Urban Design

Engineering drawing 1:  UD 103


   In this course the student will be introduced to the fundamental and basics of architectural drawing. This is done by providing the student with adequate knowledge in this field by presenting the  terminologies, tools and rules of engineering drawing and the ability to imagination and the basics of vertical projections, plans, elevations, sections, isometrics and scale to improve the drawing skills.

Engineering drawing 2:  UD 109


   This is an introductory course where the student will be introduced to the fundamental and basics of architectural presentation skills. This is achieved by exploring the various methods and techniques of the newest medias of presentation. It also involves the basics of shadow and perspective for masses and urban forms. In addition to using of colours in the presentation and assignments of urban and architecture engineering drawing and freehand drawing. 

Development Skills :  UD 1132


   This course has a changing syllabus, which varies on yearly basis. It is a changeable course according to student selecting and programme requirements. Student has a wide selection of topics in urban presentation, mapping presentations, designing by computer (CAD), projects presentations and architectural models. 

Architecture & Urban Morphology :  UD 114


   An introductory course of the basics and fundamentals of Architectural design. It also explores the principles of urban form as well as the philosophy of designing. Urban form and its relation to the surrounding urban areas and environment will be examined through a case study then designing a building or a group of buildings with one function only. 

Selected Topics in Architecture & Urbanism :  UD 119


   This course has a changing syllabus, which varies on yearly basis. During the last years the course focuses on introducing the knowledge of building construction to the planning students. The course presents the students with the required knowledge for reading and creating building and construction drawings. 

Architectural Design :  UD 120


   This is an applied course which involves a simple architecture / service urban project-with one function that helps to know the mutuality relation between form, shape and environment and how to deal with the design problems such as function with shape, also study the relation between paths and spaces, how to deal with location and climate properties and presenting design by CAD or hand engineering drawing.

Urban Design 1 :  UD 201


   This course is an introduction in urban design. It involves the principles of the alternative of city form visual perception and visual form of city analysis which contains visual image, visual elements of visual form and design criteria. There are some practical studies:


1. Methods of data collection.

2. Analysis and presentation methods.

3. Survey and analysis of visual form elements of an area (study area).

4. Analysis and redesign of urban spaces.

5. City form research.

Landscape Architecture :  UD 206


   This course introduces the student to the understanding of the philosophy of landscape architecture profession. This is done by series of lectures which includes covering the various topics concerning the profession such as (spaces, buildings, trees, street furniture, water, land, etc) and the history, theories and principles of garden design over years and the effect of local changeable such as climate and traditional in the design process. All the previous will be practical in one or more garden design project.

Urban Conservation & Upgrading UD 212


   This course aims to know the problems of existed urban areas and the phenomenon of urban deterioration and its types, reasons, measuring methods and techniques of treatments. It involves the urban areas classifications in cities (historical, traditional residential areas and informal residential areas) and the treatments methods of urban areas for historical city centre, traditional residential areas and informal residential areas. There is a practical part to observe and measure the phenomena of existed urban areas and determining the treatment policies.

Urban Design History & Theories UD 330


    This course introduces urban design for distinguished international cities and its development over the years. It also explores urban design analysis basics and techniques. In this course the impact of natural, social and behavioral factors on urban texture and urban form will be discovered and highlighted. 

Urban Design (2) UD 331


   This is a studio work and practical training course. The main objective of this studio work is to study the socio-urban fabric and its integration between urban development and the economic aspects to achieve sustainability. We will examine international models and examples for development with an application of urban areas or existing urban corridors.

Design of Urban Communities UD 336


    It is a studio work oriented course which deals with the relation between designing techniques and urban community's development, where public participation and the interaction among different governmental organizations, local authorities and designers is a must. In addition to that the studies of the relation inter alia the constructed environment and people behaviors. Student will also learn how to deal with urban community problems and the coordination with concerned authorities. Study of the community needs and requirements, and explaining the methods of integrating all these needs within urban development in very important in this course.

Selected Topics in Urban Design UD 3331


    This course has a changing syllabus, which varies on yearly basis. It varies yearly according to the updated topics. It covers various topics concerning urban design aspects such as, urban spaces, city design, urban texture, water front and touristic villages.

Site Planning & Engineering (1) UD 211


    This course introduces -through practical application- the process of site analysis. It will give the student an overview about layout properties and analysis in order to achieve the main design criteria and land use distribution, in addition to site economics and planning design. The design process is fully covered through the study of principles, variables and grading techniques.

Site Planning & Engineering (2) UD 3332


    This course is preliminary for planning and designing roads networks and utilities. In Addition to that, a studio work study will help the student to understand the basics rough grading. A surface drainage for rainwater and its impact on planning and designing the infrastructure will be studied. Student will also learn how to prepare the detailed working drawings for all these networks.

Walkable Cities UD 3333


    An exploration of the main criteria of pedestrian paths design will be addressed in this course. The Neo-traditional orientation with the old traditional designing perception for pedestrian network will be presented and studied with an integral and harmonious way with the transportation network. Designing a safe and environmentally convenient pedestrian network will be addressed. Also, an applied study for pedestrian networks in local, regional and international case studies will be studied during the course.

Urban Design Methodologies UD 3334


    This course examines the application of the learnt design process, (Mission – Goals – Aims – Case Studies – The evolution of the design ideology – Designing alternatives – Assessment – Evaluation – Implementation). The working phases, inputs and outputs will be discussed. Also the analysis and the information deduction are presented in the course and how the problems are being solved, will be highlighted. Modern designing techniques in urban design such as (Designing with public participation – Sustainability – Fast interaction approach) will be explored.

Urban Design (3) UD 335


    The course presents a comprehensive urban design studio teaching the students the various practical dimensions of the urban design process. By the end of the course students should be capable of creating a complete physical urban design project.

Principles & Aesthetics of Urban Design UD 337


    A study of city urban form will be presented in this course, through getting to know planning theories, the basis of urban design aesthetics and it's impact on city urban form. A study of urban space and it's components, perception and the relation between the space and the place. There will also be a preamble introduction to the steps and methods of analyzing the urban environment. This course will also focuses on the impact of stake holders on the formation and the aesthetics of urban form.

Graduation Project (1) UD 3 UD 1


    This is the first part of graduation project of Urban Design. Students will learn how to choose a project that matches their approaches like, Landscape planning or designing, Urban designing or in the field of preservation and upgrading.  Through this curriculum, the main concentration will be on the main problems of the real world. The role of the planner is to act in order to enhance the life of the urban cities residents. So as to reach that, students will learn how to prepare an actual project methodology through, studying and analysing past experiences and case studies that matches the type of the project to elicit the learned lessons from these experiences. At the end of this course student must present the achieved study and present it in front of a prestigious professors so as to give students a constructive criticism.

Graduation Project (2) UD 3 UD 2


   This is the second and the final part in preparing the final graduation project in Urban Design. Student will continue on what was achieved on the prior course. Setting goals and the analysis of problems, opportunities, potential and cases is indispensable part of this project. Presenting the importance of the project problematic issue is highly important. Throughout the preparation of graduation project, student will grasp the ideology of taking planning decisions, setting alternatives and evaluation it, analyzing the final detailed program and preparing the final project documents. Project will also be presented on banners in front of prestigious professors so as to give students a constructive criticism on how they solved the problem through their design.