Architectural interpretations of modernity cultural identity : a comparative study on Sedad Hakkı Eldem and Bruna Taut in early Republican Turkey

Uysal, Zeynep Çiğdem
The thesis aims to reveal the decisive influence of the tension that stems from the contemporary searches for cultural identity on the architectural production of the early Republican Turkey. It attempts to demonstrate the conceptual and practical strategies that were devised in contemporary architecture for the resolution of the cultural tension by examining the architectural attitudes and practices of Sedad Hakki Eldem and Bruno Taut in the late 1930s and the early 1940s. In the first part, ءcultural identity̕ is examined from within the general discussion of ءmodernity̕, where the relevant phenomena, such as ءnationalism̕ and the ءnation-state̕, are discussed. In the second part, the contextual developments and the architectural production of the early Republican period are examined through the theoretical discussions held in the previous part. In the third part, the architectural attitudes and practices of Sedad Hakki Eldem and Bruno Taut are examined and analyzed as to reveal the conceptual and practical strategies in the resolution of contemporary cultural tension. In the conclusion, the significance of the architectural attitudes of Sedad Hakki Eldem and Bruno Taut is re-stated in terms of their contextually sensitive efforts for the disband of the cultural tension in the light of the recent cultural theory.


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Citation Formats
Z. Ç. Uysal, “Architectural interpretations of modernity cultural identity : a comparative study on Sedad Hakkı Eldem and Bruna Taut in early Republican Turkey,” M.Arch. - Master of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, 2004.