An Inquiry into the values and problems for conservation of traditional mud brick houses in Ağlasun, Burdur

Can, Cansu
The buildings, constituting rural architecture, reflect the environment, in which they are located, as well as the socio-cultural, economical and traditional features of rural life because of being built with local construction materials. Therefore, the conservation of rural architecture contributes to the continuity of rural heritage, which is an essential part of cultural heritage. Traditional houses constitute a significant part of the civil architecture in rural. However, most of them are in danger of extinction as a result of being abandoned or being exposed to uncontrolled transformation because they are not equipped adequately for current living standards. Thus, it is important to ensure the continuity of the historical, authentic and aesthetic values of traditional houses with an appropriate conservation approach which is decided specifically for each building by considering their existing architectural, structural and functional characteristics. The study conducted within the scope of this thesis is on the defining current values and problems of traditional rural houses for a conservation project to be addressed for this purpose. It is known that the use of mud brick as a building material in housing construction has been observed since the Neolithic Age. Unfortunately, it lost its favor in time with the effect of globalization. However, together with development of eco-friendly architecture, the value of mud brick as a construction material has started to be considered deeply with scientific studies around the world. Within this context, researches on structural, environmental and sanitary conditions of mud brick constructions has been brought into discussion for the last few decades in also Turkey. With both historical and traditional mud brick masonry architecture richness, Ağlasun district of Burdur is one of the important rural areas in Turkey. In this regard, the aim of this thesis is identifying the current values and problems of traditional houses in Ağlasun in accordance with their architectural and structural characteristics and proposing conservation interventions.
Citation Formats
C. Can, “An Inquiry into the values and problems for conservation of traditional mud brick houses in Ağlasun, Burdur,” Thesis (M.Arch.) -- Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences. Conservation of Cultural Heritage in Architecture., Middle East Technical University, 2019.