The aim of this study is to present a contemporary approach to the process of archiving, preserving, and displaying the architecture of the campus of Middle East Technical University. Considering the process as a form of reproduction of architecture, the methodological term “cognitive curation” is introduced. As the term itself suggests, cognitive curation blends architecture with concepts borrowed from both cognitive and curatorial studies. While cognitive studies help to interpret the architectural ideas of campus architects, curatorial studies provide a narrative for this interpretation process. The application of cognitive curation in this study is undertaken within three phases: data collecting, model collection, and program display. Each cognitive-curatorial phase yields an evaluation of the campus as a display object and reproduces its architecture through comprehensive, collaborative, transdisciplinary, and computationally engaged architectural simulations.


Awarding architecture in Turkey: national architecture exhibition and awards program
Durmaz, Nur; Balamir, Aydan; Department of Architecture (2009)
The establishment of the National Architecture Exhibition and Awards (NAEA) program in 1987, by Chamber of Architects, coincides with the period of dissolving modernist paradigm and rising pluralist influences in Turkey. The program, as a critical medium, is expected to reflect “national” architectural practice and contribute in the “contemporary” architectural practice in Turkey. In order to evaluate the consistencies with these objectives, firstly the program identity and then the participations are analy...
Assessing thermal comfort conditions: a case Study on the METU Faculty of Architecture building; the case of ODTÜKENT
Çakır, Çağrı; Elias Özkan, Soofia Tahira; Department of Building Science in Architecture (2006)
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of environmental design parameters on thermal comfort conditions in the METU Faculty of Architecture Building located in Ankara. The building had some problems in terms of indoor climatic conditions, both in winter and in summer. It was evident that some design parameters caused this undesirable situation. The study therefore focused on understanding and evaluating the effects of design-dependent elements such as thermal mass, the size and orientation of win...
Architectural built form and public dialogue : an evaluation of public wall in its communicative role
Güçlü, Tuğba; Cengizkan, Ali; Department of Architecture (2006)
This thesis is a study on the interface of public built form and the open public space surrounding it. The aim is to explore the problem of the transition between interior and exterior public space, that is the exterior skin of the public built form: its public wall. Public wall is explored as an in-between element belonging to both spaces, which forms the dialogue of these spaces. The dialogue is studied in terms of communicative qualities. A conceptual framework is established for the analysis of the publ...
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Bağcı, Mediha Özlem; Elias Özkan, Soofia Tahira; Department of Architecture (2008)
The aim of this study was to investigate the thermal performance of residential units in the Middle East Technical University (METU) Campus, Ankara. The study was conducted on the unoccupied residential units to eliminate the occupant interventions. There were only three unoccupied residential units in the study period, hence sample was considered as randomly selected. Case study units were triplex row houses and all physical characteristics were identical apart from their orientations. The thermal performa...
Hands-on building practices in architectural education : METU summer construction practices
Turgay, Özce; Gür, Berin Fatma; Department of Architecture (2005)
This thesis explores the position of hands-on building practices in architectural education by focusing on METU Summer Construction Practices (ARCH190), which has been conducted in the rural sites of Turkey since 1958. It is believed that the summer construction practice is a tool of education to acquire knowledge of architecture by building 1-to-1 scale constructions. METU Summer Construction Practices are examined by asking the questions of أwhat is learnedؤ and أhow is learnedؤ in order to understand bot...
Citation Formats
D. N. ERKOÇ, “COGNITIVE CURATION: THE METU CAMPUS AS A DISPLAY OBJECT,” M.Arch. - Master of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, 2022.