A research on the continuity of the original settlements: A case study on Kemaliye/Erzincan

Emre Torbaoğlu, Yüksel Demir

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One of the most important reasons of settlements looking like each other, despite the differences of their geographies and cultures, is the cultural disengagement due to the uniformity of socio-cultural stratification. This simultaneously creates negative impacts on many original settlements. Consequently; today, we need design approaches, aiming to provide solutions for the disconnection of people and spaces to help continue the architectural and urban characteristics of original settlements while they are in a process of development. This study handles such approaches in line with the “critical regionalism” concept of Frampton. A theoretical basis is formed over Giancarlo De Carlo and his architectural approach in Urbino can be assessed within the framework of critical regionalism. Over this theoretical basis, Kemaliye, chosen as the study location, is evaluated in terms of continuity, in light of data based on field practices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-56
Number of pages14
JournalA|Z ITU Journal of Faculty of Architecture
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016

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  • Critical regionalism
  • Cultural continuity
  • Kemaliye
  • Local data
  • Vernacular architecture


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