Description of Courses given by City and Regional Planning Department

First Year Courses

CRP 101-102 Planning Studio I-II (4-8)8
The aim of CRP 101 studio is to help students to develop the notion of abstract thinking, attain an ability of representation, develop design skills and appropriate design language in order to develop basic design skills and visual culture. Exercises offered in the studio try to enable students to get acquainted with various concepts concerning order, balance, positive-negative values, three-dimensional representation etc. In CRP 102, the students are asked to use the abilities gained in abstract basic design thinking to real situations, that is, space-mass relations, topography, location analysis, movement patterns, hierarchical organization and they are expected to develop methods of problem definition, formulation, analysis and design.
Prerequisite for CRP 102: CRP 101

CRP 105 Origins of Urbanism and the Process of Urbanization (3-0)3
This is a course on urbanization in the past and at present. It is an introduction to basic processes of man-environment relations. Key social institutions and social relations (authority, economic, culture and identity) are analyzed. Emergence of urban life and the process of urbanization in the Western world and the Developing countries and related problems (employment, housing, migration, environment, and poverty) are stressed.

CRP 106 Urban Sociology (3-0)3
This course deals with the city in modern times, in 20th and 21st centuries. The metropolitan and post-metropolitan phenomena is one of the main issues. Social differentiation, economic restructuration, social and spatial change, social networks (local and global), social polarization are other issues that are analyzed in the course. Main approaches in urban sociology are also introduced.

CRP 111 City and Planning (3-0)3
Types of settlements. Emergence, growth and decline of cities. Urbanization. Urban economy. Urban hierarchy and settlement patterns. Urban land values. Speculation. Urban land use. Urban morphology. Urban ecology. Typology of urban problems. Urban politics and urban administration. Planning and management. Urban design and planning processes. Issues of urban development planning. Issues of urban conservation and rehabilitation planning. Issues of urban infrastructure and transportation planning. Natural environment and the city.

CRP 146 Computer Programming (2-2)3
Introduction to computers, hardware and software, operating systems, software applications, word processing, spreadsheets, data-base management, programming techniques, algorithms, flowcharting, introduction to and basic concepts of geographical information systems

Second Year Courses

CRP 201-202 Planning Studio III-IV (4-8)8
The aim of this planning studio is to give theoretical and practical skills of comprehensive planning. Hence the town in focus is studied in its regional context, its problems are depicted, its parts are defined. Finally in handling the whole, land use and transportation compatibility is searched and as far as parts are concerned design skills in shaping the urban environment are developed.
Prerequisite for CRP 201: CRP 102
Prerequisite for CRP 202: CRP 201

CRP 211 The City in History I (3-0)3
General introduction to theoretical and methodological problems in historical analysis of cities and urbanization; the supply of changing spatial and physical pattern of cities in relation to changing socio-economic structure of Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman periods in Anatolia in comparison with early Medieval Renaissance and Baroque periods in Europe.

CRP 212 The City in History II (3-0) 3
The Industrial Revolution and the structural analysis of the early Industrial City; different concepts and movements in city planning after the Industrial revolution and the development of city planning as a profession in the industrial society; the transformation of the Ottoman City in the 19th century; 20th century city: case studies from Europe, American and Middle East.

CRP 242 Urban Geography (3-0)3
Discusses settlement systems and hierarchies, models of urban form, land use types and density variations in urban space, different statistical methods for the description and analysis of spatial distributes and gives a critical summary of planners' value judgments towards land use planning in urban areas.
Prerequisite: STAT 201

CRP 290 Summer Practice: Mapping, Topography, Computer Presentation NC
Analysis and measurement of topographical elements, mapping cartographic data through the use of computer techniques.

Third Year Courses

CRP 301-302 Planning Studio V-VI (4-8)8
In the third year studio the cartographic and quantitative data compiled in the CRP 290 Summer Practice as well as the local data and observations obtained through a short excursion to the study area will be evaluated together. The third year planning studio will be conducted in two phases. The first is a detailed urban study devised to comprehend urban structures and to identify major planning issues. The aim of this first phase is to define major planning goals to be pursued in the second phase. The second phase constitutes an exercise to simulate the process of structure planning.
Prerequisite for CRP 301: CRP 202
Prerequisite for CRP 302: CRP 301

CRP 333 Introduction to Urban DEsign (3-0)3

The course introduces the origins, challenges and purposes of urban design. It provides several aspects and dimensions of urban design (morphological, perceptual, visual and social) and illustrates the multi-dimensional characteristics of this field by using videos, visual materials on the project examples from both Turkey and different countries around the world. The roles of public spaces, their changing roles and significance in the post-industrial cities are other subject of concern of this course. Design guidelines and codes especially regarding public space design are exlained in detail.

CRP 334 Urban Design Workshop II (1-4)3
Deals with the understanding and analysis of urban elements such as the street, the square, and buildings and their interrelations with the urban system. Special emphasis given to buildings in terms of their types, forms and functions.

CRP 341 Urban Economics (3-0)3
Economic theory and purposes of urban planning; functions of urban planning in market economies. Formation and distribution of value in the physical environment; approaches in the explanation of rent relations; measurement of value in urban land and property. Behavioral patterns in property markets; investment, development, renewal and rehabilitation decisions. Planning decisions to monitor values and behavior in property markets; implications of development rights, tenure forms, rent control and "other channels of control".

CRP 351 Urban Transport Planning (3-0)3
Designed to cover a whole range of issues related to urban transportation. Main themes are context and definition of urban transportation planning, characteristics of urban travel, transportation planning and decision making, demand and supply analyses. Transport economics and transport for a sustainable future are examined. Issues regarding the urban land/use, location choice of urban activities and transportation also analyzed.

CRP 371 Planning Techniques

CRP 372 Planning Theory (3-0)3
Development of planning idea and thought, differentiation between planning and design, planning processes, urban planning programming, planning techniques and ethics.

CRP 382 Legal and Administrative Aspects of Planning (3-0)3
A broad theoretical approach on the subject of the administrative and the organizational approach to the process of planning. A review of legal concepts in Turkish legislative, judiciary and administrative systems. Study of the urban planning process in relation to central and local governments. Analysis of planning and development laws, by-laws and regulations and their usage.

CRP 390 Summer Practice: Data Collection for Studio and Computer Presentation (3-0)3
Students gather and analyze the data required for the third and fourth year studio work. Data analyzed and archived in computers for the use in forthcoming studio work.

CRP 392 Urban Conservation Planning

Fourth Year Courses

CRP 401-402 Planning Studio VII-VIII (4-8)8
Analytical and planning studies of a metropolitan city or region are conducted in the fourth year planning studio that concentrates on thematic or place-bound problematics of the city in focus. After analytical studies, diverse groups work on different problems (centre, housing, image and many other components) of the city under scrutiny to gain further skills in the use of planning and implementation tools, economic analyses, social problems, urban engineering or urban design.
Prerequisite for CRP 401: CRP 302
Prerequisite for CRP 402: CRP 401

CRP 404 Contemporary Issues in City and Regional Planning

CRP 409 Urban Politics

The course is designed to familiarize students with the political context of urban development in terms of urban policies and governance, and conflicts/alliances among political actors over urban space. A special emphasis is placed on Turkish cities and the Turkish experience of urbanization. Lectures mainly focus on the theoretical foundations of urban politics, the political analysis of Turkish urbanization, and current issues and problems of urban politics in Turkey. International experiences are also referred to and explained throughout the classes, when necessary. 

CRP 414 Urban and Regional Project Management (3-0)3
Project Cycle Management; Logical Framework Analysis; social Impact Assessment; Project Design; Negotiation and Stakeholder Analysis; Monitoring and Assessment; Financial Estimation and Evaluation.

