Design Studio V

Korea University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Design Studio V

  • Host University

    Korea University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course objectives
    The course will explore the latest trend in city development: the mixed-use approach. As long as the post-modern city started facing new levels of complexity, the limits of The Modern Movement’s dogma, the functional zoning, became evident. From the 90s a new philosophy started to give shape to the interventions in the city, at both the urban and the architectural scale: the mixed-use approach, based on the blending of different activities in a building, a building complex or in a neighborhood. Where applied, the results of this approach are positively assessed, although methods and scale of intervention may vary from place to place. The course will examine and compare meaningful mixed-use interventions of different scale, in different parts of the world, which will serve as a reference for the design.
    The project will deal with the topic at the architectural scale; the goal of the design will be the realization of an original mixed-use building which, hopefully, overcomes the conventional characteristics of this type and tries to propose something new for the city of the 21st century.

    As a pedagogic objective, the course aims at enhancing the students’ capability to turn a design concept into a real and consistent project, fully developed from the technical and functional point of view, and efficiently integrated into the urban environment. The topic, in fact, allows considering several practical aspects of the design and building process, such as urban and architectural sustainability, programming, accessibility, and safety.
    The ultimate goal of the design will be a meaningful space where functional and cultural issues are equally developed.

    Course structure.
    - Individual tutorial (desk critics), to develop the design process
    - Lectures/seminars, to deepen crucial issues of the topic
    - Workshops, providing practical knowledge about specific aspects of the topic
    - Class discussions (during lectures, presentations, etc.), to exchange ideas and share experiences
    - Field trips: visits to educational buildings or sites.

    Textbook/ Reference

    • Coupland, A. Reclaiming the City: Mixed-use development, Taylor & Francis, 1996.
    • Choo, Yeon Kyeong, Single family, Mixed-use complex, Multifamily, Social housing, Damdi, 2015.
    • Jerde Partnership, Building Type Basics for Retail and Mixed-Use Facilities, Wiley, 2003.
    • Paredes C., Paredes Benitez C. Contemporary urban design, University of Minnesota Press, 2009.
    • Cooper R., Evans G., Boyko C. Designing sustainable cities, Wiley-Blackwell Pub., 2009.
    • Preiser, W.F.E., Universal design handbook, McGraw-Hill, 2001.
    • Kemper A.M. Architectural handbook: environmental analysis, architectural programming, design and technology, and construction, Wiley, 1979.
    • Neufert, E &P. Architects' Data, Wiley-Blackwell, 4th edition 2012.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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