Image manipulation: a post-orthographic design medium

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2019
Özkan, Eyüp
This thesis initially aims to reveal representational processes considered as “natural” to architecture. Based on the fact that architecture is reliant on its image, these processes are revisited in their technical terms in order to be able to “denaturalize” architectural design process. Particularly, the consideration of drawing and its technical qualities as inherent to architecture disguises the limitations they impose on the architectural work. Also, the institutionalization of drawing in the educational settings of architecture obscures the necessity to re-question these limitations. The thesis reasons these limitations through the linear rule of drawing and its reliance on bodily performance. Following John May’s proposition that “Everything is Already an Image,” image manipulation is explored as a “post-orthographic” design medium eliminating the fragmentation and mechanization of design process, which are the consequences of linearity and embodiment of drawing. The thesis also speculates on how imaging techniques render certain practices of contemporary architectural education redundant, incompatible, or even detrimental.

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E. Özkan, “Image manipulation: a post-orthographic design medium,” Thesis (M.Arch.) -- Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences. Architecture., Middle East Technical University, 2019.