Upgrading the old: the adaptation of traditional residential buildings to the contemporary life

Avcı, Deniz
Traditional residential buildings constitute an important part of Turkey’s cultural heritage. However, in most of the cases, these buildings face with the problems of arbitrary alterations disregarding their values, abandonment, neglect and even demolition. To prevent these problems, they need to be 'upgraded' to the contemporary life, while sustaining their values and cultural significance. During this 'upgrading' process, the most common and important problems are faced with during the re-functioning of the existing spaces and the provision of the service spaces according to the contemporary living standards and expectations of users. Therefore, this thesis proposes the process, content, method and criteria for conservation and design for upgrading traditional residential buildings to the contemporary life, focusing on the existing and expected functional layout and new service spaces. The proposed method is assessed on three selected cases from İstiklal District, Ankara. Based on the proposed process, content, method and design/conservation criteria within this thesis, the functional layouts are studied and the service spaces are designed, including implementation details for the selected cases. As a conclusion, this thesis revealed that the spatial properties of the traditional residential buildings can offer even more than the spaces that the inhabitants can expect from a contemporary house, while the service spaces with contemporary standards can also be provided with a conscientious approach.


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Citation Formats
D. Avcı, “Upgrading the old: the adaptation of traditional residential buildings to the contemporary life,” M.Arch. - Master of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, 2012.