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