Course title
Placemaking Studies

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Course content
The course focuses on the methods to create and maintain urban public spaces where variety of activities is seen. For that purpose, it is important to observe a place, find the facts and problems regarding to the physical environment and uses. Student will first set up a hypothesis and then test it, by conducting a research to analyze and evaluate urban places, and then present appropriate design alternatives and management methods.
The methods to be used in the course include direct observation, field measurements, typological studies, interviews and statistical analysis.
Purpose of class
The purpose of the class is to acquire skills to observe, analyze a public space by testing hypothesis, and propose alternative design and management methods to make it a place where positive public life is seen.
Goals and objectives
  1. Understand the meaning of an urban place and public life.
  2. Develop ability to set up a hypothesis and conduct a research to test it.
  3. Based on the research results, develop alternative space design and management method.
Class schedule

Class schedule HW assignments (Including preparation and review of the class.) Amount of Time Required
1. Introduction Read reference materials. 100minutes
2. Research methods of urban environment and spaces Read reference materials. 100minutes
3. Filed survey 1 Observe the activities and physical environment of the site. 300minutes
4. Reading and discussion on placemaking 1 Read reference materials. 200minutes
5. Reading and discussion on placemaking 2 Read reference materials. 200minutes
6. Field Survey 2 Prepare for the mid-term presentation 1. 300minutes
7. Reading and discussion on placemaking 3 Read reference materials. 200minutes
8. Reading and discussion on placemaking 4 Read reference materials. 200minutes
9. Mid-Term Presentation Prepare for the mid-term presentation. 300minutes
10. Field survey 3 Prepare for the mid-term presentation 2. 300minutes
11. Reading and discussion on placemaking 5 Read reference materials. 200minutes
12. Reading and discussion on placemaking 6 Read reference materials. 200minutes
13. Preparation for final presentation Prepare for the final presentation. 300minutes
14. Final presentation and discussion Prepare for the final presentation. 300minutes
Total. - - 3200minutes
Relationship between 'Goals and Objectives' and 'Course Outcomes'

In class presentation Final presentation and report Total.
1. 12% 18% 30%
2. 12% 18% 30%
3. 16% 24% 40%
Total. 40% 60% -
Evaluation method and criteria
All students are required to make presentations in the course and submit a final report.
Weight for grading
-Class participation and presentation: 33%
-Final presentation and report: 67%
Textbooks and reference materials
References will be presented in the class.
Students who have interests in urban environmental design and public life are most welcomee.
Office hours and How to contact professors for questions
  • Regular office hour : Mondays 12:30-13:10, by appointment is preferred. Other times will be available by appointment.
    Meeting by appointment is also available. Contact
Regionally-oriented course
Development of social and professional independence
  • Course that cultivates an ability for utilizing knowledge
  • Course that cultivates a basic problem-solving skills
Active-learning course
Most classes are interactive
Course by professor with work experience
Work experience Work experience and relevance to the course content if applicable
Applicable The course will be managed and instructed by the professor who has long years of experience of professional practice, in the field of urban planning and design.
Education related SDGs:the Sustainable Development Goals
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