Summer Course in Urban Design and Planning

27 May

URBDP 498G Measuring Urban Form
SLN 13737
Term B, July 21-August 19
MW 9:10-10:40
Instructor: Dr. Dalit Shach-Pinsly

Throughout the years there have always been attempts to understand urban environments by measuring and evaluating the urban form: from the days of creating Nolli maps, through drawing cognitive maps and by using new technologies assisting these measurements. Today there is growing interest in measuring urban form variables, in addition to parameters of quality of the environment as it affects urban form, to better understand the urban environment and to assist in developing future urban design. The importance of objective measurement of urban form will be the core of this course; in addition to emphasizing its necessity for the development of future urban design.

The students will examine a wide range of methods and tools for measuring various aspects of urban form and parameters of the urban environment, such as: (a) methods and tools for visibility analysis; (b) visual openness to the view; (c) the Isovist; as well as other related issues such as (d) visual privacy, visual exposure and visual security; (e) movement in space: the space syntax method; (f) methods of measuring and visualizing density. Following this survey, students will study and demonstrate the methods and tools on chosen case studies. In addition, students will search for new and more advanced ways of measuring the urban form and other measurable environmental qualities to better develop the urban design.

Course requirements:
Each method will be discussed in class by introduction, demonstration and explanation, followed by critical reading of papers. Completing exercises 1 and 2.

Exercise 1:
Theoretical approach in the search for new and advanced methods of measuring urban form and environmental qualities affecting urban design.

Exercise 2:
Choosing two methods and two sites for creating a comparative evaluation of two chosen methods. The area sites must be equal, (400m / 400m or 100m/100m in relation to the analysis methods).
• Creating comparative evaluation between 2 different methods on the same project.
• Creating comparative evaluation between 2 different methods on two different projects. • Findings and critique conclusions.
• The added value for understanding the project and for future urban development.

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