“Neo-Ottomanism” Rebuilt in Building Envelopes

By Benek Cincik.

Published by The International Journal of the Image

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Published online: August 26, 2014 $US5.00

Along with the developments in Turkey’s political stand in the last decade, it is possible to observe “Neo-Ottoman” tendencies in every scale of design practices, from urban transformation projects to t-shirt designs. This paper questions the possibility of reading the dynamics behind this complex socio-cultural tendency through the design of everyday images, particularly of building façades; either of new buildings or existing ones that have been reconstructed. In addition to articulating the relationship between inside/outside, the building envelope, operating as a representational device, reorganizes power ecologies. Since image is a strong and fast medium, images of these buildings, conveyed mostly by façades, are tools for implying a specific vision. Such façades have a transformational aspect because they manipulate the relationship with history by using strategies such as reduction of a complex imagery, and its architectural articulation to construct a new aesthetic vision in built environment. This paper aims to examine the dynamics of the “Neo-Ottomanism” trend reconstructed through building envelope designs that have a touch of “Seljuk and Ottoman style”. Therefore, selected examples from online and printed media will be analyzed and discussed in socio-cultural and architectural context.

Keywords: "Neo-Ottomanism", Building Envelope, Facade-image Relationship

The International Journal of the Image, Volume 4, Issue 4, August 2014, pp.137-149. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: August 26, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 928.146KB)).

Benek Cincik

Research Assistant, Interior Architecture Department, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey