Perception of the Real World—Understanding Historic Environments, an Informal Design Studio: Walking Istanbul Series


Design education is the most important part of architectural education. Formal architectural education (training), followed by an architect in the candidate’s training period, is a whole consisting of theoretical and practical courses. In spite of this programme package, in design education, student acquires to experience the design by his/her own and this is the only way to learn how to design. In this context, aside from formal architectural education informal studies such as workshops, seminars, conferences, exhibitions, competitions, excavation, etc. have an undeniable importance. In design education, “informal studies” have some outstanding results on developing design thinking skills, learning by doing, creating motivation, intuitive knowledge and self-confidence and at the same time these studies are a suitable tool for the LLP—lifelong learning programme. In this paper, as an informal study example two workshops will be discussed to evaluate the contributions of such informal studies on student’s individual and collective learning styles, design thinking techniques and practices.

Share and Cite:

Polatoğlu, Ç. and Vural, S. (2014) Perception of the Real World—Understanding Historic Environments, an Informal Design Studio: Walking Istanbul Series. Creative Education, 5, 457-469. doi: 10.4236/ce.2014.57055.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.


[1] Pallasmaa, J. (2009). Lecture 26 May 2009, Manuscript, XXXIII. MOBB?G Meeting Erciyes University Kayseri-Turkey.
[2] Polato?lu, ?., & Canbay Türky?lmaz, ?. (2009). YTU Architectural Design Studio 3: Experiences of Second Year. Proceedings of Architectural Design and Construction Education Experimentation towards Integration, ENSHA-EAAE Conference, Architectural Design Teachers’ and Construction Teachers’ Networks, Genoa University Architectural Faculty, Genoa, 369-378.
[3] Polato?lu, ?. (2011). Tasar?m E?itiminde Enformel Etkinliklerin ?nemi; YTü Mimarl?k B?lümü ?al??malar?. XXXIII. MOBB?G-Erciyes üniversitesi Mimarl?k B?lümü, Kayseri.
[4] ünver, R., Polato?lu, ?., & Vural, S. M. (2013). Architectural Education in The Globalizing World; The Experience in YTU. In: B. Bolak Hisarl?gil, S. L?k?e, & O. Turan, MIMED Forum IV: Flexibility in Architectural Education, Cambridge Scholars Publishing (CSP), 110-133.
[5] Zeisel, J. (1995). Inquiry by Design: Tools for Environment—Behavior Research. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Copyright © 2023 by authors and Scientific Research Publishing Inc.

Creative Commons License

This work and the related PDF file are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.