Intelligent infrastructures: anatomy of the METU Campus

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Designed and constructed with the ambition of generating “a small city” in the 1960s, Middle East Technical University (METU) Campus is facilitated with a sophisticated infrastructural design. This thesis focuses on the complex infrastructural systems, needs, and problems of the campus. The goal is to re-investigate the university campus as an early model for modern, sustainable, and liveable urban environments. This thesis provides documentation and representation of campus infrastructure from campus scale to the architecture of a selected building. Infrastructural inquiry of the campus and its architectural anatomy enable to reconsider the campus as a living organism with continuous flows, operative systems, and networks of activities. This architectural experiment blurs the distinctions between infrastructure and architecture and redefines the METU Campus as a collection of a new type of physical, social, and natural infrastructures. This contextual research is supported by a conceptual design proposal for the intelligent urban development and transformation of the campus, buildings, and the infrastructure. Infrastructure is reconsidered in this proposal in the light of recent technological developments, social transformations, and environmental challenges of the “Information Age”. The aim is to transform the early conceptions and the vision of the campus, which was modern, hygienic, and rational into intelligent, circular, and responsive environments.


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Citation Formats
Ö. F. Ağırsoy, “Intelligent infrastructures: anatomy of the METU Campus,” M.Arch. - Master of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, 2022.