Designography of architecture

Yazgan, Kerem
Practice of architecture requires the performance of different kind of activities for the production of an architectural work. Architectural production is achieved through two major processes which are design and construction. Each involves activities peculiar to it. Conceptualizing and drawing are two examples of activities embedded in the design process. Generally, there is a time interval between design and construction, in that what is created is not realized immediately. Although there are time intervals between each process and each activity, they must somehow be related. The conventional view of architecture relates them with the aid of analogies or knowledge from socio-political framework. However, these methods divert architecture from questioning issues of the discipline itself. This thesis claims that architecture should be liberated from narratives that are used to relate design, built work and users. Moreover, it suggests that each activity takes shape not through reference to analogies or representations, but through acts at the instant of production. This thesis discusses the acts involved in design process. It claims that design requires the design of its acts as well. For that, it offers ideas about the identification and operation of acts in design with reference to certain works of architecture. The investigation concerning how acts are organized opens up a new area of research in the architectural discipline: a research concerning designography in architecture.


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Citation Formats
K. Yazgan, “Designography of architecture,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2003.