• Komşum Bienal
    Sevince Bayrak, Yrd. Doç. Dr., MEF Üniversitesi Mimarlık Bölümü, SO? Mimarlık ve Fikriyat

  • Kent Belleğinin Canlandırılması: Samsun Kent Müzesi
    Fatih Us, Yrd. Doç. Dr, Ondokuz Mayıs Üniversitesi Mimarlık Bölümü
    Hayal Meriç, Yrd. Doç. Dr, İstanbul Arel Üniversitesi İç Mimarlık Bölümü
    Giorgi Tsanatskenishvili, Doç.Dr.,Gürcistan Teknik Üniversitesi Mimarlık Bölümü



Mimarlık 398.| November-December 2017


Is There Still a Place for Concrete After the Paris Climate Agreement? / Önder Algedik

Since the financial markets were not content with the production surplus, Turkey has specified zoning improvements as its main economic policy. This has led state preferences towards more coal, oil and gas consumption, more use of electricity and more cement production, and all these have required extra asphalt for new roads. The author argues against this unsustainable condition.


Our Farewell to Selim İlkin / İlhan Tekeli

Selim İlkin, who graduated in 1962 from the Faculty of Political Sciences of Ankara University, passed away on October 2, 2017. He was a faculty member in the Department of Economics at METU and contributed significantly to the field of architecture through his publications co-authored with İlhan Tekeli. Tekeli has written his obituary.


Consuming the Space: The Last Fortress of the Bodrum Castle / Mustafa Suphi Alp

The Bodrum Castle is set to close on October 1, 2017! The project to be carried out at the castle has not a participatory approach, but instead, it is being realized and managed by the governmental administration. Observing the process, the author reports from the front as a representative of the Chamber of Architects’ Bodrum Branch.


Discussing Conservation and Absence of It: IV. National Symposium on Architectural Conservation Projects and Applications / Zeynep Eres, Merve Arslan Çinko

The fourth of the symposium series focusing on the architectural restoration projects and applications was realized in Tekirdağ in September. The event set out a common ground for architects to share the problems experienced in these processes. 

Learning with the World, Learning from the World: The EAAE Conference / Murat Şahin

In the fourth year of its founding, a Turkish member was elected as the president of the European Association for Architectural Education. Oya Atalay Franck will be the first female president of the EAAE. The author, one of the scholars attended this year's meeting, draws particular attention to the event’s emphasis on internationalism.

The Biennale, My Neighbor / Sevince Bayrak

The 15th Istanbul Biennial was held in six different venues between September 16 and November 12, 2017. With the theme of "a good neighbor," the event led us to rethink the concepts of the "house," where we can make spatial inquiries, and the "neighbor," where we can look into our social relations. By conveying her own biennial experience, the author presents the main theme as an opportunity to think about living together and establishing relationships at various scales.

Talking About Sustainability in Antalya: IV International Architecture Biennial of Antalya / Alişan Çırakoğlu

The theme of IABA 2017 is "Continuity." As it was in previous years, experimental architectural works produced under the Biennial’s main theme met with the locals in various public spaces. These works brought a critical view against the idea that “ecology” and “sustainability” has reduced architecture onto purely technological facilities.


26th UIA World Architecture Congress

  • Searching for the “Spirit of the City” / Kemal Reha Kavas
  • The Visibility of Turkish Heritage Sites at the Congress: The “World Heritage of Turkey” Exhibition / Zeynep Eres

The 26th World Architecture Congress, held in September, brought different stakeholders from all over the world to South Korea and thus provided an opportunity for different ideas to be heard widely. This volume includes two evaluations from the Congress. In the first article, the author, a congress participant, summarizes the themes discussed throughout the event and states that the main emphasis was that "the spirit of a city, which was thought to be a living organism, can only be turned on by a harmony between the cultural heritage and natural environment, which can only be achieved through socially responsible architectural design processes". The second article is on the "World Heritage of Turkey" exhibition, organized by the Chamber of Architects with an aim to promote Turkey throughout the Congress. The author, who is one of the curators of the exhibition, discusses the concept of the "world heritage site".


