This saturday, the Masters program of Architecture and Urban Studies (MAUS) in TEDU held a first of an atelier series named “Gelecek Ulus, Eski Kent’ten Yenişehir’e”. This atelier studies began with a walk in Ulus in the morning. The program consisted of three guided routes based on different outputs and guided by different instructors. I joined the walk lead by Prof. Dr. Ali Cengizkan, “Value of the Architectural Product“. We have mainly discussed different types of architectural value and why and how an architectural product can possess “value”. By looking at architectural products that make up the values of early republic times, we have observed the application of time and discussed the modern day applications on these products. We have observed the ways in which the product becomes either a historical value, the value of the old, a modern value, the value of the new, the value of the user and everything in-between. Sometimes through structures that have all or could have had all these values if there had been a different process of conservation or interpretation, and sometimes through structures that are perhaps considered to have none of these values. While also discussing how these values can be defined very differently and variously depending on the person defining it, too.
In the meantime, our instructors shared with us different types of reading architectural products with a different perspective than just stating the period and archetypes as an art historian would. Check out the photos I took during the walk and follow the rest of the story below!
After the second prejury I’ve focused on this idea of being “in-between” and the void leaking into the structures. Now, I’m developing a different design based on these principles. My program is decided to be the clay, ceramics and glass factory and many of my design strategies remain the same. The idea I’m trying to question more is this idea of “the street” on top of the leaking void. How the street is a live structure, and is in a constant feedback with the life it makes way for and the life that makes way for the street to come into its existence. The design of a conceptual and actually physical street in-between the designed structures is the challenge I’ll be working with. The most recent design and its representations will be shared here soon enough!
For our course ARCH372, building technologies in architecture, we were given a set of climate types and building forms. We were asked to propose a piece of design that makes the best of this building type and weather in terms of sustainable design.
First we were to find a city with a corresponding weather condition and use the context for the building typology. My assigned climate was cold in winter, mild in summer and dry throughout the year. This was a very particular condition and it has been really hard for me to come up with an actual place that has these climatic extremities. But I managed to find a very special place located in the Swiss Alps and somehow it still managed to stay dry… The design response, my approach and research can be found in the poster I made for this midterm assignment.