Expanding architecture; a proposal for a multi - functional hall at METU

Turgutoğlu, Burak
Standardization, flexibility and transparency had been the eminent keywords of Modern Architecture that have also provided material for the re-interpretation and re-production of several discussions on concepts like ءform̕ and ءfunction̕ in architecture. This study is an inquiry into a number of different interpretations that scrutinize the intricate relationship between architectural form and function in the 20th century with respect to the concepts defined above. The conceptualization of this thesis will be based on the assumption that function is an inadequate and weak concept for the generation of architectural form. It is in this context that form is accepted as an architectural أfragmentؤ that attains its autonomy not from the strictures imposed by other architectural fragment like ءfunction̕, ءstructure̕, ءprogram̕ and ءsite; but from an infinite number of internal relationships or ءdesign tools̕ as we call. The aim of this study is to propose a project for أA Multi ا Functional Hall at METUؤ which has the capability of expanding its limits in future, both physically and conceptually; and investigate the ءdesign tools̕ that will direct the steps of transformations in the process of architectural production. Within this framework, the investigation is concerned with the production of a flexible, unstable and indeterminant building, focused on the concepts of ءtransformation of space̕ and ءconstant change̕, that could be re-designed and re-generated in respect to possible future transformations in the program. Thus, architectural production is defined merely as a ءstep̕ or a ءsnap-shot̕, controlled by the design tools suggesting the solutions for an ever-lasting transformation as the conditions change.
Citation Formats
B. Turgutoğlu, “Expanding architecture; a proposal for a multi - functional hall at METU,” M.Arch. - Master of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, 2003.