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middle east technical university department of architecture

GRADUATE SEMINARS june 4, 2009 thursday / kubbealtı


    14.00-15.00 PANEL I


    Aslı Çağlar _ Textual Architecture as an Apparatus of Hegemony in the Context of Urban Space: Büyükdere-Maslak Axis

    Supervisor: Güven Arif Sargın

    Jury: Ali Cengizkan, Selahattin Önür

    This work examines how architecture operates in the context of urban space as an apparatus of hegemony in the third phase of capitalism. In this regard, Maslak Buyukdere axis has been chosen as the target area because it has been the center of global capitalism in Turkey. After the embracement of country with global capitalism, rapidly growing city Istanbul and Maslak axis has undergone many transformations as the hegemony of capitalism can operate confidently. In this framework, aim of this work is to understand how hegemony operates over subjects through the codes nestling within the architectural products in the context of urban space as analyzing mechanisms of hegemony and its space production processes.

    İrem Uslu _ Image in Architectural Market: Simulation as by Jean Baudrillard and Illusion as by Jean Nouvel

    Supervisor: Güven Arif Sargın

    Jury: Cânâ Bilsel, Ayşen Savaş

This study will be a critical inquiry about architectural images created by architects for their projects. Mainly depicted as the

    communicative tool of architects, the relation of architect to image varies according not only to the personal production process but also to the condition of social structure. This study aims to re-conceptualize the role of images in the architectural production process based on the assertion of a change in the relation of architect to image with reference to a change in the social structure. Conception of the change in structure will be based on the discourse of French philosopher, Jean Baudrillard, from modern society to consumer society, then to simulation. With the acceptance of a dialectical relation between structure and architecture, the effects in architectural mode of production will be illustrated with and discussed on the discourse and projects of French architect, Jean Nouvel.

14.30-15.00 DISCUSSION

    15.00-16.00 PANEL II


Başak Özden _ Transformation of Architectural Space: Ayşe Erkmen’s Practice as a Medium of Intervention

    Supervisor: Ayşen Savaş

    Jury: Jale Erzen, Ahter Kıral

The goal of this thesis is to study the transformation of architectural space with the aid of artistic production. The thesis will

    be mainly about the reciprocal and mutual relation between artist Ayşe Erkmen’s installations and architectural space. Erkmen’s productions have a common character that can be specified as site specific and temporary. In order to

    comprehend the influence and the contribution of artistic production to the transformation of architectural space, Erkmen’s approach will be investigated in terms of the selected works of the artist in order to see how these artistic productions relate

    to their specific site, how they transform and transformed by the architectural space.

Ezgi Erol _ Multilayered City: Transportation Nodes as Urban Sections

    Supervisor: Güven Arif Sargın

    Jury: Namık Erkal, Baykan Günay

    Today, there is a growing need for multi-layering in cities which would help to meet the rapid movement demands in metropolises and would provide multiplicity in transportation systems. Since the superposition of urban transportation system corridors in metropolises has caused the formation of transportation nodes, new urban sections expanding through underground level are designed at these nodes in the metropolises. The main argument of this thesis is that the increase in stthe variety of transportation modes has caused the cities to become multilayered in the 21 century. Focusing on this

    assumption, this new urban paradigm’s physical effects on the public space are going to be studied. A typological stcategorization of the multilayered urban sections designed during the late 21 century is intended to be constructed by

    analyzing the cases of this urban paradigm.

15.30-16.00 DISCUSSION

16.00-16.15 TEA / COFFEE BREAK

    16.15-17.15 PANEL III


Benay Gürsoy _ The Cognitive Aspects of Model-Making in Designing

     Supervisor: Mine Özkâr

     Jury: Owain Pedgley, Haluk Zelef

    Considerable research has been done by various scholars to assess the significance of sketching in the early stages of design process. Although in literature the importance of model-making in design is underlined frequently for both physical and digital models, its effects on the cognitive process is not questioned as extensively as sketching. The aim of the research

    to be reported is to develop an empirical approach that would allow a more rigorous examination of the significance of model-making in the design process and design cognition. After a brief survey to identify different modeling techniques, the thesis will provide a background through a survey of studies on sketching and will build the links from sketching to model-making. Experiments and interviews will be conducted.

Jurtin Hajro _ On Style: Through Architectural Model

     Supervisor: Ayşen Savaş

     Jury: Arzu Gönenç Sorguç, Zeynep Mennan

    The aim of this study is to seek for the interpretations of mold/ing not only under its constructive essence but as a space conductive agent during the architectural design process. By the embracement of computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) in company of computer-aided design (CAD) mold has gained another dimension in the interwoven relationship of being conceived as a space definer apparatus and the conception of being an aesthetic tool. While approaching to mold and its connotations as a container/form-giving/negative space representative, emerges an assessment of architect/designer relationship. Within this context the emphasis of this study is on relationships of mold understanding as a spatial definer and

    its effects on architectural production process.

16.45-17.15 DISCUSSION

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