A not so popular, but an interesting, TV series called The Expanse –an adaptation of a novel series of the same title– has a plot situated in a time when humans have more or less colonized the solar system. Earth has become the colonizer, Moon, Mars, and many moons of Jupiter, etc. have become the […]Read more "Planetary Design of Automatons"
In this post I want to reflect on what does it really mean for architecture to engage with society. Let me start by saying that there is no singular way in which architecture engages with society -that also includes architects as well. In one sense it is like asking, what are the ways in which […]Read more "Architects and Engagement with Society – part 1"
Fourth Impression: Meeting the marble antiquity and Artimes DionysusThe summer school was organise, as mentioned earlier, at Sirince a small holiday town / village popular for its vineyards, wines, olive plantations, and some really scenic mountains. And if you find the right location, you can also get a glimpse of the Ege from the mountain […]Read more "Memoirs from my first trip to Turkey – 4"
Third Impression: Graham Harman One thing I forgot to mention in the previous post was that the organizers for some reason impressed by an idea that I had used for a project “Incremental Intentions”. I showed the project to Enver Otku when we were getting to know each other on the first day. I did not […]Read more "Memoirs from my first trip to Turkey – 3"
A few things were not mentioned in the previous posts. After our visit to Ozdere, Dilek and Zeynep helped me to catch a bus to Selcuk. They patiently waited until the bus arrived, explained the driver about where I wanted to reach. The drive to Selcuk and further to Sirince was as scenic as one […]Read more "Memoirs from my first trip to Turkey – 2"
Very few places have moved me or compelled me so strongly to really write a reflection as Turkey. Perhaps it might me the case that I am now open enough to authentically moved or excited by things. My itinerary was largely not touristic but I was visiting Turkey to attend a summer school at […]Read more "Memoirs from my first trip to Turkey – 1"
Why is the question of erasing the author -by one’s own will, by chance, by context, or consciously by a generation- so important in our times? The larger arc of this idea seems to be spanning between the hyper-celebration or hero worshiping of the individual author on the one hand and the desire for a […]Read more "The Erasure and Presence of Author"
We breathe air. We breathe air. We breathe air. We breathe…. We…. breathe… air…But what is this stuff called air? There are so many ways to open up, define, and explain what air is. It is the medium of this thing called atmosphere. It is everywhere, at least between the terrain and the ends of […]Read more "AIR"
1. Critical Theory, Commons, and Social Totality: If we follow Max Horkheimer’s idea of Critical Theory[i] then, we learn, most importantly, that Critical Theory is concerned with the struggle for a total social change. In that respect it differentiates itself from Traditional Theory -which has had difficulty engaging with the idea of change itself. Towards the struggle for total change, Critical […]Read more "Antigone, Apocalypse, Catastrophe & Universality"
1. Sketchy Drawings Much has been already written about the drawings from 20th century in architecture, particularly with reference to the collage and montage techniques of Mies van Der Rohe at the turn of 20th century, about Archigram, Archizoom, Superstudio, OMA, Cedric Price, Bernard Tschumi, Zaha Hadid among many others. This essay intends to discuss the relationship or […]Read more "Sketchy Drawings Clear Intentions"