Hands-on building practices in architectural education : METU summer construction practices

Turgay, Özce
This thesis explores the position of hands-on building practices in architectural education by focusing on METU Summer Construction Practices (ARCH190), which has been conducted in the rural sites of Turkey since 1958. It is believed that the summer construction practice is a tool of education to acquire knowledge of architecture by building 1-to-1 scale constructions. METU Summer Construction Practices are examined by asking the questions of أwhat is learnedؤ and أhow is learnedؤ in order to understand both the content and objectives and also the pedagogic strategies, learning methods of the summer construction practices. The main purpose of summer construction practices is learning how to build and ways of making architecture. The basic learning methods of METU summer construction practices are determined as learning by doing, learning with collaborative working, task-oriented and student-based active learning, integrating the tasks of designing-building, and learning from working with and for the context. This study emphasizes that learning by building 1-to-1 scale constructions are complementary of learning in design studios, and it should become an integral part of the whole learning process in the design education. Hands-on building practice is a productive process that supports the design education. Students are expected to derive and produce knowledge by building full-scale constructions in the real site. The thesis argues for the fact that hands-on building practice is to be more than the obtaining of knowledge and skill of making architecture only by instructions. Learning process is to be based on the simultaneous involvement of thinking-doing (taking action)-skill-production of knowledge rather than a linear process of knowledge-skill-taking action.


Printed architectures: architects’ auto-monographs in Turkey 1950s-1980s
Bancı, Selda; Altan, Tomris Elvan; Department of History of Architecture (2016)
This dissertation examines architecture in Turkey from the 1950s to the 1980s through printed mediums and focuses on the auto-monographs prepared by practising architects, one of the genres of printed mediums in architecture. These books retrospectively display architects’ complete œuvre via images and texts and provide a place for architects to structure their own architectural production and to develop an understanding of architecture itself as a practice. The monographs live longer than the buildings and...
Awarding architecture in Turkey: national architecture exhibition and awards program
Durmaz, Nur; Balamir, Aydan; Department of Architecture (2009)
The establishment of the National Architecture Exhibition and Awards (NAEA) program in 1987, by Chamber of Architects, coincides with the period of dissolving modernist paradigm and rising pluralist influences in Turkey. The program, as a critical medium, is expected to reflect “national” architectural practice and contribute in the “contemporary” architectural practice in Turkey. In order to evaluate the consistencies with these objectives, firstly the program identity and then the participations are analy...
Exhibitions as the medium of architectural reproduction "modern architecture: international exhibition"
Tabibi, Baharak; Gür, Berin Fatma; Department of Architecture (2005)
This thesis studies the influential role of architectural exhibitions in shaping and directing architectural discourses. The study accepts architectural exhibitions and associated publications as the أcritical actؤ of architecture, in which (the work of) architecture is interpreted, reproduced and publicized. The main focus of this thesis is أModern Architecture: International Exhibition,ؤ held in 1932 at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). This particular exhibition is a significant historical event, which of...
Restoration project of a traditional house in camişerif district 5227 Str. No:14 Mersin
Yılmaz, Yavuz Salim; Asatekin, Gül; Department of Architecture (2005)
The subject of this thesis is to prepare the restoration project of a traditional house in Camişerif District, Mersin, where has the most dense traditional house tissue, in order to handle the subject as a case study on the traditional houses of Mersin for the later conservation movements in the region. Within the context of the study, the present states of the site and the building are studied in detail and the original state of the building is investigated through historical and comparative study of the b...
Reading/unfolding architectural form: an inquiry into the venice hospital project by Le Corbusier
Çınar, Sinem; Aközer, Emel; Department of Architecture (2005)
This study aims to discuss the generative possibilities of reading architectural form by focusing on selected interpretations of the Venice Hospital project by Le Corbusier. By presenting complementary and competing readings of the project, it examines different design strategies in the formal organization of the Venice Hospital. It shows that the Venice Hospital project, displaying the characteristics of both a أfieldؤ organization and a well-articulated object, demands a reconsideration of the occasionall...
Citation Formats
Ö. Turgay, “Hands-on building practices in architectural education : METU summer construction practices,” M.Arch. - Master of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, 2005.