Systems Oriented Architecture

Jul 2018 | AHO Course Updates

 A SOD workshop with architecture students from the Fatih Sultan Mehmet University in Istanbul, Faculty of Architecture and Design was held at AHO the first to fifth July 2018. The workshop was joined by 22 students and two staff from the university. The group was lead by Dr. Firat Hassan Diker and Research assistant Burcu Nimet Dumlu. The workshop was held by Professor Birger Sevaldson.

The workshop 

The workshop was for training students in a systems oriented approach to architecture. This implies that they investigated and mapped out many aspects of the given case. The aspects ideally include all technological cultural and design approaches but expand to the use of the facilities both by the inhabitants but also how this affects the bigger community and how the community might be involved and included. A systemic approach to architectural design cares for the overall ecology of the project, both sustainability and social issues. The architecture would negotiate between contradictions and mediate different needs. It would also investigate how an intervention could change and adapt over time.

The case:

The task was to design an intervention in the area of Şişhane in Istanbul that helps to introduce a program to the area of integration between tourism and the traditional crafts and trades in the area. The intervention should be multi-functional creating services and ownership for many users, inhabitants, visitors and businesses.

The students were using Gigamapping and other SOD techniques, and presented a concept for an intervention at the end of day five.