The Housing Grammar of Mardin: New Housing Settlements

This application oriented project aims to develop interdisciplinary collaborative work environment among the actors of the AEC industry of Turkey and research institutions, primarily universities.

Mass production in construction industry is used in housing projects where by using repetitive units the cost of the construction is reduced. The first customization movement in mass production of housing goes back to 1930 s. However, due to the high cost of building and inadequate technology customized housing projects could not be built at that time.

One of the aims of this project is to develop systems that will integrate new design methods with building construction techniques especially with (prefabricated construction) allowing the user to customize house that he or she is going to buy.

In this study, new housing typologies, derived from the traditional Mardin housing grammar, are sought in the new development areas of the city.

All the student design projects given below are developed on the basis of graduate thesis work “ Gelenekselden Türeyen Çağdaş Mardin Konut Yerleşimi" written by Hakan Ozbek and Ph.D thesis “Mardin Şehir Dokusu ve Evler” prepared by Prof. Dr. Fusun Alioglu.

The students used house prototypes analyzed and developed in these studies as the starting point for their designs.

Assist. Prof. Birgül Çolakoğlu

Togay Özkaraduman: In this project three prototypes are used to develop new house types for Mardin. The new house types include some of the basic spatial relations of the traditional Mardin house. By combining these new types, possible housing settlements are explored.

Belinda Torus - Prrocess (link)

In this project computerized generations of new house types are developed. These new types are adjusted according to general morphology of Mardin, and possible housing settlements are explored. Process (link)

Meryem Tarım

In this project by transforming one prototype new house typologies are generated.

Şule Topçuoğlu

In this project one prototype from H. Ozbek s work is transformed. And “Abbara” (special passageways) are explored in new designs.


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