Part of my lexicon

The Portfolio of Villard de Honnecourt Key word: Windows

Communication is an important tool used by each living creature, as well as the architects, in our daily life. Thus, to have a good communication, the architects are in a need of technical architectural vocabulary, and as it is stated in The Portfolio of Villard de Honnecourt, the technical words will change and be replaced with the new ones, once architecture alters. The term window will be a good example: fenestre, forme and veriere, even they all have similar functions, because the openings go through a change, there name also changes. Briefly from the book, fenestre is seen in Laon Toweras “opening” or “hole in the wall”. Around 1150’s because stained glass become popular in art, Villard started using veriere rather than fenestre and forme was used to express nave of Reims.  Even some architects do not agree with Villard and Villard was not consistent every time when making the right vocabulary choice, technical word help architects to specify architectural elements and most of the time improve communication.

Villard de Honnecourt, “What’s in a Name?; Villard’s ‘Preface’; Villard’s Technical Vocabulary; Survival of the Portfolio,” The Portfolio of Villard de Honnecourt, ed. Carl F. Barnes, Aldershot and Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2007, pp. 1-2, 10, 16-19, 22-26.


Four Books on Architecture by Andrea Palladio Key word:provision of the material before construction

In Four Books on Architecture, Palladio considers what architects must focus on plans and elevations through the process of building, from very beginning of the construction to the very end: durability, beauty and usefulness. As stated in the book, members must calculate the entire cost, make provision of the money and also prepare each material needed before the construction to have the most beautiful, durable and useful end product. So if there is nothing missing in all the preparations done before hand, then the end product will be as best as possiable. In the building process, the best craftsmen will use the best material for each process, for instance as mentioned in the book, before constructing a wood ceiling a specific amount of timber must be ordered and that quantity should be estimated beforehand by assumingthat there will be a space as wide as a beam and a half of it. One more similar example, stone, the jambs of the doors and windows do not require pieces thicker than one fifth of the width of the opening nor less than one sixth. So, which material will the craftsmen use when constructing and the amount of it must be estimated and calculated beforehand to have a smooth process.

Andrea Palladio, “Dedication; Foreword to the First Book on Architecture,” The Four Books on Architecture, trans. Robert Tavernor and Richard Schofield, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2002, 3, 5-6.



Well, today I am going to tell something I have never mentioned before. This term I am taking a class called Books of Architecture, something I thought it would be hard to follow because I don’t have a big interest towards books, and actually it became a problem at some point. However, since we are coming to end of the term, I have started to gather my own Lexicon which excites me a lot. The small dictionary will contain the word from the reading, and actually since this is going to a visual and also hold-able material which one would open and read, what it would look like becomes important.

I am still not sure about the material I am gonna use, but I was very inspired from the blog of Lebbeus Wood: . I also found himself using such a platform to publish his works, opinions and thought very interesting. If you check the link I gave above, you will realise that he ends his each post with the letter of his first and surname in capital. So, I am going to refer to his blog and finish my explanation of each word with the first letter of my name and surname. On top of this, I am planing to gather my bibliography on another booklet and attach that to the lexicon.

Just let’s keep in touch to see the process. I will post the words in few day. 🙂

The Report of First Two Pre-Juries

We’ve been working very hard on this project, and evry member in my team is giving a great effort to improve the desing. So, this post will be good one to see the process on the project. I am not sure how much I have informed you about the analyses done related with the site, though let me slowly start introducing you the design we are working on. (more…)

Biennial for Young Art


Starting from this friday, there was an event in Cermodern to discuss whether there should be a biennial in the future in Ankara and, if there will be one, then how should it be was the other discussion topic. It also was a great opportunity for me, because I had a chance to talk with the Ceo of Cermodern Helün Fırat and the artist of the opening exhibition of the event.

So, if you ask my opinion about having an Ankara Biennial in the future, I am looking forward for it, however I have doubts about it. In the simplest way, since there are lots of differences in between Ankara and İstanbul, both humanly factors and infrastructural factors, I believe that we should adopt and change it. The forums I’ve been today, wasn’t enough to give very sharp discussions,  so I think there will be further discussion platforms about this topic.

Since I am just a third year arch student, I do not want to say “This must be done this way.”  or such comments, so I will hold my thought till the next forums, but I need to say that I have lots to talk and discuss, I believe that Ankara needs something similar to an biennail.

So from the begiging of the term, I was always very busy and I realy had time concern.  I am  very sorry for the late posts. To sumup very quickly, last week I was in İstanbul for the Ozumun, I will probably give more details about this topic on one other my post. Other than my İstanbul trip, that week we also had our first pre jury. Well, we thoguht that it was horrible, thus the result suprised us a bit.