University campus design in spatial, social and political considerations

Ilgaz, Berkay
The subject matter of this research is university campus design, and it is discussed in a wider framework of some of the general concerns of the field of urban design. In this study the concept ‘campus’ is not only taken as model of university settlement, but in a broader sense, any type of space on which higher education institutions are found. The problem is defined in both a universal scale of the general issues and practices developed in the post industrial cities, and the case of Turkish higher education institutions founded in the recent years. The theoretical discussion is based on three main concepts essential to this research, which are place, society, and policy. The text presented in this thesis includes a general research on the history of universities and the evolution of university campus space, a theoretical framework based on review of the related literature, and the evaluation of the collected data regarding to the university campus design practice. The main aim of the study is to understand the nature of campus space, which is capable of producing a sense of community through shared rituals and face-to-face interactions. Also it is aimed in this research to understand to policies and how they could affect the formation of such interactions. The campus of the Middle East Technical University is chosen as a case for the empirical study, for a survey to reveal the configuration of such policies in the built environment.


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Citation Formats
B. Ilgaz, “University campus design in spatial, social and political considerations,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2014.