An Innovative Approach in Architectural Education: Designing a Utopia ¬リニ

  • Huseyin Uzunboylu, Selay Yurtkuran, Gözde Kırlı, Yavuz Taneli
  • Published 2016


Architectural design education requires a process oriented studio environment that involves creative thinking and hands on experience. It is suggested that utopias may be a valuable teaching tool within this studio environment. Despite the long history of utopias in architecture itself, they have been underutilized as studio teaching material. Utopias may be offered as readings, i.e. Platon’s ‘The Republic’, Thomas More’s ‘Utopia’, and Francis Bacon’s ‘New Atlantis’, but also as avenues of exploration. This paper describes the process undergone in a first-year basic design course of an architecture department, where utopias have been utilized as an educational tool to foster creative thinking skills. Specifically, the process involves the creation of a utopic scenario about ‘An Alternate 2012’, in a different World following a fracture in time. Students have been assigned with creating new life forms and appropriately designed living spaces. The design process and final products are presented. Potential benefits of this innovative educational approach are discussed further in the article. © 2013 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. Selection and or peer-review under responsibility of Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zehra Özçınar, Ataturk Teacher Training Academy, North Cyprus

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@inproceedings{Uzunboylu2016AnIA, title={An Innovative Approach in Architectural Education: Designing a Utopia ¬リニ}, author={Huseyin Uzunboylu and Selay Yurtkuran and G{\"{o}zde Kırlı and Yavuz Taneli}, year={2016} }