A technopoietic investigation: techné as a discursive formation in architecture

The thesis defines making of actively doing, learning, and revealing in ways that simultaneously engage in the thinking activities of changing actors, practical applications, and the transformation of techniques, materials, and technologies as a central aspect of architecture, in terms of the actual processes of designing, production, generation, and accumulation of knowledge. As proposed, making is the fundamental notion in architecture that refers to how design thinking acts and how knowledge, related patterns, mechanisms, and systems are engendered and used. The thesis defines architecture as a technopoietic being by conceptualizing the immanent nature of its practice and knowledge, which challenges and negotiates between its own duality and unity. Providing a prevailing field for the discipline of architecture, from ancient philosophy, techné as a united concept presents the overarching potential to direct the processes of design thinking and develop new interpretations of architectural making and its research. The thesis locates the notion of techné in the core of its philosophy, theory, and methodology in defining its own position and act. As it claims, techné designates a prevalent discourse in architecture due to its discursive regularity in practical, theoretical, and educational arenas. Rather than a conventional historical account of knowledge of making, the thesis traces a compelling method for research into the generative capacity of architecture. Techné is instrumentalized as a tool not only for analyzing a generative specialty open to multiple interpretations but also for the production of knowledge as a discursive practice. Utilizing its own methodological operations therefore, the thesis practices a generative doing where knowledge production as a practice becomes an integral part of the research process.


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Citation Formats
M. P. UZ BAKİ, “A technopoietic investigation: techné as a discursive formation in architecture,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2022.