What Maruf Önal Interview Brought to My Mind / Bozkurt Güvenç

We continue to address Maruf Önal in Mimarlık. One of the interviewees of the conversations about Önal's identity as a scholar, the author revisits this dialog and fulfills the missing parts with his own memoirs.


The Topography of the HOUSE: Microloft Projects from Çinici Architects / Berin F. Gür

The author discusses the loft concept over two projects; Mikroloft Bulut, a “Building Category” nominee at the 2016 National Architecture Awards, and Mikroloft Yarasa, a similar project designed by the same office. She points out that it is important to rescue the house from being a commodity or an entity to decorate, and to reconsider it within issues of dwelling.


Ahlat Youth Camp Architectural Project Competition

To obtain a youth camp project at the edge of Van Lake in Ahlat, the Bitlis Governer’s Office organized an architectural competition that has been recently finalized. The project was aimed for a campus where a unique ‘sense of space’ was created by transferring the traces of the cultural and social values of this distinctive geography. In the free, national and single stage competition, 66 projects were evaluated, 3 awards and 5 mentions were given.

Süleymanpaşa Municipality Service Building and Environmental Design Project Competition

Tekirdağ Süleymanpaşa Municipality announced a competition for a new service building in which the municipality services can be fulfilled more effectively.  The recently finalized competition asked for a project to serve as a social attraction center for the locals as well as to meet the requirements of daily services. In the free, national and single stage competition, 84 projects were evaluated, 3 awards and 5 mentions were given.


Converging Architecture Education to Professional Practice: Internships / Derya Yorgancıoğlu

Internships are crucial components of architectural education that could reduce possible problems new graduates will face in their early careers. By evaluating the role of internships in the examples of America and the Netherlands, with particular emphasis on the integration of graduates and on the issue of continuous professional development, the author analyses the case in Turkey.


The “Box” İdea in Zumthor’s Architecture / Mehmet Kerem Özel

When approached from outside, Zumthor’s buildings look minimal and give no clue about the functional program inside.  This attitude emphasizes a certain introverted quality. Relating this attitude with the idea of “box,” the author searches for “boxes” within Zumthor’s architecture in three specific conditions: as the main space-organizing element, as the main connector regulating the relation between primary spaces, and as an architectural element placed within a surrounding envelope. 


An Ancient City Adapted to Digital Technologies: Pergamon / Nağme Ebru Karabağ

The use of present-day technologies in projects involving the presentation of archaeological sites to visitors contributes to the creation of an awareness of the need for conservation as well as an increased interest in the area. Taking a look at the project "iVisit Anatolia: History comes to life in 3D" showing digital reconstructions of the built environment of the ancient city of Pergamon, the author discusses the real-life effects of the virtual reality simulations.

Reviving the Urban Memory: Samsun City Museum / Fatih Us, Hayal Meriç, Giorgi Tsanatskenishvili

The city history museums play an important role in reconnecting the ties between the city and its citizens by slowing down the hustle of everyday life and meanwhile providing a historical trace from the past. The authors review the Samsun example and point out the importance of the inclusion of the historical building onto the city life with a museum function.


Seeking ways to reposition Haluk Baysal-Melih Birsel‘s Architecture / Deniz Güner

The studies regarding the works of Haluk Baysal and Melih Birsel carried on the agenda of the 2012-2014 Commemorative Program were compiled by the editors Müge Cengizkan and Ali Cengizkan, and was published by the Chamber of Architects under the title of Haluk Baysal-Melih Birsel’s Rationalism: The Architectural Practice in the Second Half of the 20th Century.


Remembrance Space: Bologna Shoah Memorial  / Cem Dedekargınoğlu

One year after the launch of the international competition for the realization of the Bologna Shoah Memorial, Rome-based office SET Architects delivers the Memorial on January 27th, 2016 – to coincide with International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The Memorial is a recognizable landmark of great emotional power, and attracts passers-by, inviting them to reflect on the tragedy of the Holocaust.

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