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Keep Calm and Go to Latvia!

Hi there,

I mean architecture students! 🙂

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?”

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An article about the chapter A History of Architecture : The Triumph of Christ

For this semester, I have a term assignment for History of Architecture course. It’s about writing an article. Actually, it is going to be like a thesis (but not)  that’s why it’s very important experience for me. It has to be more serious rather than the articles that I wrote before. So, I have to study and search more on my topic. We were expected to choose a chapter from the book which is ‘’ A History of Architecture’’  by Spiro Kostof.

First of all, I want to mention about this great architecture historian. Spiro Kostof was born in Istanbul but he is Greek origin. First, he studied in Robert College in Istanbul. Then, he graduated from Yale University. He was a professor at the University of California in Berkeley for many years. He really interested in architectural history. He emphasized urbanism, arcitecture and phsical and social context of that kind of works. He is an appreciated historian. His lectures was very famous and he was really capable as lecturer.’ A history of architecture’ is an amazing textbook. He wrote about Rome, Venice, Constantinople (Istanbul), Mexico, U.S, Egypt and then some others. Actually in the beginning, his profession was about early period of Christianity and Constantinople. And the chapter that I chose is about exactly these eras.

So, let’s talk about my chapter which is ‘’The Triumph of Christ’’. It contains 3 parts: The Turning Point: Third-Century Rome, Housing the Kingdom of Heaven and The Conversion of Constantine. I chose this chapter, because I have interested in both Roman and Constantinople Architecture. So, this chapter has these periods. While I was reading that, some topics were really interested to me.

This chapter starts with depressed times of Rome. In the last times of Rome emperors concerned about defensing their countries. Then architectural sturctures were about that. For example, some walls were built in that period. Also, five good emperors of Rome were mentioned in these parts. Hadrian (emperor from 117 to 138 AD) is one of them. Actually, the field of sculpture in Rome started to change with portraits of Hadrian. In the past, there wasn’t any emotion on the faces of emperors’ portraits. Very important thing was mentioned here.’’ Philosopher Plotinus claims that beauty resides not in the body but in the soul and in the soul’s yearning toward the universal soul of God. – ‘ Ugly is that which has no soul’ ‘’ I really liked that. Especially, Both Hadrian and his architectural things are emotional. For instance, Hadrian’s Villa at Tivoli has important values about his love: Antinous. By the way, traditions were seemed on the structures about Hadrian. That caught my attention much. Besides, in this chapter, it is mentioned how religion was reflected to the Roman architecture in this period. In last times of Rome, the country was falling. Then, many architectural structures started to lose their significance. Therefore, architectural and artistic attempts went towards to the East-Rome. After that first Christianity Architecture started to seem. There are some information about important public basilicas which were constructed with ordered arches,posts,columns and high walls and other structures like Hagia Sophia. Their structural processes and significance were talked about. By the way, in the constantinople times,  basilicas were  syntheses of east and west.

Finally, after I read the whole chapter, I decided to study on Hadrian and write about him. Because the examples about Emperor Hadrian that are given in this chapter were interested to me much as I mentioned before. Afterthat, I searched about him a little. Then I realized that there are many architectural things for him. Many temples, walls, gates, pavilions were built in many places. And I want to understand why he is really important emperor for Rome and it’s architecture. Why people constructed many things for him? Besides, I want to find out his architectural importance in the meaning of social, cultural and technical.


Kostof, Spiro. A History of Architecture, New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010


Site Survey : Dikmen Valley

After the assignment of architectural elements, we started to do our final project. We had an site. It’s Dikmen Valley in Ankara. First, we tried to understand the qualities of an valley. It has sloped sides and it’s a linear formation topographically. Actually, it’s like a corridor because it has different sides which have different spaces and experiences. It creates a space in itself and also, it’s an in-between and isolated space. Besides, topographical qualities of a valley creates a void. A valley also can act as a border. So, Dikmen Valley has all these qualities. Actually, Dikmen Valley is like man-made space, because the municipality of Ankara tried to renew it within urban transformation projects. That’s why, it has many green areas and trees. However, lots of high-rise buildings were constructed around this valley. So, they limited the potential experiences of this valley. And also, the valley looks like a private area although it’s for public because of these buildings. This valley is really long and some parts of it haven’t been restored yet. Topographically, in this valley there are some niches and escape points. But, it’s still continuous.While some zones are man-made , other parts are natural. By the way, generally bottom part of it is used but, sometimes people can experience up levels of the sides of the valley.This valley is actually for pedestrians. People can walk, run, play and rest there. There are some cafes, restaurants, playing areas, running path, sports tools, funfair, theatre and bowers in this valley.

Here there are some photos;

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We choosed a space to work on it. It’s really well defined space. There are two bridges near to it. It’s actually in a niche of the valley. There are some squatter’s houses, a mosque and a school in our site. These photos are from our site ;

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2014 RTU International Summer School, Latvia, Cesis

Hi everybody 🙂

This video is about my summer experience. ‘Riga Technical University International Summer School is an annual two–week course in urbanism, architecture and design. Get Well City was an enquiry into local natural assets, traditions of wellness and future ambitions of the town of Cesis, Latvia.’ I participated in this summer school. It was really cool and amazing experience. Now, I have many moments and good friends from this course.

Check it out !

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In-between Space : Corridor

Hi everybody,

Today, I’ll mention about my first human scale project. This project is also about corridor but this work is individual. We were expected to consider the broader territory of architecture which is shaping the form, relations between spaces and sensory effects. We should have created two landscapes which are totally different from each other. They were named as hard landscape and soft landscape.  We tried to design our elements (corridor) considering in-between the hard landscape and the soft landscape, on the hard landscape and on the soft landscape.

I tried to make a design fullfilling these three conditions. I designed two opposite landscapes. And each landscape has different functions in itself. For in-between conditions I made a corridor. So, it became an in-between space with the help of spatial experiences and relationships between two different landscapes. This in-between space created a combination and interaction with the side zones(landscapes). The corridor acted differently on the opposite landscapes because of their conditions. Surfaces of this corridor were created with different techniques. So, it had spatial experiences and qualities of these both landscapes, then it could become an in-between space. Additionally, generally common corridors are too narrow and closed. So, I decided to make a wide and open corridor by using transparent surfaces and open zones. Therefore, the experiences of two landscapes could be revealed. In this corridor, people can experience daylight and outside as visual. I considered to making a sense. It wasn’t a physical experience in every zones but mostly visual and auditory experiences.

Here, there are some photos of my model, diagrams and technical drawings.

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