Understanding the concept of locality in architecture in the 21st century: mapping contemporary architecture in Turkey

Polat, Hüseyin
The relationship between architectural production and its contextual references has always been a significant ground of research and discussion in architectural criticism. The concept of locality represents the contextual aspect of architectural design and significance of place in architectural production. Consideration of contextual determinants and understanding the concept of locality may show significant differences within temporal and spatial changes. In the 21st century, the significance and impact of locality in architectural production had been altered depending upon socio-cultural, ecological, and technological transformations as well as various dynamics of globalization. This thesis aims to understand the altered concept of locality in the 21st century and the present transformations in consideration of place and contextual determinants in architecture. In this context, this study seeks to understand the related movements, debates and concepts that have a discourse on locality, and the present transformations that take place in the context of architecture and affect the understanding of locality. As a case study, the significance of locality in contemporary architecture is evaluated through selected examples realized after 2000 in Turkey. As an outcome, the thesis aims to create a framework about the altered understanding of locality in architecture, and to illustrate the diversity of concepts related to the representation of locality in contemporary architecture.


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Citation Formats
H. Polat, “Understanding the concept of locality in architecture in the 21st century: mapping contemporary architecture in Turkey,” M.Arch. - Master of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, 2021.