• Mryleia Antik Kenti: Tarihin Üzerinde Yapılaşmak
    Defne Benol , Mimarlar Odası Bursa Şubesi önceki dönem MD-ÇED Kurulu Sekreteri
    Kübra Eğri, Mimarlar Odası Bursa Şubesi Mesleki Denetim Görevlisi
    Belçin Balçık, Mimarlar Odası Bursa Şubesi Mesleki Denetim Görevlisi

  • İyi İnsan, İyi Mimar
    Nilgün Fehim Kennedy, Dr., Bilkent Üniversitesi Siyaset Bilimi ve Kamu Yönetimi Bölümü Emekli Öğretim Görevlisi

  • Alglerle Yeşeren Cepheler
    Ayça Tokuç, Doç. Dr., DEÜ Mimarlık Bölümü
    Gülden Köktürk, Yrd. Doç. Dr., DEÜ Elektrik-Elektronik Mühendisliği Bölümü
    Kutluğ Savaşır, Yrd. Doç. Dr., DEÜ Mimarlık Bölümü



Mimarlık. 408| July-August 2019



The Never-ending Election Process: ‘Becoming the Here’ versus ‘Overcoming the Here’ / Savaş Zafer Şahin

The writer focuses on the tension created by the unsustainability of the increasingly centralized political system – the tension between those who do not care about or are willing to overcome everyday life, place and ‘being here’ and those who rediscover ‘being here’ at any moment as a consequence of the urbanization process – in order to analyze, from an urban point of view, possible scenarios which could occur in the aftermath of local elections.


Happy News: The Old Archaeology Museum Has Officially Been Registered as a Cultural Asset / Mimarlar Odası Adana Şubesi

The building of the old Archaeology Museum in Adana, the registration application of which had been rejected on the grounds that it was a ‘typical project’, has been officially registered after a third application, following a detailed report prepared by the Adana Branch of the Chamber of Architects. The article, penned by the Adana Branch, brings forward a remarkable proposal for a reutilization of the building which holds an important place in the urban memory: the Adana Center for Architecture

The (Dis)Equilibrium of Conservation and Utilization at Ballıkayalar Natural Park and Basin / Ahmet Kıvanç Kutluca, Zeynep Gamze Mert

Ballıkayalar Natural Park, characterized for harboring substantial natural worth, is in serious danger due to the spatial arrangements within its borders. The writers, drawing attention to some of the crucial threats it faces, lay emphasis on the importance of “increasing social awareness”.


Recalling Rural Landscapes: ICOMOS 2019 International Day for Monuments and Sites Turkey Events / Koray Güler

ICOMOS, the council conducting studies on behalf of the Protection of Cultural Heritage, organized a series of events under the subject of “Rural Landscape Areas” as part of the Monuments and Sites Day (18th April). The studies, which are planned to last for a year, endeavor to increase awareness, to launch initiatives and to bring about new implementations regarding the benefits behind the protection of these areas.

The Place of Art in Strange Times / Birge Yıldırım Okta

The 58th International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale opened its doors to visitors on 11th May. This year at the Turkish Pavilion artist İnci Eviner’s piece “We, Elsewhere” is exhibited. The writer, who is among those who tackled the Pavilion’s architectural project, discusses the architectural procedures of installation/construction of the place of art by analyzing the national pavilions of Turkey, France, Australia, Lithuania and Philippines. The Biennale will remain open to visitors until 24 November 2019. 

Notes from UIA Baku / Tonguç Akış

The UIA gathered in Baku between June 7th and 11th (2019) to conduct a general assembly and meetings about internal regulations, as well as a forum organized under the title “Mass Tourism in Historical Cities”. Tonguç Akış, briefly summarizing the debate that took place, draws attention to the pressure of ‘branding’ in cities and market conditions, topics which arose during the discussions and in the final report. Regarding the exhibition organized within the scope of the forum, we glance over Turkey’s contribution, “Overtourism in the Historic Cities of Turkey”, through Ayşe Ceren Güler’s article.

METU History of Architecture Celebrates its 30th Year / T. Elvan Altan, Lale Özgenel, Pelin Yoncacı Arslan

The Graduate Program of History of Architecture at METU celebrated the 30th anniversary of its establishment with a series of events throughout the year. Detailed information concerning the activities and researches is available on the website of the program (archist.arch.metu.edu.tr) as well as in its Facebook page, “ODTÜ Mimarlık Tarihi - METU Architectural History”.


The Effects of Neoliberal Policies in Urban Planning: an Evaluation based on Ankara’s Urban Fringe / Özgül Acar Özler

In parallel with Emre Sevim’s article “A ‘High Loss’ Project: Ankapark”, published in the previous issue, this piece analyzes planning processes within the high rent area situated in Ankara’s urban fringe. The writer, revealing how these processes restructured themselves in a state of conflict and contradiction, notes the unlawful and illicit actions to planning procedures and implementations issued by central and local governments to gain benefits.


The Ancient City of Mryleia: Constructing on Top of History / Defne Benol, Kübra Eğri, Belçin Balçık

In this chapter of Cultural Heritage Under Threat, a series which began in issue no 405, Defne Benol, Kübra Eğri and Belçin Balçık wrote a piece on the Ancient City of Mryleia, located in the province of Bursa-Mudanya.


