Comparison of the Use of Conventional and Digital Visualization Technologies in Environmental Design Education

Creative Commons License

Eren E. T., Düzenli T., Yılmaz S.

CROATIAN JOURNAL OF EDUCATION-HRVATSKI CASOPIS ZA ODGOJ I OBRAZOVANJE, vol.20, no.4, pp.1149-1171, 2018 (SSCI) identifier identifier


The rapid advances in computer technology rendered the use of the new technologies in professional disciplines such as visual arts, design, architecture and planning, where visualization is utilized prominently i.e. is a requirement. However, applications such as using conventional design tools and graphical presentation techniques, sketching, drawing plans, sections, perspectives on paper and creating models are still used in landscape architecture, architecture, interior architecture or in departments that rely on planning. Digital technologies, on the other hand, are used as supplementary tools. The aim of the present article was to determine the methods utilized predominantly in different stages of environmental design studio in landscape architecture education and the advantages and disadvantages of the utilized conventional and digital presentation techniques, and to compare the developing visualization software. In this context, the level of satisfaction of the students with these methods was determined. The study was conducted with students in the Landscape Architecture Department attending Karadeniz Technical University (KTU). The study findings demonstrated that the satisfaction levels of architecture students with digital technologies were higher when compared to conventional methods due to the facilities and superior qualities provided by the digital technologies.