Basic Design at Bilkent University is conducted collaboratively by the Departments of Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture and Interior Architecture and Environmental Design. The objective of the course is to introduce students to the complex lexicon of spatial design dynamics, tools and methods by going through experimental spatial design processes. The semester starts with a series of workshops on spatial Dynamics: anthropometry, structure, topography, light and shadow, and sound. The second Module is where the students start practicing spatial design.

In 2020 Spring Semester, students’ task was to design a “play-ground” that accommodated 4-6 interrelated spaces each of which have dimensions between 3 meters and 8 meters. They had to have at least one space corresponding to each social and physical attribute given: private, common, public (as social attributes) and closed, semi-closed, open (as physical attributes). This “play-ground” was for them, as the designers, to play with – not conventionally for the intended users to play on. Eventually, the design problem required them to play, through exploration and experimentation, both to propose a novel, systematic, consistent solution and to develop themselves as a designers. Starting with studies on content, context and concept, and pursuing with work on production of spaces, the whole project was run during the pandemic.


2020 Spring Instructors:Segah Sak (Course Coordinator),M. Nadim Adi,M. Tahir Ayparlar,Burcu Balaban, Y. Baver Barut, Bülent Batuman,Müge Durusu Tanrıöver, Elif Erdemir Türkkan, Gürkan Güney, M. Tevfik Gürsu, Ayşe Henry, Sema Karamanoğlu, Gökçe Kutsal, Alp G. Köse, Nilgün Olguntürk, S. Ayşe Gül Tokol, M. Pınar Uz Baki

Teaching Assistants:Serra Koz, Bilge B. Yavuzyiğit, Mahya Roshani