CRP 415 Social Aspects of Planning (3-0)3
Seminar Topics: Behavior, urban environment and planning; territoriality, micro, meso, macro space behavior; environmental values, needs as related to contextual environment; interpersonal interaction; environmental stress factors; aesthetics, quantity and quality of life; planning/designing for people and/or with people.

CRP 418 The Theory of Economic and Spatial Development (3-0)3
The concept of development, different theories of economic development, economic development and planning, regional development theories, regional development theories and practice in the European Union, in different European countries and Turkey.

CRP 419 Visions and Strategies for Socio-Spatial Development (3-0)3
Strategic planning and future visioning; scenario writing approach; social marketing and negotiation processes; strategies in geopolitics; strategies for stakeholder society and spatial development strategies.

CRP 421 Population Dynamics and Planning (3-0)3
Introductory course to familiarize the students with the field of demography. Provide the students with the basic principles, methods and techniques of demography which are especially relevant for the planners. Both the conceptual and technical issues. Comparative examples from developing and developed countries. Mainly age and sex structure, vital rates and aggregate population projection.
Prerequisite: Instructor's consent

CRP 423 Computer Application of Statistical Techniques to City and Regional Planning (3-0)3
Application of statistical methods and techniques (which are taught in STAT 201 and 202) to city and regional planning problems. Package program of SPSSWIN. Mainly, descriptive univariate statistics, inferential statistics, chi-square analysis, correlation and regression analyses. Several homework.

CRP 425 Application of Demographic Techniques to Turkish Data (3-0)3
Application of the demographic methods and techniques to the real world Turkish data. Specific province as a case study. Package programs of SPSSWIN and FIVSIN. Interactive use of computer. Discuss the changes in the output when the input data are changed. Mainly, aggregate and disaggregate (cohort-survival) population projection. Several homework.

CRP 433 Economics of Development and the Economy of Turkey (3-0)3
Different theories and schools of thought in development economics. The evolution of the economic structure and the planning experience during the Republican period in the light of these general theories.

CRP 437 Urban History Workshop (3-0)3
Methodological issues in urban history; various theories and models of the city; comparative case studies from changing structures and networks in different regions of the world; socio-morphological transformations in the 19th and 20th century European, Middle Eastern Far Eastern and American cities.

CRP 438 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems in Planning Practice (3-0)3
Understanding of information systems, basic concepts, introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS), data conversion, available technology, hardware, software, peripherals, GIS as a tool for planners, use of GIS in planning. Basic project design steps for data conversion, raster to vector conversion and GIS, database design, automation of data, query and analysis of spatial data. Sample projects, computer applications.

CRP 444 Application Development in Geographic Information Systems (3-0)3
Developing site and user-specific GIS applications. An overview of basic GIS tools and scripting for developing graphical user interfaces. The design of application development and case studies where students are expected to develop their own applications.

CRP 450 New Spaces of Growth and Production (3-0)3
Recent issues on geography of production, new spaces of growth, and changing spatial organization of the world system. General discussion on dynamics of the changes in spatial organization of production. The theoretical explanations on the emergence of new nodes of growth. Industrial districts, learning regions, border regions, nodes urban areas as nodes of networks, technology based developing areas.

CRP 451 Models in Urban Planning I (3-0)3
Introduces modeling as the logical outcome of the systems approach and emphasizes its increasing role in the planning field since 1960s. The course aims to give a basic background for the model building process. Specific topics include; systems theory, mapping theory, theory-model relationships, types of urban models, the spatial interaction (gravity) model.

CRP 452 Models in Urban Planning II (3-0)3
By using the entropy maximization method, generalizes the classical gravity model and thus introduces the family of spatial interaction models. Reviews the Lowry-Garin model and other derivatives. Considers also some selected urban models. Emphasizes the calibration methods, gives worked examples and encourages the computer applications. Discusses how they can be used as location models in urban policy making. Compares first and second generation of urban models, evaluates the present trends.

