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Façade-wall: an architecture for knowledge representation

Derebaşı, Bengisu
This study aims to track the traces of knowledge in architecture. Architecture, here, refers to the materiality of the knowledge; knowledge, on the other hand, is considered as an abstract concept. In order to reveal the intricate relation between knowledge and architecture, façades of certain libraries are inquired. By liberating knowledge representation from the books, this inquiry perceives the wall and the library as the architectural interfaces where knowledge could be represented. Through certain cases: The Temple of Edfu, Fang Shan Archive and the Sainte Genevieve Library, the reflection of knowledge in architecture is quested. The walls of the mentioned cases are transformed into a surface, a wall-niche or a façade-wall to accommodate knowledge. Thus, the wall, the renowned architectural element, is reconceptualized with the presence of knowledge. As the utmost condition of this convergence, the term façade-wall is introduced. It is generated depending on the Sainte Genevieve Library and this term is reinterpreted by revisiting the Foucauldian concept of table.