Category Archives: Architecture and Urban Design

Why Building Low-Rise Residential Buildings Is The Way of Nature

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Typically, top levels of apartment units are most expensive, due to high demand. But if we were more in sync with nature, the bottom levels would have been priced higher.

Nature has endowed us with an immutable instinctual “fear of heights”, which is an evolutionary gesture that is hard-wired within us and is meant to protect us from falling. This alone should have made it pretty clear to us that mankind was meant to dwell not too high up in the air. But due to fierce societal competition especially among women, high levels are preferred and valued more in most societies especially in Turkey. People think they are more successful if they live higher than others in apartment buildings. Similar to the comparison of driving a BMW M5, as opposed to a Nissan X-Trailer. This desire to exhibit power to one another has alienated more important natural instincts. Continue reading

The Role of Water in Architecture

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Somehow water always seems to sneak into buildings. It finds a way and gets in. All it needs is less than a mm gap to penetrate the building. Constantly challenging an architectural work’s ability to provide perfect shelter. Not only an architect must beautifully defy gravity but he also has to beautifully deal with the hostility of different properties of matter such as water.

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On The Importance Of Human Anatomy in Architecture

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Before an architecture student makes a single click on auto-cad, he must study the human anatomy first, thoroughly. An architect at a young age should be able to understand the proportions and geometries of God’s divine creation before he attempts to create art himself.

All the arts are connected to each other with thin but strong strings, that are hard to see at first, especially for the common man.

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How to Evaluate Architecture

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A 1684 depiction of Vitruvius presenting De Architectura to Augustus 

In order to evaluate the architectural qualities of a building you must first look carefully at contextual matters such as the bulding and zoning codes, the general budget per square meter of construction in that region, and most importantly the culture’s approach towards the built environment. Continue reading