The perception of landscape architecture changes the shape of our living environments. Cities or rural lands, they are all reflections of cultural and ecological changes through land, vegetation, water, natural and constructed environment. This studio discusses the fundamental design approaches while focusing on the observer and the outer user profile. The studio will be conducted under two main modules “Realizing the Future on Mars” and “Future of Landscape in Historical Reality”.

Dr. Meliz Akyol Alay
Res. Assist. Çisem DEMİREL

The Project III studio introduces students to the fundamental elements of landscape design at the scale of public space. The studio investigates landscape design methods and approaches, based on morphological, experiential and visual, to develop spatial landscape setting with diverse programs and functions.

The studio helps students to develop spatial literacy, ability to represent landscape and critical design thinking. The objective of this studio is to gain an understanding of the design process and hybrid solutions to common conceptual design problems. The 14 week studio program is accompanied by three common workshops and seminars that are organized within an interdisciplinary perspective by the active involvement of instructors and students from urban and regional planning and architecture departments to create an interactive studio environment.


In the context of the first module, students will be dealing with the complexities of the site to develop design ideas based on the local context of the planet Mars. Mars is the most earth-like alien planet in our solar system and facing space exploration in near future. This class will let students study and analyze the environment of this alien planet and will let them select the perfect landing spot for the first expedition team.
The class will give students conditions such as the payload of the rocket, the number of members in the expedition team, the period of the expedition and necessary supplies, etc. Students will be able to use Google Mars-like online service to investigate.


The second module of the studio includes development of design ideas with respect to preliminary investigation of the site. With this perspective the main goal of the second module is to develop small scale design interventions which are going to be attached to the existing spatial setting of the Haliç. The rich historical background of this unique estuary and ecological structure of the landscape will be scrutinized in this module. Site specific design regarding these cultural settings, geographical context and topography will be expected from students.

The design proposals will be developed for the sites which will be chosen by students in the light of their individual assessments. The potentials of the land, topographical advantages, vista points, natural setting, usage behavior, existing spatial layout, historic and cultural characteristics will be leading parameters for site selections.