Maruf Önal and the production of mid-twentieth century modern architecture in İstanbul

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2019
Tok, Tuğba
This study focuses on architect Maruf Önal (1918-2010) as a prominent actor of architectural practice in Turkey, who also contributed to professional education and organization besides his prolific architectural production from the 1940s to the 1980s. Önal’s works, mostly in İstanbul, include a wide range of building typologies from different types of dwellings to buildings for work, recreation and transportation. These buildings answered the demands of the routine needs of modern urban life while composing the “standard-ordinary” pattern of modern architecture in the built environment of the mid- to late-twentieth century in Turkey. Investigating the architectural practice in mid-twentieth century İstanbul by Önal, who also characterized himself as an “ordinary” architect, the aim is to evaluate contemporary architectural production that was realized by either individuals or team work, and created new aesthetic approaches to answer the new functional requirements of buildings that emerged with the novelties of modern urban life.
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T. Tok, “Maruf Önal and the production of mid-twentieth century modern architecture in İstanbul,” Thesis (M.A.) -- Graduate School of Social Sciences. History of Architecture., Middle East Technical University, 2019.