An Inquiry on Absolute Architecture: The Case Study of Arter in İstanbul

Şahin, Umut Bora
The notion of form has always had a prominent role in the discipline of architecture both for the theoretical discussions and the practice of building. Reconfiguring the physical conditions of architecture, the idea of form can enable possibilities for creating a relationship between the object of architecture and the city. This research unfolds the theories on architectural form and offers an analysis of the Arter building in İstanbul in the light of these theories. The “revolutionary” architecture around the 18th and 19th centuries by Étienne-Louis Boullée and Claude-Nicolas Ledoux, the autonomous architecture in the 20th century by Peter Eisenman and Michael Hays, the architectural pragmatism that has emerged with the millennium by Robert Somol and Sarah Whiting, and the absolute architecture of Pier Vittorio Aureli illustrate some of these different theories that centralize the discussion of form in architectural production. This thesis argues that Aureli’s theory of absolute architecture builds a coherent relationship between the intrinsic forces of architecture and its wider urban context. The aim of the thesis is to discuss the potentials of architectural form to offer political, physical, and social engagement with the city.


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Citation Formats
U. B. Şahin, “An Inquiry on Absolute Architecture: The Case Study of Arter in İstanbul,” M.Arch. - Master of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, 2021.