Weekly Press Release of Istanbul Gelisim University (March 22-26, 2021)
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BY A DOYEN - On Society, Architecture and Education With a general view, architecture seems to be a field in which our daily life passes and therefore everybody speaks about or acts. However, it may be misleading to see an occupation based on thousands of years in narrow patterns. In the intellectual plan, the product of architecture emerges by combining the concrete (mass-fullness) and the abstract (space-emptiness). In a broader sense, it is created by combining tactile and non-tactile elements. This act of creating, form-gaining, is the design-shape activity, which is a subjective process. Achieving reality or becoming definite, which the mystics call the creed-manifestation, ends with the sharing of the idea, that is, its externalization. The series of activities briefly described here actually carries interactive features. In other words, it continues until the optimal or most satisfactory solution including other factors is found - including the production process. Design is an issue of intellectual property due to its subjective nature. However, it is also true that given the quantity and complexity of the products it is never a solitary effort; It requires cooperation between specialties. It has been like this throughout the ages. Societies have changed and developed. Knowledge and expertise areas have changed and developed. Needs have changed and developed. Tools and equipment have changed and improved. But the core of the matter has always remained. The combination of these elements in the historical process has developed based on the materials and technology of the time. In this process, the memory and values of the society, hence its tastes, settle and form an important part of the culture of that period. Culture is not easy to transform and change, it is slow. However, the revolutionary changes occurring in the basic modes of production have affected this phenomenon, and still do.
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