Tracking continuities between the modern and vernacular architecture: Courtyard in the west mediterranean architecture as a case study

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Architecture, Turkey

Approval Date: 2015




The main aim of this thesis is to search for the possible continuities of a particular spatial organization in the West Mediterranean culture, where the presence of modern and vernacular architecture will be shown to be affecting and integrating into each other. In the first chapter, the structure of the thesis is built upon the term Mediterraneanism. The general background of the region is also given with significant references to two publications; Fernand Braudel’s The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II and Horden & Purcell’s The Corrupting Sea. Moreover, a general view of the voyage to the Mediterranean in history is briefly drawn to base my personal travel to the West Mediterranean countries. The second chapter of the thesis continues with the research built upon a more ethnographic study related with the voyage and its reflections. The main intent is to perceive the culture in a deeper sense and to reveal how it is connected with the vernacular architecture. In the third chapter, the thesis study tries to transcend the limits of vernacular and trace a continual spatiality in the modern examples of architecture with four case studies from France, Italy, Morocco and Tunisia.