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!
Lodz is an ex-industrial city in central Poland in which there are numerous abandoned/working factories. Here is a photography series of a fun exploration day in a big abandoned textile factory. The city is also developing a new underground attitude, renewing industrial spaces as new urban meeting points. It’s also a city with famous murals everywhere. Therefore, the graffiti and some left-over industrial spaces become inevitable. I will be sharing a later post about the over-all observations and photos from this crazy city and explain my 5-month-experience in it. *I’m just working on it still, hang in there.
In the previous weekend I joined an event taking place in METU. It was announced through the official instagram account of the university, metu_odtu and I decided to participate in it. We took photos in the campus along with some professional instagram users that have thousands of followers and take really inspiring photos. It was a very nice opportunity to photograph METU and meet people who are also interested in photography.
Some of the photos taken there will be shared by METU’s instagram page, you can also keep up with the photos by checking #odtumeet on instagram!
Last week we had a trip to Tuz Gölü, Uçhisar and Zelve to analyze the spatial and topographical conditions. Tuz Gölü happens to be the second largest lake in Turkey and it has many different qualities and goes through a lot of change depending on the time of the year. It is naturally a very shallow lake and has many parts that are dry. Which means only the salt in it is exposed.
The area is an endless whiteness with only the horizon and the land around the lake as references. This provides a dominant horizontal experience. And because the experience is so homogeneous our eyes start seeking little differences or a direction to go in such a directionless, open and uninterrupted space.
After visiting Tuz Gölü and producing maps we had a busy schedule in Uçhisar too. There, we analyzed the spatial qualities of the primitive dwellings carved in the topography. We tried to relate to architectural elements in the very basic form. The same study continued the next day in Zelve Open Air Museum.