A City’s Retrieving of its Industrial Heritage: The Boğaziçi University Gözlükule Excavation Research Center / Meltem Uçar

The Boğaziçi University Gözlükule Excavation Research Center project - and its realization -was nominated for the 2018 National Architecture Awards in the Building/Conservation category and received the 2019 Europa Nostra Awards in the Conservation category. The structure, which was re-purposed as the Gözlükule Excavation Research Center, used to be the Tarsus Ginnery, located in the historical city center of Tarsus. The author first presents and then proceeds to reviews the conservation approaches and the implementation of a re-purposing project, laying emphasis on its contributions to the historical identity and recent life of Tarsus.

The Tiger Display Window: The Kayseri Chamber of Commerce Service Building / Deniz Güner

The Service Building of the Kayseri Chamber of Commerce, which was nominated for an award in the Building Category in the 2018 National Architecture Awards, has become prominent both because of it being the product of a competition and for having undergone a successful implementation process. The writer, drawing attention to the display window of the building, which is the center of commercial activities in the city, argues that if there’s something that compels us to keep looking up at the façade is its quality of being “familiar yet unfamiliar”.

A Stop on the Silk Road: the Hyatt House / Elif Yeşim Özgen Kösten

The Hyatt House, which was nominated in the Building category at the 2018 National Architecture Awards, is an accommodation building emplaced both on the contemporary transportation axis and on the historical Silk Road. The writer, challenging the relationship between the structure and its context, lays emphasis on the decisions in design which provide a living space that goes beyond temporary accommodation. 


Nezih Eldem Lived for Architecture / Doğan Hasol

Nezih Eldem, whose work oozes sophistication, productivity and peculiar attentiveness, and which has long been imprinted on our minds, is a figure of everlasting legacy thanks to his contribution to students. In this article the writer gives us the opportunity to get more acquainted with Nezih Eldem, who had “a vision which integrated the concept of happiness into architectural functionality”.


DEGIAD The Living Pamukkale National Architectural Idea Project Competition

The competition, organized the Institution of Young Business People of Denizli and the Chamber of Architects Denizli Branch, came to an end. It sought to contribute to the development of the spatial quality of the Pamukkale-Hierapolis thermal-archeological area (featured in UNESCO’s cultural and natural heritage list), by using architectural design practices, as both a public place and a harbourer of national and international experiences.

In the free, national and single stage competition was organized in two categories. In the professional category where 48 projects were evaluated, 3 awards, 5 mentions, 1 purchase award were given; additionally 2 jury participation awards were given in the student category where 3 projects were evaluated.


Good Person, Good Architect / Nilgün Fehim Kennedy

In order to be able to prevent unethical actions in occupational practice and to enact better architecture, it is of great importance to debate not only the rules of occupational ethics but also the ways architects follow to come to terms with her/himself as an individual. The writer posits that unless an architect has created an ethical way of life his ethical violations will be inevitable and underlines that the route leading to an improved architecture depends on the architect’s capacity to make peace with her or himself.


University Museums as Communication Tools between the University and the City / Nurten Özdemir, Hikmet Sivri Gökmen

It’s fair to argue that universities, which act as centers both facilitating academic research via the production of knowledge and contributing to the social life of the city, sometimes fall short in the latter field of activity. The writers, approaching university museums in their functional potential to transform the city instead of merely existing as a system closed within itself, examine different examples of city/university interactions.


Façades Turning Green with Algae / Ayça Tokuç, Gülden Köktürk, Kutluğ Savaşır

In today’s world, alongside the increase in population and needs, we observe self-sufficient buildings as the result of a need which seemingly holds a place in the architecture of the future. The writers, discussing the potential behind these technologies being an architectural element, review these buildings inspired by nature as “a progressive architectural building element which relies on the potential possibility of playing an important role in the decrease of carbon emission of buildings and related issues”.


A Document Regarding the Davud Paşa Mosque in Istanbul / Zeynep Ceran Keçici, Deniz Mazlum

Thanks to the Ottoman Archives of the Prime Minister's Office’s priceless documents and information, we have the opportunity to examine the different ways the careful eye can read. The writers, interpreting the history of the İstanbul Davud Paşa Mosque by looking at correspondence between 19th century institutions, let us comprehend how the Ottomans approached this historical building, which by that time was almost 400 years old.


Traces of the Modern on the Local: The “Birlik Houses” of the Giresun Fiskobirlik Housing Cooperative / Özgür Demirkan, Salih Salbacak

The building improvements mushrooming after the establishment of the Turkish Republic led to a modern urban development, not only in the big cities but also in Anatolian towns by the means of reconstruction. The writers, focusing on the high-rise “Birlik Houses” (which bestowed a significant improvement to the city of Giresun), address both the concept of cooperatives as an important channel for the production of housing and the broader history of urbanization in Giresun.


Is it Possible to Stay Pure in a World Divided into Two Sides? / Ender İplikçi

The film Saf, by asking the audience to reflect on the concept of place, deals with notions such as immigration, work and labor; as well as with the transformative effect of urban transformation. The writer of this article analyzes the film (written and directed by Ali Vatansever) by underscoring how important it is for issues of “temporality and rootlessness, a consequence of processes of destruction and/or reconstruction” to reach a wider audience through the narrative power of cinema. Future screenings of the film can be checked at its website, saffilm.com.


An Agriculture-Focused Commonalization in the City: R-Urban and AgroCité / Burcu Ateş

R-Urban, one of the micro-politic practices in the city scale defining the balance between production and consumption via the way of using local sustainable sources, constitutes a set of strategies seeking to increase the urban flexibility so as to overcome the [economic?] crisis. It is in this context that the writer analyzes AgroCité as an inspiring practice which features urban agriculture thanks to its sustainable common life.

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