The Role of Image in Understanding Environment

By Z. Yesim Alemdar.

Published by The International Journal of the Image

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It is important to recognize the ultimate place of “understanding” in architecture. Understanding represents an intersubjective situation, which is organized by a subjective reality that can be shared. In intersubjective understanding, one creates a subjective understanding of the world and shares it, which means she produces knowledge. The subject uses her images to produce her way of understanding the world. Although the word “image” can be very widely used in everyday conversation, it also refers to a philosophical range. Moreover, it can also be said that image is a subjective concept; every subject has her own images in mind. However, it would not be forgotten that there are some shared images, which are similar to a wide range of subjects. Image as a concept, prepares a background for understanding, and proposes relations between the understandings. In artistic disciplines, which propose designing something from nothing—so called “creating”—the way the subject understands the world affects her creative ability. In this essay, image will be assumed as the main concept in understanding the world as well as architecture.

Keywords: Architectural Understanding, Architectural Criticism, Image

The International Journal of the Image, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp.127-138. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 797.362KB).

Z. Yesim Alemdar

Assist.Prof., Fine Arts and Design Faculty, Department of Architecture., NNY University, Kayseri, Turkey

YESİM ALEMDAR is an Assist. Prof. at Nuh Naci Yazgan University, Department of Architecture. She received her bachelor (1989) and M. Arch Degree (1998) from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkiye. Her MA Thesis is titled “A Transformative Relationship Between Architecture And Architectural Media: Turkish Media After 1980.” Her Ph.D. is from Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkiye (2010), and her Ph.D. Thesis is titled “Image as a Narrative in Architecture”. She gives critiques in various Architectural Design Studios and lectures the “Structural Design” course at the undergraduate level. Also she had several elective courses about Architectural Criticism, Post-modern Architecture, Visual Culture for both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Her researches are “Architectural Theory”, “Photographic Architecture”, “Architectural Media”, “Image in Architecture”, “Architectural Education”, “Architectural Criticism”, and “Structural Design”.