NARRATIVE AS MNEMONIC-ATMOSPHERIC MEDIATOR OF SPATIAL AND LITERARY ENCOUNTERS: AN EXERCISE ON “BELDELER KITABI”/“BOOK OF PLACES”


Uz F.

in: MATERIART, architectural design, research and technology, Günsu Merin Abbas,Sibel Acar,Selda Bancı,Nur Çağlar (publication coordinator),Işıl Ruhi-Sipahioğlu,Burçin Yılmaz, Editor, caleidoscópio – edição e artes gráficas, sa, Lisbon, pp.737-750, 2022

  • Publication Type: Book Chapter / Chapter Research Book
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Publisher: caleidoscópio – edição e artes gráficas, sa
  • City: Lisbon
  • Page Numbers: pp.737-750
  • Editors: Günsu Merin Abbas,Sibel Acar,Selda Bancı,Nur Çağlar (publication coordinator),Işıl Ruhi-Sipahioğlu,Burçin Yılmaz, Editor
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

The knowledge of space formed and enriched by experience consists of concepts such
as “body, scale, proportion, experience, perception, atmosphere, senses, time, memory,
context, light, structure, material, construction, tectonics, spatial relationships”. The
architectural design studio, which provides the students’ perception of space through
these concepts, also aims to create an environment in which experiences are recorded,
shared, and reproduced. The main motivation of the “Architectural Narratives” course
is to continue this approach of architectural studio based on research and learning; I
have been conducting since 2010. The main objective of the course is to understand
architecture as a part of the multi-narrative world and as a series of actions that are
the source and reproduction of many personal and collective narratives in order to
develop individual perspectives in the context of different activities and to experi-
ence different cognitive tools. A studio exercise that I created through Faruk Ulay’s
“Book of Places” stands out among other activities that I aim to enrich the possibil-
ities of narration. Ulay’s book is a powerful narrative that he produces on his own
desert photographs. The book is constructed via three reading routes. The texts de-
scribing thirty-three places are on the left page of the book. On the right, it proceeds
with a photograph of a desert and postscripts that can also be read as an independ-
ent text, can also be regarded as the inside-footnote-mystery / mystery of the text on
the left. This is a study where students randomly select a text from the book and dis-
tribute it to each student individually. New spatialization, which they establish with
what they read and interpret, gives rise to fruitful discussions.