Elam House by Frank LLyod Wright
An analysis on seeing what is not seen.

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Hello there! After all the research on climate change and sustainability both in architectural and social sense, we have now came to find out the site. We have searched through several areas that are ecologically problematic, in Ankara.  Those are including the Ankara Stream, Nallihan and Ulus area.

Since Nallıhan is far from the city and its scale is too large for this project it is eliminated. The instructors have choosen 3 areas out of the suggestions came from the class and of them is the Ankara Stream that we suggested.

After this time we initiated our study about the stream.The stream starts from Çubuk and continues all the way to Sincan district. However, for this term project, we analyzed only the Akköprü-Etimesgut line.

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The land use around this area is mainly based on the military zones, industry and the residential spaces dominant around the Atatürk Forest Farm (AOÇ).

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Plus, the transportation line here is a significant datum, especially for the factories. The railway is almost fully parallel to the stream throughout the line.

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*The visuals represented here belongs to a group of 15 people who studied “Ankara Stream” (Not the whole data). I was involved to a group of 4 people (me, Dilara Özlü, Doruk Atay, Behice Özer) who were responsible from the land use properties.


Change Climate Change | dwelling minimum

For the first term of the fourth year studio, we are dealing with the climate change issue as I mentioned in the previous post and initiated with a small scale exercise. We were assigned to decide an extreme climate condition where a desired social structure -single, familial or communal- dwells minimum. Besides, the most significant consideration is about the sustainability of the environment, energy, food and water sources, and living standards.
As an addition, we should consider the architectural approaches discussed in groups. Our approach is “lightness” yet, it is not a lightness in terms of the weight of structural elements, but flexibility.
My scenario takes time in the near future. Because of the global warming climatic conditions all over the world start to deform to an arid climate where drought spreads to more lands.

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IV. Year Studio and Climate Change


I never wished to be a senior student since it means the end of undergraduate years. However, it makes me feel more confident and now its time to think of my next plans.

Besides, the fourth-year studio is about architectural responses to Climate Change. But before going into architecture stuffs it is always better to first comprehend what we are dealing with and that is climate change. Here is the slide of our presentation as a group (Behice Özer, Dilara Özlü, Gültekin Doruk Atay, Nilay Karaköy) Continue reading “IV. Year Studio and Climate Change”

World of Media

Hello readers, this post is going to be different than my everyday content. This is about a communication course, from my secondary field, called “Alternative Media” and I would like to share with you those that interest and enlightened me during the semester.

The world of 21st century belongs to media that rules our minds. Obviously, in today’s Internet age, it is accessible and affordable for anyone that it went through many shapes and forms bringing out alternative media. To be honest, I must confess that as a very passive reader all those I learned are very new to me. I was aware of the fact that there were media sources that are less popular than those we hear every day yet I did not know that they were called “alternative or “critical” media. It is undoubtedly very different than the mainstream media when the production, distribution, and content are considered. As a reader what I used to use was limited to the popular newspapers and their web pages since I used to believe that they are preferred because they are the most trustable ones. However, I learned that there is more of it. Fortunately, now I am aware of the fact that the popularity does not reflect the righteousness of a source since mainstream media is under the influence of many factors such as power relations, advertisements, and individual profits that are affecting the news quality. For sure as conscious readers, we should not judge the quality of the news by classifying them just as mainstream or alternative. For instance, while studying for a class presentation, I came across with some alternative media examples that use inappropriate language and mainstream that speaks against the government. So, it is true that mainstream media is under the control of governments and alternative news media is more flexible and free in that sense, however, things may not be as we generalize all the time, there might be some exceptions. Continue reading “World of Media”