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Mimarlık 400. | March-April 2018



Horizontal / Vertical Schemes to Drain Unearned Income / Eyüp Muhcu

After 2002, urban development policies via having earthquake zones declared under the name of urban transformation created opportunities for unearned income. The author states that these regulations mostly ignored the modern norms of law and examines contemporary discussions on this topic. Muhcu further argues that the Zoning Directive for Planned Areas was prepared solely based on R. T. Erdoğan’s instructions saying that we need “horizontal architecture instead of vertical architectural practice” while the reports covering the evaluations of the professional organizations and related institutions were not taken into consideration in any way.


Let’s Carry Sami’s Hope to the Future / Kubilay Önal

Graduated from the Istanbul Technical University in 1987, C. Sami Yılmaztürk, with an id no 18340 to İstanbul Metropolitan Branch, passed away on 7 March 2018. Since 1998, he has been in the executive committees of the Istanbul Metropolitan Branch, and has served as the branch director for two terms between 2014 and 2018. Yılmaztürk was an advocate of urban life, professional qualities and standards and he dedicated his life to our country with its natural and cultural values. Kubilay Önal has written his obituary.

To İnci Aslanoğlu / Sevil Enginsoy

The recipient of the “Achievement Award in Contribution to Architecture” in 2016, İnci Aslanoğlu, with an id no 2053 to Chamber of Architects’ Ankara Branch, passed away on 12 March 2018. Graduated from METU in 1960, she was the founding chair of METU Architectural History Graduate Program, and the author of Early Republican Architecture (1923-1938) based on her doctoral study documenting the early Republican architecture in relation to the political, economic, social and cultural dynamics of the period. Sevil Enginsoy has written her obituary.

MİMARLIK FROM 300 to 400

  • Reflections on Architectural Agenda / Bülend Tuna
  • Architectural Criticism's Adventure in the 2000’s / Ayşen Ciravoğlu
  • Changing / Transforming Architecturural Education / Neslihan Dostoğlu
  • Glancing at History in Mimarlık / T. Elvan Altan
  • Reflections of Architecture and Urban Conservation on Mimarlık / Zeynep Eres
  • On Architecture in Transforming Cities / Namık Erkal
  • Thoughts on Architecture: Architectural Theory / Serpil Özaloğlu
  • Contributions to Architecture Competitions / Hikmet Sivri Gökmen
  • In the Intersection of Architecture and Engineering: Building Production and Technology / M. Zafer Akdemir
  • What’s Cooking in the Editor’s Office / Aslı Tuncer Madge

We describe Mimarlık as "Turkey's long-standing and highest-circulation magazine of architecture." It is a publication of the Chamber of Architects -that is why there is always full support- and the presence of many volunteers in the 55 year has brought Mimarlık up to its 400th issue. Started with the aim of creating a professional discourse, this journal has nowadays became an environment in which current debates / knowledge / research gain public visibility. This "corpus", accumulated in time with textual and illustrated productions, presents a section of both the Chamber and also the architecture of the near past. Our efforts to prepare a special issue for this volume began in the months before. Members of the Editorial Committee, who shaped the scope of the magazine in recent years, will evaluate the contents of the last 100 issues from the 300th issue of the magazine. By analyzing the subsections like agenda, architectural criticism, architectural education, architectural history, architectural production and city, conservation, architectural theory, competitions, building production and materials, the authors will evaluate the ideas already achieved and the ones that are planned for the future. These 100 volumes correspond to 17 years. This accumulation, which allows for very detailed evaluations, has been dealt with a considerably “naïve” scale in this issue. Our goal is to put a small note in the magazine’s archive and to provide a base for broader research in the future. We are well aware that Turkey’s architectural environment will reflect on Mimarlık for many years and so the content of Mimarlık will continue to illuminate our path in the years to come.


  • From Personal Effort to Professionalism: A Brief Overview of the Architecturural Magazines in Turkey / Zafer Akay
  • From Yesterday to Today: European Journals in the Age of Digitalization / Oya Atalay Frank, Debora Domingo-Calabuig
  • From Representation to Discourse: Architectural Publications in the USA / Esra Kahveci
  • The precedent of Mimarlık: Mimarlık 1944-1953 / Arif Şentek

It is certain that buildings constitute the representation area of ​​architecture. In literature, however, there is serious accumulation of knowledge that has established an information network covering various contexts. Special to the 400th issue, we have narrowed down this corpus onto the architectural periodicals and looked at the related developments in three different geographies. So that, by analyzing the professional publications and their history in Europe and America, we can situate our journal Mimarlık within the context of architectural publications. In the first article, Zafer Akay draws attention to the professionalization in the history of publishing in Turkey. Oya Atalay Frank and Debora Domingo-Calabuig, emphasize the transformation of print culture in Europe in the 21st century dominated by digital technologies. In the third article, Esra Kahveci focuses on journals from USA and reviews the developments and processes behind these discursive architectural journals from the second half of the nineteenth century to today. The last article we have included under this heading is the question of "from where to where" analyzed through two journals that share the same name. The journal “Mimarlık” which lasted for 10 years unfortunately, is the “precedent” of "Mimarlık " celebrating its 55th year today. The author presents a holistic view by discussing the journal content against the policies of the publisher organization, Turkish Supreme Architects Association.


Maruf Önal at the Professional Organization

Maruf Önal was one of the founders of the Chamber of Architects, and served both as the president and an executive commitee member for many years. He has also undertaken the founder of the Architecture Foundation, and has been its president for many years. The architects in his generation worked hard on how to safegueard and strengthen the professional organization. On 27 November 2017, Yavuz Önen, Doğan Hasol, Levent Aksüt and Yaşar Marulyalı and the memorial committee member Bülend Tuna came togethert to reflect upon Önal’s role in the professional organizations.

Immenance of Standards: Reflections on Maruf Önal's Competition Evaluation Notes / Arbil Ötkünç

This article published within the Memorial Program focuses on Maruf Önal's close ties with the architectural competitions. For 41 years, Önal has been a member of multiple juries and contributed to the competitions with his own projects. Önal’s notes taken from his personal archive donated to the Istanbul BK Branch allows the author to pursue an indepth reading of the architectural competitions of that period.

With Walls of Memories: Maruf Önal’s Reks Cinema / Pınar Sezginalp

Maruf Önal is the recipient of the Sinan Award in 2000 within the scope of National Architecture Exhibition and Awards, and his personality and projects can be defined as "modest, rational and respectful". Reks Cinema is just one of these projects reflecting such qualities. Drawing attention to the existing walls that Önal preserved to respect the traces of the past, the author follows the transformations of his work and the effects of Önal's architecture.


Pursuing a Sustainable and Transformable Architecture: Pemulung / Burcu Köken

Designed by IBUKU in Denpasar, the capital of Bali island, the Pemulung Housing Project reflects a dominant emphasis on sustainability, but more significant than that, it allows certain social prejudices to be sighted through architecture. The project is designed as temporary housing for staff working in recycling industry. Pemulung aims to provide a healthy and safe living environment and improve the public visibility of those professionals who are not well approached in the society.

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