A body-oriented narrative: Antakya as a phenomenological inquiry

Dönmez, Benan
Throughout the historical process, body has been a phenomenon that is constantly related to what belongs to architecture. This is such an intertwined relationship that understanding the authentic meaning of body actually corresponds to reaching the essence of space. This study examines the relationship with body through city phenomenon, which contains the unity of many spatial layers. At this point, the city that is dealt with especially using a phenomenological ground is Antakya. The study claims that in order to understand Antakya, the city has to be approached as if approaching a body. Because, the city is a manifestation of body, as every existence in the world. The phenomenological ground of the study, which is reconstructed by resolving the existing theories, underlines that the geography, city, buildings and human beings refer to the same and only one bodily reality through their intertwined relationship. Each of them exists on a relational ground where the existence of one is responsible for the other, and the change in one affects the other and even the whole. This common bodily reality also describes a totality with both the physical and non-physical, namely the tectonic and poetic aspects of body. Therefore, Antakya city is understood not by considering it as a singular phenomenon, but by grasping all together the bodily situations of the others that exist with the city. As embodiment narratives gathered under a triology as Geography, City and Building, each of the supports to reach Antakya city with a body-oriented approach based on a historical-philosophical ground. In the world filled with heaps of objects and images, this study is an attempt to make sense of a city by making effort to explore what is behind the visible, to reach the deeper and to grasp its meaning as a whole.


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Citation Formats
B. Dönmez, “A body-oriented narrative: Antakya as a phenomenological inquiry,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2022.