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Architecture and public dialogue : an evaluation of the role of architecture centers

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2005
Demirel, Buket
This thesis points out the transformation in the visions of architectural institutions about architecture-public dialogue, the interrelations of architect-client to architecture-the public, in a historical perspective. It states that architecture center as a phenomenon has been emerged with the transformation of the consideration of the functions of architectural institutions from merely guaranteeing competence and integrity to stimulating awareness, accessibility, participation and collaboration of both professionals and the public, in order to achieve increasing the quality of built environment and the quality of life. This thesis aims to make an evaluation of the role of architecture centers in that stimulating importance of the formation of architecture-public dialogue as a two way interaction between architecture and the public in a cultural dialectical sense, and achieving this formation. This thesis come to the point in that an architectural institute that has undertaken these new functions is named as architecture center, in some countries such as England, Scotland and the Netherlands. Some of architecture centers in these counties are analyzed by means of an analytical survey. In addition, the functions of the Chamber of Architects of Turkey are analyzed in light of the transformation in the visions of architectural institutions in the world. Besides, Arkitera Architecture Center is analyzed as an example of an architecture center from Turkey. This thesis concludes in that architectural institutions will have undertaken a key role in the formation of architecture-public dialogue as a two way interaction by means of analyzing the studies of architecture centers as a model.