English Summary by Derin İnan


The First Event of Architects with Sinan Award has been Realised: Ziya Tanalı and his Architecture / Edited by N. Müge Cengizkan

11th Cycle of Architecture Awards and Exhibition had taken place in April 2008, where talented architect Ziya Tanalı was given the Sinan Award. The first event of Architects with Sinan Award Programme, “Ziya Tanalı 1965-2009” started with the opening of a retrospective exhibition and a discussion panel, where the architecture of Tanalı was evaluated by a crowded attendance of academics, professionals and architectural students. Taken place in Ankara on April 25th, 2009 the panel created a platform for presenting and discussing the architecture of Tanalı. The opening of the exhibition, “Architecture of Ziya Tanalı 1965-2009” followed the event. 


An Architecture that is Powerful and Timeless: 2009 Laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize is Given to Peter Zumthor / Edited by Yasemin Gültekin

The international Pritzker Architecture Prize, which is often referred to as “architecture’s Nobel” and “the profession’s highest honour”, is awarded each year to a living architect for significant achievement. 2009 Laureate of the prize is given to Peter Zumthor, who is known as a master architect admired by his colleagues around the world for his work that is focused, uncompromising and exceptionally determined.


Mosque Architecture as a Reconciliation of Modernism with Tradition/ C. Abdi Güzer

The author argues that the worship space of Muslims, the mosque, has often come to be defined through the imagery generated by later additional elements like the dome and minaret, actually creates a social obstacle for experimenting on possible forms of contemporary mosque architecture. Şakirin Camisi, opened in May 2009 with a spectacular ceremony, drew the attention of both national and international press, is actually an opportunity for re-discussing the possible forms of mosque architecture, which is the most common architectural field of practice in Turkey, into the contemporary agenda. 


European Forum of Architectural Policies Conference Organised in Czech Republic: Implementation of Architectural Policies - New Expectations / Tuğçe Selin Tağmat

European Forum of Architectural Policy (EFAP) organises a conference twice each year hosted by EU presidency countries, in order to discuss the architecture in Europe and its built environment. This year the Conference of European Forum of Architecture policy (EFAP), which is called “Implementation of Architectural Policies - New Expectations” is held on April, 17th and 18th 2009 in Prague Congress Centre. The Conference, organised by the Czech Chamber of Architects together with the Ministry for Regional Development of the Czech Republic was part of the official programme of the Czech Presidency of the European Union. The theme of the conference was evolved around three main topics; “Education”, “The Implementation of Architectural Policies” and “Architecture and Society”.

FILE: Criticism in Architecture Editor: Gürhan Tümer

Ten Books on Archietcture (De Architectura Libri Decem) presents various different principles of criticisms including “semantic”, “semiologic”, “phenomenological” “Marxist” and “psychoanalytic”, on a single architectural object. In Vitruvius’ words: “An Architect has to be equipped with the knowledge of various different scientific doctrines. […] Let him be educated, skilful with the pencil, instructed in geometry, know much history, have followed the philosophers with attention, understand music, have some knowledge of medicine, know the opinions of the jurists, and be acquainted with astronomy and the theory of the heavens.” If we read the text by replacing the word “architect” with the word “architectural critic”, it can be said that architectural critics actually hold the destiny of an architectural object in their hands. The file prepared in the limits of this frame, includes various articles that comment on issues such as; what is an architectural criticism, its historical context, where does the architect figure stands in this context and the ways and which the architectural discipline and its subsidiary fields get nourished from these changes.


The Service Building for the Municipality of Denizli and its Environment

The results of the competition, organised by the Municipality of Denizli and which aimed at achieving a design for the service building for the Municipality of Denizli and its environment, was announced on March 24th, 2009. Having a crowded participation with 274 submitted projects, the competition awarded 3 grand prizes, 5 mention and 10 purchase awards. The Municipality of Denizli, aimed to gather powerful influences for the reconstruction and rearrangement of the city centre from the suggestions provided within the submitted projects on the requirements of the build environment, different forms of use within the open space, the possible effects of these organisations on the existing urban fabric and pedestrian, traffic circulations. 



On the Service Building for the Municipality of Denizli and its Environment Competition / Ahmet Yoldaş

It has been quite a while since national competitions faced a crowded participation as in the competition for the Service Building for the Municipality of Denizli. The article questions whether the establishing institution and jury were well prepared for this new and extraordinary situation and thus the competition brief, programme, evaluation methods and process were elaborated thoroughly. Added to these, the article also comments on the attitude of the wining projects towards the existing urban context and the ways and which they meet the requirements provided by the competition brief and programme.


Fictitious Transformation in the Notion of Luxury Housing: Multi-storeyed Luxury Apartments in the City Centre of İzmir / Şeniz Çıkış, Fatma İpek Ek

The article focuses on the luxurious multi-storeyed apartments designed for upper class, in the Alsancak district of İzmir and its close environment around 1950s. The chronological analyses develop around three different concepts, as in the words of the author: “House as Machine”, “House as Label” and “House as Shelter”. The article presents the conceptual transformations in the field of housing with regards to the changes in the social, legal and technological background.


Moonlight Serenade: Reconstruction - Development Plans and Private Property / Özcan Erdoğan

Today, reconstruction and development plans are the fundamental decisive mechanisms in achieving contemporary and habitable cities. In the course of making these new plans, certain private properties that are designated as public spaces such as school, road, square and green space within the plan, and yet which cannot be expropriated for very long periods are among the most aggrieved situations resulting the grievance of the owners. The author by summarising the legal conditions behind the scanty state of the private properties also tries to open the subject into discussion.  


The Role of the Designer in Preventing / Reducing the Building Contaminants / Nilay Coşgun, Tuğba Güler, Belgin Doğan

Building contaminants are regarded as the “prioritized contaminants” in most of the countries due to their massiveness, quantities and promiscuous character. In Turkey, there is an extensive report on the management of the building contaminants, which was prepared by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry in 2004, namely the Control of Excavated Soil, Building and Demolishing Contaminants Legislation. The authors not only emphasises the significance of contemplating the precautions for the building contaminants, that should start from the very beginning of the building process as in the “design phase”, but also evaluate on the current state of Turkey in the light of the outcomes from the detailed survey on the subject. 


To Negate the Pipe, the Apple, Ayasofya and Le Corbusier/ Gürhan Tümer

“[…] This is a picture of a pipe. There is a pipe in this picture. Yet, just below the picture it writes ‘This is not a pipe’ (Ceci n’est pas une pipe). With the picture and the writing underneath, the surrealist Magritte, annuls the reality. He negates the object, the pipe. […] At this point I ask myself: ‘As an architect, can I do what Magritte does as a surrealist artist, and if so how can I do it?’ The answer to this pompous question is rather plain and simple: I can shoot the photos of Ayasofya and write underneath: ‘This is not Ayasofya’ […]”

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