Truth as a discursive object in architecture: communication through aesthetics in the post-truth era

Tanrıdağ, Sarp
One of the ways in which the post-truth era affects architecture is the question of communication and exchange. Architecture does not translate into tangible and objective forms with ease. The discipline is susceptible to losing value, depth, and truth in being subjected to measurement and judgment standards. The post-truth era is entangled with the problem of communication in architecture. It brings about a wholesale-like environment for the processes of exchange and communication, where universal standards for commensuration are lacking. In the context of post-truth, this thesis scrutinizes an object-oriented architecture for its potential to provide the discipline with a form of universal communicability based on aesthetics. More particularly, this study reviews Mark Foster Gage’s translation of the contemporary philosophy of Object-Oriented Ontology into architecture. His criticism involves architecture’s reduction to the more marketable, easily comprehendible, over-simplified concepts, relations, and narratives that disjoin the speech, truth, and being in the conversion of the discipline into more commensurable forms. Firstly, the thesis provides an examination of money-sign, which serves a double function in the scope of architecture: (a) to understand how money and rhetorics operate in the contemporary discipline—not solely for deception and profit, but also for “objective” facilitation of communicability and exchangeability; (b) to provide a comparative model for the examination of aesthetics in Object-Oriented Ontology. Following an examination of an object-oriented architecture in general, the study scrutinizes the case study of M. F. Gage Architects’ “The Tower on the 57th Street, NYC” project, the listing and kitbashing techniques.


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Citation Formats
S. Tanrıdağ, “Truth as a discursive object in architecture: communication through aesthetics in the post-truth era,” M.Arch. - Master of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, 2022.