I want to mention about an international summer school in Latvia. In the past, I wrote that I participated in RTU & FOLD’s architectural programme last summer. It was an amazing and very efficient experience. In this summer, it will be repeated with an different name ‘Arcadia’ which starts on July 25 and ends on August 8, 2015. It will be located in a very well place: Cesis. It’s a peaceful and lovely small town. There are many green areas and the buildings are really nice. I recommend this summer programme strongly. Especially, if you are an architecture student, that will be a great experience for you by means of efficient lectures, studio works, mapping, dinner programmes, architectural trips and other entertainments etc. By the way, if you participate in this programme, you should stay in Riga for at least 3 days, because it’s an amazing city! There are many social activities to do and fantastic structures and spaces to see. I loved latvian architecture!
So, don’t think to much and go there! Deadline is 3rd of May for application.
“Escape the rush of the city and become a happy citizen of ARCADIA! The Summer School of 2015 is now open for applications.
When hardly any place on our planet is left untouched, we especially value the remaining natural areas and strive for fresh air, clean water, luscious greenery and organically produced food. For the frustrated urbanite, a rural town seems to be the refuge, promising unspoiled nature and an idyllic lifestyle, as well as the basic amenities of a city.
What does a modern day Arcadia entail? Does it accommodate urban agriculture, water management, wildlife reintroduction, ecotourism, well–being of the body and the mind? Can we imagine giving up an urbanised territory to the forces of nature? Is today’s Arcadia economically and socially sustainable?”
Now, I’ll mention about the first proposals of my final project of this semester. It consists of just my first ideas. First of all, I wanted to make interactive spatial conditions in my house. The previous scenario wasn’t changed, still there are two permanent subjects: industrial designers who design small decorative furnitures. I didn’t want to isolate housing and working area. I tried to make an very experiential space. I want people and spaces have relationships between eachother by means of transparent surfaces and different rectangular forms. There is one common space in the open space (courtyard). Privacy in this house is approaching to this experiential space. The all private areas make a connection with this space. So, it creates a circulation between working and living spaces. By the way, in the east part of the ground level of this house there is a continuity and transparency throughout the that zone. So, users can always have a control of their house and experience during the whole day. The other details of these ideas are written in the diagrams.
Here, there are some drawings and diagrams of my proposals that I presented in the first pre-jury. (The scale of all drawings is 1/200)
This the site plan:
Elevations and sections;
This is the concept model;
There is a densier condition in my composition.These densier conditions have effects on the side spaces.
Hi there, some weeks ago we went to an excellent village located in Fethiye in Mugla. It’s an amazing city and it is near the Ege Sea. Village’s name is Kayaköy.It consists of two different settlement. There are many historical houses there which were built in 19th century. They were set on the slopes and they creat a great view!
When I talk about why we werein Kayaköy, we went there to learn how to make a relievo of an old building. First, we drew justit’s outline without measurement and then, we used some different tools to measure the exact dimensions and levels. When we came back to school, we redrew them in AutoCAD.
After that our professor actually wanted us to produce a restaurated structure in an really old building. We didn’t touch the original and existing construction. If you remember the our final project of this semester, we tried to make a workshop for our industrial designers who comes from our scenarios. Weassumed that they go to Kayaköy to work for four months. So, we tried to design a workshop house for them according to existing spatial conditions.
Here there are some photos of the house that our professors chose;
In my proposal, the construction that I designed is located inside of existing structure. I used concrete walls and glass which enclose inside. I didn’t use any methods of completing the existing walls or other elements. But, I use the information of that old building. For instance, I extended the structure in hollow parts of existing building. And also these parts create another and experiential space in outside. The whole structure consists of simple rectangular forms. In the entrance there is a huge box which is transition space; staircases and it’s surface which is front of the studio parts is transparent to make a visual sense and interaction with that working area. Also, there is a terrace in the service space of old building. In this space at the ground level there is also open space; courtyard. By the way, I used sliding and transparent door not to prevent transition spaces and to create a continuous permeable spaces.
These are the plans of each floors, elevations and section drawing;
A few weeks ago, we started to produce sketchcards which have different keywords for several weeks. Here there are some photos of first one which have examined famous houses in terms of movement and circulation. I tried to show their circulation processes, their interactions with other spaces and spatial connections in the houses.