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A Trip To Kayaköy

“Kayaköy, anciently known as Lebessos and Lebessus (Ancient Greek: Λεβέσσος) and later as Livissi (Greek: Λειβίσσι) is a village 8 km south of Fethiye in southwestern Turkey. In ancient times it was a city of Lycia, Later, Anatolian Greeks lived there until approximately 1922. The ghost town, now preserved as a museum village, consists of hundreds of rundown but still mostly standing Greek-style houses and churches which cover a small mountainside and serve as a stopping place for tourists visiting Fethiye and nearby Ölüdeniz.

Its population in 1900 was about 2,000, almost all Greek Christians; however, it is now empty except for tour groups and roadside vendors selling handmade goods. However, there is a selection of houses which have been restored, and are currently occupied.”

(More details on: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kayak%C3%B6y)

We had this amazing little trip on a rainy weekend with “TEDU ARCHITECTURE” first and second year students and our teachers. As cited above, this abondoned village is stuated near sea but on a mountain. We had to walk and in some occasions, climb. But the view on the top worths all the effort to get there. The clean fresh air and all the nature really amazed me. Despite the bad weather and the difficult roads, I tried to explore as much as I could. We found a lot of sea shells in Kayaköy and that really make me smile!

 Above all the things, we were taken there to have a study. We were given a simple map of Kayaköy and some papers. We observed the field according to different factors which also affect the experience of space: light, enclosure, shadow, visibility, horizon, form, continuity, texture, color and so forth. For example, the positioning of houses varies according to the slope of the field. This also affects the density of houses, the flora, the temperature etc. Our duty is to discover these factors and their relations to each other. We were asked to create a multi-layered map according to our observations and interpretations.

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The instance

The Instance is basically a 3D representation of the diagram interpretations of Alice. The analyses of diverse spatial relations tried to be expressed in a new medium. We were given some operations which can be applied to paper: bending, folding and cutting. All these operations gave different characteristics to spaces and made them richer. So, we have to set up some set of rules which will organise the whole model.

In my instance model I especially focus on how to interrelate the parts which have the same characteristics. According to my interpretations, the variations of spaces will be rearranged in model in order to create transition along spaces.

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The Text: Alice In Wonderland

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“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?”
Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

This is the first assignment of the second semester given to us the minute we walk in the studio. Architects don’t waste time! 😀 Actually, this is rather an activity than an assignment because we were asked to read “Alice in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass” by Lewis Caroll.

After reading the full text of one my my favorite childhood story, we were supposed to draw a diagram according to the some scenes we had chosen. We interpreted the these scenes according to some principles and according to experience of space. Our interptations created a rich context in the diagram and we also discovered new qualities of spaces while forming diagrams.

My diagram has analysed the scenes according to the experience of time and how the interrelations between the characters in the book affect the same experiences.

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Second Semester!

Well, hello everyone! We have just started our second semerter of freshman year. That means we are one step closer to become a super cool architect 😀 The sleepless days will begin soon, I think. We were so tired and overwhelmed at the end of last semerter but after a one month break we are ready to make a fresh start! As soon as we came to school, the first assigment has already being prepared to us to struggle with it. 😀

We will have our courses in a more architectural way ( I mean, we had known the basics of design -at least, our teachers think we have that knowledge). Briefly, this semester will be also interesting and most propably more difficult than the last one, unfortunately. However, the summer is coming at the end of this semester and the small thought about summer makes me feel like this semester will past fast and successively. ♥

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