Güneri Söğüt, Gizem Deniz
This text visits and manifests the critical utopianism embedded in the praxis of Peter Cook, within which resides a promising mode of architectural thinking based on reflexive inquiries rather than absolute and closed utopias. It aims to revert questions that link utopia and spatial determinism towards questions that revolve around utopian methodologies that become trainings of architectural imagination.


Güneri Söğüt, Gizem Deniz (University of Zagreb, Faculty of Architecture, 2019-01-01)
This text dwells on and manifests the methodological significance of utopianism for the practices of the urban, and specifically architecture, building upon the core definitions made by Ruth Levitas in delineating utopia as method. It surveys various manners of architectural utopianisms - but not architectural utopias themselves - in their broadest sense, to identify the main tendencies of this methodology throughout the twentieth century.
Steven Holl : a translation of phenomenological philosophy into the realm of architecture
Yorgancıoğlu, Derya; Bilsel, Fatma Cânâ; Department of Architecture (2004)
In this thesis it is aimed to develop a particular reading of Steven Holl̕s approach to architecture. It is claimed that in Holl̕s architecture there is a philosophical depth that embraces both his thinking on and making of architecture. This thesis suggests that, the phenomenology of Maurice Merleau-Ponty, the French philosopher (1908-1961) is Steven Holl̕s main reference in achieving a philosophical depth in architecture. The thesis research focuses on understanding Holl̕s approach to architecture and its...
Sigfried Giedion's "space, time and architecture": an analysis of modern architectural historiography
Ceylanlı, Zeynep; Turan Özkaya, Belgin; Department of History of Architecture (2008)
This thesis investigates the key aspects of modern architecture in the first half of the twentieth century by an extensive reading of Sigfried Giedion’s book on modern architecture: Space, Time and Architecture The Growth of A New Tradition. Giedion’s life, his education, his other writings and his relationships with the pioneers of the era are considered as significant influences on the writing of the book. After giving an informative summary of the book, the key themes of the book are analyzed. While ana...
Christopher Alexander's concept of "living structure": theories of "wholeness" and "centers" and its application to traditional Kastamonu houses
Biçer Melez, Yasemin; İmamoğlu, Vacit; Department of Architecture (2008)
This thesis aims to gain an insight to the properties that make a “living structure” and examine these properties and the concept of “living structure” in traditional Kastamonu Houses in the light of Christopher Alexander’s theories of “wholeness” and “centers”. Especially in the last century, building activity has become a significant field with the developments in the construction techniques and technology. In this way, human life is being shaped also, beside the earth. The traditional housing fabric, whi...
Material Processuality: Alternative Grounds for Design Research
Tönük Kruıthof, Damla (Informa UK Limited, 2020-01-01)
This article opens discussion on the positivist epistemology underlying the understandings of materials in design research that have been brought along as a result of theory and methods inherited from engineering and psychology. Examining the ambitions of work that seeks to operationalize knowledge created by these methods in the design process, we propose that attending to the processuality of material forms is a more adequate way for design research to capture the multiplicity of materials. We develop thi...
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G. D. Güneri Söğüt, “PETER COOK BEYOND ARCHIGRAM: TOWARDS A CRITICAL UTOPIANISM,” PROSTOR, pp. 130–141, 2020, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: