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lundi December 30th 2013

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The 'modern' city
... from the foundation of the Republic, one of the seemingly dominant constructs about the built environment in Ankara has been the vision of a 'modern' city that has been attempting to take its part in the western world. Hence, for example, the first tourist guide of the city, which was written by Ernest Mamboury and published in early Republican years, introduces the changes that the Republic has brought about in a celebratory tone, stating that, 'with the application of the plan of Jansen, who is a master of modern urbanism, Ankara will no more have anything to envy at European capital cities'. pp.156
Space, time, and architectural history
... the more interesting questions about architecture and its history are being posed by historians exploring problems and not styles: issues such as the nature of public space, the construction of nationalism and regional identity, changing conceptions of domesticity, the experiential history of architecture , and the broad problem of representation with all that entails about understanding relationships between the viewer, the viewed, and the view-maker. The focus is on the work that architecture does within culture and society.
... Architectural history has come to examine the historical circumstances that produce meaning and the social and cultural processes that continue to generate meaning in a site.
... In 1957 Bruno Zevi wrote: 'space is the protagonist of architecture'. The birth of architectual history as field of inquiry occurred simultaneously with the discovery of space as an analytical term in the work of August Schmarsow and others. pp. 173
... the characteristic visual nature of each art form, but more relevantly is related to the nineteenth-century German project of understanding how the mind comprehends space- the psychological approach to the experience of vision that leads to August Schmarsow's theory of architecture as a spatial creation, the first full articulation of a theory identifying architecture as the shaping of space. pp.173-174
... 'a predilection for the vital space over the silent form, the space whose contours are shaped by the demands of human life'. For Zevi, 'the specific property of architecture- the feature distinguishing it from all other forms of art- consists in its working with a three-dimensional vocabulary which includes man .... Architecture', he writes, 'is like a great hollowed -out (oyulmak) sculpture which man enters and apprehends by moving about within it '. Space, internal and external, must be experienced through dynamic motion of the body; it can only be grasped through one's own movement through it. pp.174
... Both Giedion and Zevi envisioned an architectural history that would place space at its center, but neither was able to explain the motor of change from one space conception to the next and neither created a narrative model that acknowleged the 'factors' each recognized as intrinsic to architectural development: the economic conditions, patronage, life styles, and class relations. Their basic model remained one of reflection and expression: architecture is the reflection of the age, the expression of the space conception. In this historiography space is passively shaped. pp. 174
Rethinking Architectural Historiography