Course Information
SchoolSchool of Spatial Planning and Development
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorGaryfallia Katsavounidou
Course ID600019950

Programme of Study: PPS Tmīmatos Mīchanikṓn CΗōrotaxías kai Anáptyxīs (2020-sīmera)

Registered students: 76
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective Courses744

Class Information
Academic Year2021 – 2022
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
Regarding Erasmus students: For attending this course, students must have conquered the basic background of knowledge and skills in urban design and in urban analysis
Learning Outcomes
Upon the completion of the course, the students will be able to: • understand the concept of "human scale" in urban design, its history and diachronic importance, as well as the various different expressions of the concept in our time • grasp the crucial influence of the design of public space on "life between buildings", and its role as the physical context for people's everyday experiences and quality of life in the city, • connect theory and praxis through the critical examination of design practices and through evaluation of realized examples, through methods of observational studies, under the prism of human-centered design • implement the basic principles of human-centered approach in their proposals and projects, from the strategic level to the level of physical design of urban space
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course is intended for students who are interested in answering the following questions: - How can urban design work towards a better life in the city? - What makes an urban environment attractive? What are the characteristics of successful public spaces? - Which set of knowledge, tools and techniques do we need in order to design the city for a better satisfaction of people's needs, but also for a more sustainable future? The course is organized in 13 three-hour meetings, which include a presentation by the instructor but have a strong seminar-type character, with an emphasis on students' active participation and interaction. Emphasis is put on team work and dialogue, through various educational tools, such as group exercises in class, worksheets, movie screenings and discussions on them, group projects, either bibliographical or based on field study. In certain cases, a part of the class will take place through field visits (in various public spaces and neighborhoods in the city of Thessaloniki). The course syllabus is the following: 1) Basic terminology: definition of 'human scale' and of human-centered approach in urban studies 2) Historical overview of the concept of human scale: From prehistory to the Industrial Revolution 3) Historical overview of the concept of human scale: From the Industrial Revolution to 1960 4) The social aspect in urban studies and the human-centered approach from 1960 to our days 5) "Putting people first": Basic principles of human-centered approach in urban planning and in urban design 6) Basic principles: mobility and streets I 7) Basic principles: mobility and streets II 8) Basic principles: spaces for gathering and recreation 9) Nature in the city 10) Research methodology in field recognition and urban analysis 11) 'Bottom-up strategic planning for urban intervention 12) From strategy to materialization: Financing tools for urban design interventions 13) Learning from feedback: The importance of Post Occupancy Evaluation
urban design, human scale, public space, observational studies, urban project methodology
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Video lectures
  • Multimedia
  • Interactive excersises
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
In class there will be in use: PC, projector and speakers (for AV media). All course material (lectures, assignments, bibliography) will be available in the course page in elearning. Communication with students will be done via e-mail and via forum in elearning. Self-evaluation quizzes and final exam will be done in elearning.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment12
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities6
Written assigments12
Student Assessment
Students' evaluation will be based on: - Active participation in class (lectures and seminars) and in field visits [20%] - Tests via elearning [25%] - Written assignments [30%] - Final exam [25%]
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Gehl, J. (2013). Η Ζωή Ανάμεσα στα Κτίρια: Χρησιμοποιώντας το δημόσιο χώρο. Βόλος: Πανεπιστημιακές Εκδόσεις Θεσσαλίας. Στεφάνου, Ι. & Στεφάνου, Ι. (1999). Περιγραφή της εικόνας της πόλης. Αθήνα: Πανεπιστημιακές Εκδόσεις ΕΜΠ.
Additional bibliography for study
Appleyard, D. & Lintell, M. (1972). The Environmental Quality of City Streets: The Residents Viewpoint, Journal of the American Institute of Planners. Vol. 38, nº2, pp. 84-101. Appleyard, D. (1981). Livable Streets. University of California Press. Banerjee, Τ. & Loukaitou‐Sideris, Α. (επιμ.). Companion to Urban Design. London, UK: Routledge. Birch, E.L. (2006). "Whyte on Whyte: a walk in the city", στο Platt, R.H. (επιμ.), The Humane Metropolis: People and Nature in the 21st-Century City. Amherst. 25-31. Birch, E. (2011). "From CIAM to CNU: The roots and thinkers of modern urban design", στο Banerjee, Τ. και Loukaitou‐Sideris, Α. (επιμ.), Companion to Urban Design. London, UK: Routledge, 9-29. Birch, E.L., Little, C.E., Strong, A., Balsley, T., LaFarge, A. Whyte, H. (2006). "Part One: The Man Who Loved Cities" στο The Humane Metropolis: People and Nature in the 21st-Century City, 2. Ανακτήθηκε από from https://scholarworks.umass.edu/umpress_thm/2 Carmona, M. (2014). The Place-shaping Continuum: A Theory of Urban Design Process, Journal of Urban Design, 19:1, 2-36, DOI: 10.1080/13574809.2013.854695 Carmona, M. & Tiesdell, S. (επιμ.) (2007). Urban Design Reader. Oxford and Burlington, MA: Architectural Press. Cullen, G. (1961). The Concise Townscape. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company. Gehl, J. & Svarre, B. (2013). How to Study Public Life. Washington DC: Island Press. Glaser M., Van't Hoff M., Karssenberg, H. (2012). The city at eye level. Lessons for street plinths. Delft, Eburon. Jacobs, J. (1961). The Death and Life of Great American Cities. Modern Library. Koolhaas, R. (1995). "What ever happened to urbanism", στο Koolhaas, R. & Mau, B. (επιμ.), S, M, L, XL. Köln: Taschen, 961–971 Kullmann, Κ. (2018). Design with (human) nature: recovering the creative instrumentality of social data in urban design, Journal of Urban Design, DOI: 10.1080/13574809.2018.1433530 Lynch, K. (1960). The Image of the City. MIT Press. Southworth, M. (2016), Learning to make livable cities, Journal of Urban Design, 21:5, 570-573, DOI: 10.1080/13574809.2016.1220152 Spirn, A. W. (1984). The granite garden: Urban nature and human design. New York: Basic Books Whyte W. (1980), The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces, Washington, DC: The Conservation Foundation
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