Sönmez, Büşra
Although collage has been widely discussed as a design method in architecture and landscape architecture, the use of collage in urban design needs further discussion. Apart from being an art form and technique beyond the physical act of collage, as in the transition between “painting and sculpture”, collage has widespread use in visual arts, design, music, literature, and photography. While collage is taken further with modern painting, it also affects the perception of modernist space in architecture and urbanism within conceptual, theoretical, and practical frameworks. Although it occupies an essential place in urban design practices, further theoretical research on the subject is required to understand the potentials, limitations, and boundaries of collage. The study aims to comprehend further the use of collage in urban design as a method. Collage can be construed with an idea of seeking the image of the place, which is already in the designer’s mind or the ones to be explored in the process of production. Despite working on the two-dimensional surface, collage may help revitalize and bring forth the concept, program, and material of the place by resembling the components of actual space; moreover, it may evoke new ways of perceiving the space within imagination processes for the designer. Considering the emerging involvement of collage in the contemporary urban design practice, the study assumes the increasing influence of the method in urban design thinking. That signifies the potential use of collage as an innovative design method in urbanism. To test this hypothesis, the study conducts a design analysis that involves a number of design practitioners who work with collage as a design method in their design processes. The notion has the potential to open up a new discussion and highlight the idea of extending the boundaries of conventional mediums and methods of urban design.


Türk, Cansu; Kömez Dağlıoğlu, Esin; Department of Architecture (2021-7-09)
Throughout the design process of a built environment, considering architecture and urban design separately and not associating them spatially cause the fundamental obstacle in integrating these fields. The thesis seeks to analyze the possibility of an alternative approach towards making of the city by emphasizing the spatial and typological features of architecture and focusing on the relation between the urban spaces and architecture. Besides, it highlights the value of benefiting from architectural preced...
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A design teaching approach of integrating the notions of design thinking and computing in the first year of architectural design education is introduced and discussed. The approach aims to enhance and bring up-to-date the educational practice of "learning by doing" in the first year foundations curriculum. In the studied example, the analytical phases of thinking in a simple design task are systematically and visually recorded. This documentation is incorporated to the design process as a means for the stud...
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The paper suggests a focused examination of the processes of drafting-based design and parametric design in urbanism. It discusses how spatial design's settled cognition would differ by using algorithmic systems through the altered relationships between the basic operations in design. To reveal the commonalities and distinctions between the two design methods, the authors present the detailed documentation of the workshop series, which experimented with both techniques within similar design contexts. By the...
DURAN, ÖZGE SELEN; Güzer, Celal Abdi; Department of Architecture (2022-7-7)
Sustainability has been one of the most researched and discussed issues within the realm of architecture as a discipline and also within the building design as a practice. However, the focal point in the majority of existing studies concentrate primarily on the design development and building performances based on the components of the design, where pre-design and post-design phases as well as multidimensional contribution of different actors are excluded. Therefore, perceiving and evaluating the entire pr...
Themes of Place and Space in Design Teaching: A Joint Studio Experiment in Amasya
Ulusu Uraz, Türkan; Balamir, Aydan (Middle East Technical University, Faculty of Architecture, 2006)
The design studio is a medium of intense learning in architectural education. A learning experiment that engages in critical practice, seeking to present values instead of mere techniques, promoting investigative work rather than trying to bring exact definitions to what must be, is typical of architectural studio education. The choice of a theme around which to structure studio work is significant in this respect; themes define the trajectory and act as filters of perception, thought and action, which the ...
Citation Formats
B. Sönmez, “COLLAGE IN URBAN DESIGN: A CRITICAL REVIEW OF DESIGN THINKING,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2022.