Studio Culture in Planning and Design Education: The Case of Turkey


ABSTRACT With the changing world of the 20th century, the planning profession has begun to change. In this change and transformation process, issues related to planning education have been the subject of many studies. This study aims to question the processes and characteristics of the project course, which is at the center of undergraduate education in Urban and Regional Planning Departments in Turkey, to compare the changes experienced in these processes from different angles owned by universities and to reveal the state of planning education today. In the first part of the research, which was handled with a deductive approach and constructed in two stages, at least 10 years of City and Regional planning department planning education in Turkey that were compared. In the second part, Karadeniz Technical University Urban and Regional Planning department was selected in the implementation phase of the studio processes, which were examined and evaluated according to institutional data with content analysis method; the process is illustrated supported by visual outputs. With this first study, which deals with the project processes within the planning discipline in a holistic, systematic and comparative manner, it is expected to increase the quality of planning and to contribute to the planning discipline.