Change, continuity and home: The tent, traditional dwelling and squatter house in Turkey

Yildiz H. T.

OPEN HOUSE INTERNATIONAL, vol.31, no.4, pp.40-48, 2006 (AHCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 31 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Agricultural & Environmental Science Database, ICONDA Bibliographic
  • Page Numbers: pp.40-48
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: No


This article aims to explore the changes and continuity in housing patterns of Turkish society comparing traditional and contemporary usage. In this context, the spatial and social structures of housing patterns ore studied comparatively from an historical perspective. The article is based on research projects carried out by the author that aimed to identity the effects of socio-cultural and psychological factors on the spatial formation, meaning and use of domestic space in different types of Turkish dwellings. Examples chosen from a number of case studies in different housing patterns ore mainly those of the Middle Asian Tent, the Traditional Turkish House and Squatter Housing 'Gecekondu'. The article consists of six sections. In the first two, the aim and the general concept of the paper ore defined, the research field is explained and the problem is specified. In the third section, the formation of spatial setting in different housing pattern of Turkish settlers will be analysed by comparing the tent, traditional house and squatter house. The fourth section focuses on related theoretical concepts in environmental behavioural studies with the conceptual model of culture and space interaction system in terms of meaning and use of home space. In the lost two sections, the field study is presented and the article builds on the findings of the case studies to offer some proposals for new design principles.