I am aware that the understanding of “architecture” is getting more and more difficult in the face of growing scales, crowded cities and changing climate. I believe that architecture can give people not only happiness but also dreams of possible worlds. For this reason, I emphasize a dynamic architectural understanding with an interdisciplinary approach in my architectural designs. Undoubtedly, the basis of this dynamic understanding is coming from these ancient lands where I live.
There are concepts that I worry about; like timelessness, slowness and sustainability. I have derivatives; Like ambitious extinction.
I think that an architectural understanding that excludes the integrity of life and memory will disappear among the wheels of time. Distorted urbanization, which is the result of a design process detached from cultural memory, turns into Kronos, who eats its children. That’s why in Wim Wenders’ unforgettable movie “The Sky Over Berlin”, the question asked by the trapeze woman in her inner speech echoes in my mind: “But what if time itself is a disease?”
The timelessness is undoubtedly evident in slowness. The speed that the current world order is forcing us all increases our problems like an avalanche. What we have left behind with the loss of memory created by the upbringing and upbringing is not a cultural heritage, but poor quality cities. We notice but we cannot resist. In the face of these poor quality cities we have created, we are getting faster as if we want to escape from it. Like Klee’s Angelus Novus, we are driven by this storm, with our backs to the future and our faces to the ruins of the past. Milan Kundera describes this mood in the novel Slowness:
“… The level of slowness is directly proportional to the intensity of the moment; the level of speed is directly proportional to the intensity of forgetting. There is a hidden relationship between slowness and remembering, speed and forgetting. Anyone who wants to remember something slows down their walk. On the other hand, the person who tries to forget a bad event he just experienced accelerates his walk without his help … ”
So I aim for my designs to slow down this dizzying pace imposed on us.
In architecture, apart from all these philosophical inquiries, there are other questions to be asked when starting out. These are questions, such as the facade of the building, shadow and light balances, the needs of the user, the main program of the building, and which are more relevant to the craft part of the work and enable us to continue our existence in the market. However, in the face of current problems such as bio-climatic changes and global warming, new questions should be added to these questions within the framework of sustainability. It is a visible problem that today’s increasing urban population and consequently increasing demand for housing negatively affect the relationship between human and nature. Considering that almost half of the world’s natural resources are used by the construction industry, it is obvious that the understanding of sustainable architecture is not a marginal idea but a need, against the emerging picture. However, I think it should not be forgotten that this need is not free from the consumption criticism it points to.
All these concepts that I worry about are under the shadow of the singularity idea that every architect seeks. When considered in the relationship of architecture with topography today, singularity turns into a problematic concept. In order not to impose its own dogma on natural formation, with a flexible, productive and changeable understanding of geometry, the work seems to choose to disappear. In an interview he conducted on architecture and philosophy, Baudrillard points out that architectural work should dominate disappearance as well as emergence. Perhaps the singularity emerges at this very edge. At the border of being and extinction. After all, isn’t art also a border violation?