Elementary architectural formations and the METU Campus

Özen, Nejat Emre
Designed by the Çinici architects in the 1960s, the architecture of the METU Campus presents a unique creation of the elementarist space conception. This study aims to discover the underlying agents of the embedded elementarism of the Campus. In this context, the film “Mon Oncle” by Jacques Tati from 1958 and Mondrian dresses by Yves Saint Laurent from 1965 are scrutinized first. Both the film and the dresses represent elementarism by their elementarist entities that we call “elementary formations” in this study—accordingly, the extraction of their elementarist attributes aid in scrutinizing the architecture of the Campus. This process remarks on two essential terms, which are “elementarization” and “integration,” as Yve-Alain Bois defines. Thus, this thesis claims that what we call “elementary formations” emerge as tectonic plates in the METU Campus, and the assembly of the tectonic plates through the principles of “elementarization” and “integration” generates the authentic elementarist space conception of the Campus. The principles protect the autonomy of architecture by materials and assembly techniques very particular to architecture, and the METU Campus represents the dissemination of art into the environment as an epitome.
Citation Formats
N. E. Özen, “Elementary architectural formations and the METU Campus,” M.Arch. - Master of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, 2021.