CRP 455 Aesthetics and Human Experience in Urban Design (3-0)3
An overview of environmental psychology. Issues of environmental perception and cognition, elements and structure of mental maps, orientation and wayfinding, environmental aesthetics, diversity and environment, use of psychological information to evaluate environments, programming for design for human use, implementation tools of environmental attributes salient to human use. Self-managing in -depth group discussions on environment and human experience reflecting on case studies.

CRP 466 Labor Market Dynamics in Global Restructuring and Spatial Transformation (3-0)3
Presents the current issues and debates on the interrelations between labor market and urban planning. Provides an overview of various approaches within the field of labor market analyses in the context of global restructuring along with an emphasis on their relevance for urban social transformation.

CRP 471 Principles of Housing (3-0)3
Definition of housing as a specific commodity; the concepts of housing need and housing demand; forms of housing provision, characteristics of housebuilding industry; housing finance systems; state housing policies: subsidizing housing, rent control, social rented housing; unauthorized housing.

CRP 476 Housing Research (3-0)3
Research projects are formulated on relevant subjects and presented to the class and completed in the light of class discussion.

CRP 479 Implementational Aspects of Urban Planning with Reference to Legal and Administrative Issues (3-0)3
Aims to present current issues and debates on the planning legislation related to coastal areas, natural and built environment, privatization of public land, touristic development and similar subjects all of which are closely attached to the implementation of plans and the practice of planners involved in professional life.
Prerequisite: Instructor's consent

CRP 483 Policy Design and Evaluation (3-0)3
Introduction to policy analysis, design and evaluation. The process of public policy making, the analytical options open to the policy analyst, the key concepts and arguments of policy and program design, the methods and practice of social policy/program evaluation, new directions in policy field.

CRP 485 Evolving Gender Issues in Contemporary Urban Planning (3-0)3
Presents the current issues and debates on the interrelations between gender issues and the urban planning discipline. Provides and overview of various approaches within feminist geography and their relevance for a new agenda in urban planning.

CRP 486 Urban Regeneration: Strategies, Policies, Organization and Design

The course introduces the origins, challenges and purposes of urban regenaration, and brings the more detailed discussions which urban regeneration contains into the class. Besides, it introduces basic notions of urban regeneration, such as partnership, strategy and the lessons that may be gained from the study of best practice; and provides students with an introduction to the basic themes and topics that are fundamental to an understanding of the urban regeneration process. The course also introduces students to the issues that govern the ways in which urban regeneration proceeds and how it is organized. It also gives students the opportunity to study the experience of urban regeneration in Europe, North America and Turkey; and to distil the major lessons from the past and present experience of urban regeneration in order to identify the future role of, and prospects for urban regeneration in Turkish cities.

CRP 488 Institutional aspects of Urban and Regional Planning (3-0)3
An overview of globalization and the new economy. Issues of institutional change and governance. In-depth discussions on regional and urban governance together with the analysis of case studies.

CRP 490 Summer Practice: Municipal, Public or Private Planning Office NC
Students work in private planning offices or public bodies, especially in municipalities, in order to familiarize themselves with the current planning practice.

CRP 495 Urban Political Analysis (3-0)3
Structured around the urban life. Embraces power and politics from the very emergence of the human settlements. Introduction to the basic concepts and theories of political power, state, local state and their analysis in urban context.

CRP 499 Seminar in Selected Urban Political Issues (3-0)3
Seminar course around the contemporary topics in urban political context. The aim of the course is to concentrate students' previous theoretical knowledge on different urban issues; to reexamine and evaluate the current urban problems of our cities by using the frameworks developed by those theories; to test the relevance and the validity of different paradigms in this context. Major areas of concern are politics of urban spatial structuration, urban service provision, land ownership, social movements and the politics of urban planning issues.