A generative typology for critical regionalism: An urban design perspective

Kar, Zeynep Elif
Traditional cities have evolved through a series of local codes from material use and architecture of the buildings to the syntactic structure of settlement pattern. The building rules embedded within the multi-layered nature of the traditional urbanism characterizes traditional towns in specific manners. Various combination of the rule sets in specific manners, therefore, is the main factor in the characterization of different urban contexts and their evolution, accordingly. In this regard, any design act put in practice within the fabric of any traditional urban context has a real challenge to adapt themselves within such particular evolutionary processes. Since evolution does not only involve the fundamental mechanism of inheritance, but variation in the form of generation of the unprecedented forms and patterns, formulation of the new in a subtle yet critical continuity with the existing patterns can be seen as a major challenge of any innovative design which respects for the already evolved types in urbanism. In the architectural design discourse, such a perspective has long been identified as ‘Critical Regionalism’. In the context of urbanism, this approach is yet to be elaborated by robust design methods including the generative interpretation of the traditional spatial typologies. This research, from this perspective, is an attempt to suggest a methodological framework for the generation of contemporary urban fabric via the design codes of the traditional urban form. To that end, Uçhisar, one of the most characteristic traditional settlements in Turkey is selected for the development and testing the suggested generative method of typological urban design from the perspective of Critical Regionalism.


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Citation Formats
Z. E. Kar, “A generative typology for critical regionalism: An urban design perspective,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2021.