Korkmaz, Cem
Architecture is a culturally fueled, creative, and interdisciplinary profession. It operates in the conception, coordination, and critical assessment of the built environment while requiring the refinement of an architectural common sense, through an acumen that is most pragmatically tuned for the delivery of all services involved. The ongoing virtualization in a globalized consumer society allows for the conception, urge, and realization to propagate previously incomprehensible forms and methods, and a tendency to move away from the customary. While doing so, it makes it customary for the architect’s inquiry to depend on a foreign interface, relegating form and construction problems from actual, material dimensions into the domain of representation. To explain this phenomenon, the thesis observes how the series of industrial revolutions since the nineteenth century have disrupted the evolutionary pace of many cultures, and how architecture reacted to those gradual shifts of thought from pre-modern to modern global paradigms. It analyzes how the current trends of virtualization and image propagation threaten intellectual labor value while also disregarding the ages' accumulated wisdom in the human interaction with the environment. Through a series of interrelated and argumentative chapters, a culture of architecture is defined by articulating the term in terms of means and ends, by understanding technology not as the mastery of nature but as the mastery of the relation between nature and humankind, to propose strategies for the vicious legal, economic, and material cycles related to the contemporary architectural practice.


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Citation Formats
C. Korkmaz, “CULTURE OF ARCHITECTURE: AN INQUIRY INTO FRAGMENTS OF PERCEPTION, CONCEPTION, AND REASON,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2021.