An Aesthetic response to an architectural challenge: architecture‘s dialogue with the arts in postwar Turkey

Yavuz, Ezgi
This study aims to analyze architecture’s dialogue with the arts in postwar Turkey. It attempts to comprehend the formation of the idea of ‘collaboration’ between arts and architecture and the meaning of this from the viewpoint of architectural production. Thus, it investigates the atmosphere together with the facts and actors involved in this unity, all of which contribute to uncover the intellectual background and the practice of ‘collaboration’. The ultimate goal in this study is to understand the intention behind integrating the modern arts into modern architecture in that particular context. Defined as an “interregnum,” the mid-century modernism faced with an “internal critique” in terms of architectural discourse and production. This critical approach searched for new interpretations of the “modern,” which was expected to suggest satisfactory and adaptable solutions for the requirements of the time. In this respect, the study tries to read the contemporary discussions and the materialized works in Turkey with reference to a wider international frame of the architectural context that witnessed similar debates and practices. This includes the reevaluation process of modern architecture, which was also seen in the Turkish architectural climate in the form of a rapprochement between architecture and the public, and a solution to the dichotomy between the local and the universal. At the end, the investigation examines the attempt of reconstructing a dialogue with the plastic arts by analyzing the triggering factors, intellectual basis, modus operandi, and the implications in both artistic, architectural and the general socio-cultural context of the postwar period; and evaluates the consequent formation of a “situated modernism” in contemporary architecture in Turkey.


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Citation Formats
E. Yavuz, “An Aesthetic response to an architectural challenge: architecture‘s dialogue with the arts in postwar Turkey,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2015.