TRANS_ARCH_EDU began today with welcoming words from Dean Prof. Dr. Ender Bulgun Yazgan and Asst. Prof. Dr. Bahar Durmaz Drinkwater. Both celebrated the 10th anniversary of the founding of the department of architecture.  


Panel_01,  moderated by Asst. Prof. Dr. Güzden Varinlioğlu,  began with e presentation by Prof. Dr. Gülsüm Baydar. Professor Baydar traced the development of the complex relationship between criticism, meaning, and architecture since the 1980s, concluding with the assertion that Architecture—despite its changing technological, cultural, or political contexts that temper its production—remains a primarily social endeavor.


Gudjon Erlendsson followed Dr. Baydar with a synopsis of systems theory’s integration into architectural design through parametric design tools, building information modeling, and algorithmic problematization. He sees these developments as a serious challenge to the shortcomings of Modernist ideology and a new paradigm for both architectural production and education.


Dr. Sema Alaçam followed up with a presentation outlining the relationships between “haptic experiences” and the environment. She criticized typical digital interactions for their limited sensory engagement by emphasizing the role of “body schema” in perception. This presumed lack leads to experiments in interaction design and spatial analysis, which emphasize the influence of the body on thinking and illustrate how gesture plays a crucial role in communicating spatial ideas.


Finally Marc Grellart presented a wife sampling of recent work in the area of virtual reconstruction of significant sites, their context, and construction methods. He asserted the impact of these techniques, not only to improve access to sites and to visualize them as fully reconstructed, but also to engage deeper cultural issues in terms of how these monuments produce meaning. With virtual reconstruction, a new range of architectural study becomes possible as researchers can study variations, phases of building, create simulations, engage an audienc

After these thought-provoking presentations a lively and stimulating debate ensued. Topics discussed included:

  • the relationship of education and practice
  • Modernism and its ideological underpinnings
  • The production of meaning in architecture and its abandonment in favor of technique.