Politically In-correct Buildings: Transmission of Different Power Attitudes Through Architecture

Taşcı M. H., Şalgamcıoğlu M. E.

Journal Of Asian Architecture And Building Engineering, vol.21, pp.1, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 21
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/13467581.2022.2065282
  • Journal Name: Journal Of Asian Architecture And Building Engineering
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Scopus, Compendex, Index Islamicus, Directory of Open Access Journals, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.1
  • Keywords: Architecture and power, political power, political parties, space configuration, space syntax, SPACE
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Power can exist in many forms and permeate deeply in societies, thus, the effects of power can be traced in every domain of the society. Spatial attitudes are important indicators for revealing power games. After all, architecture can be a good tool for actors in potency. The impact of it cannot be underestimated since there is a reciprocal effect between architecture and the society; they transform each other consequently. Exercising power has a wide range of attitudes, which differentiates from domination on one end, and emancipatory approaches on the other end. Every society, every institution, and hierarchical organization have different, yet mostly innate preferences that have a projection on the spaces they use, and the architectural choices they make. In this study, these differences are investigated in terms of publicity and hierarchy, through analyzing the syntactic relations and configurations of political party headquarters which are deliberately built to serve the parties by the authority figures within the parties.

Keywords: architecture and power, political power, political parties, space configuration, space syntax