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M. Erkılıç, “Legitimization Of The Regionalist Idea In Architecture Through Mumford’s Early Ideas,” ODTÜ Mimarlık Fakültesi Dergisi, vol. 18, no. 1-2, pp. 5–23, 1998, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: http://jfa.arch.metu.edu.tr/archive/0258-5316/1998/cilt18/sayi_1_2/5-23.pdf.