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2019, vol. 11, iss. 2, pp. 227-234
Buildings speak to us
Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey
Starting with a critical view of the general architectural and urban structures of today my paper will present buildings comparable to the body, thus their expression and the meanings they invoke will be presented as a language of form that affect the behavior and psychology of urban residents. Referring to the architectural criticisms of George Bataille, it is argued that the physicality of buildings are valuable insofar as they transcend materiality and lead to symbols and spirituality. Buildings are viewed as presenting different characteristics and attitudes depending on their form. Architecture is also viewed as the product of labour and thus a communal creation that has its roots in the origins of human culture. Each different institution has evolved historically from different senses becoming cultural articulations and resulting in architectures that connect people in enjoyment of shared interests. It is further argued that urban and spatial forms that are confusing as to their boundaries and appertainance can cause confusion and negative reactions. Thus it is important that urban forms' language is positive and clear.
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article language: English
document type: Short Communication
DOI: 10.5937/SAJ1902227E
received: 01/03/2019
accepted: 01/07/2019
published in SCIndeks: 23/07/2021

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