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2015, vol. 7, iss. 1, pp. 75-84
Form and meaning in architectural theory
İzmir University, Izmir, Turkey
Keywords: architecture; sinan (ottoman architect); form; meaning; structure; bodily relations
Often architectural theory has been articulated on prescriptive views about what architecture should be, rather than on views formulated from historical experiences and examples of architecture. In this paper I will try to offer readings of architectural form by looking at a historical example from classical Ottoman architecture and at contemporary examples, to show how different architectures treat form. In examples taken from Sinan's architecture, symbols are investigated in relation to movement, to urban settlement, to religion and power. It is hoped that this analysis will offer an understanding of how the significance of architecture in human experience and in the urban context goes beyond structure and function.
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Habermas, J. (1973) La technique et la science comme 'idéologie'. Paris: Gallimard, Trans. and with a preface by Ladmiral Jean-René
Hollier, D. (1992) Against Architecture:The writings of Georges Bataille. Cambridge: MIT Press, Trans. Wing Betsy
Salingaros, N.A. (2010) Twelve lectures on architecture, algorithmic sustainable design. Nikos A Salingaros


article language: English
document type: Original Scientific Paper
DOI: 10.5937/SAJ1501075E
accepted: 16/03/2015
published in SCIndeks: 10/07/2021

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