Printed Books

Cengizkan, A. (2004). Mübadele Konut ve Yerleşimleri. Ankara: Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi & Arkadaş

(TEDU Library: NA, 1368, .C46)

The author presents the inside story of the 1923 Turkish – Greek population exchange where the two nations traded the people to each other’s land regarding their nations. How the destruction of the war, the domestic migration and the population exchange brought forth to the problem of housing of these people is explained in this books with well researched examples on the idea of housing.  Examples such as the twin houses seen in village of Manisa Çobanisa shows how people had live in designated houses and the “iktisadi evler” consisted of four housing units with two rooms each under a single roof which can be arranged according to the territories of different villages.

Crafti, S. (2015). Architects’ Houses: Twenty Australian Homes. Sydney: Murdoch Books

(TEDU Library: NA, 7469, .C73)

The book features the elaborately explained and photographed houses of twenty famous Australian architects which they have designed for themselves. For the preface, it is explained that the concept of house differed greatly in terms of need, pleasure and experiment from architect to another. We see many examples of “house”s and how they are made. The one that striked me the most was the “A bush warehouse” by John Henry where the initial state of the house was a warehouse, which then later was transformed into a house where people could live properly.

Güzer, C. A. (2002). Konut Üzerine De(ne)meler. Ankara: Mimarlar Derneği 1927

(TEDU Library: NA, 7394, .G89)

The author shares the concept of housing through personal and professional experiences. At one point Güzer even mentions the proposal for a future house for his son Ekin from Ekin’s childhood drawings while the architectural technicalities interfere. Güzer also shows the details of his own house in Ankara and explains the reasons for his decisions in the making. The book also has many sketches, drawings, plans, sections and photographs for a clear architectural understanding.

Marcus, G. H., & Whitaker, W. (2013). The Houses of Louis Kahn. New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press

(TEDU Library: NA, 737, .K32)

From personal interviews to archives and Khan’s own writings, this book lays in front of us the inner world of Louis Khan and how his ideas developed to become the most remarkable expressions of the American house. The exclusive demonstrations of design processes of varied houses offer the insight of how his mind works. From examining this book one can obtain different ideas of housing. With many photographs of houses from different angles one could grasp the concept of how these houses are constructed.

McLeod, V. (2010). Çağdaş Konut Mimarisinden Detaylar. İstanbul: YEM

(TEDU Library: NA, 2840, .M35)

The introduction part of the book very wells explains the need of a house considering its historic roots and structural details. Also, the emphasis of how cultural effects shape the ideology of a house and how they are constructed are briefly mentioned. The further part of the book demonstrates the structural and technical details which are very essential elements for the construction. The relation of the design of the modern house and its sensibility towards the environment is seen as an important feature according to the book. We see the examples of houses in terms of the terminologies, plans and scale.


Garland, A. (2015). Ex Machina. United Kingdom & United States: Film4 & DNA Films

The science-fiction movie features the remote hideout of tech billionaire in his modernist house in the nature which has exclusive with high tech configuration. From outside the house looks like intersected boxes, and the simplicity of the outline is seen within the interior of the house through the operation of artificial intelligence. The house accepts commands from voices and the doors are entered through digital cards. The privacy is a big part of the billionaire’s personality and we see this characteristic throughout the house as well. The multi – layered house has a gym, operation rooms, bedrooms, living room, kitchen and several distinctive rooms. However, within this complexity and privacy we see that some of the façades are glass, which is a contradicting feature which we come across the movie so many times. The house is designed for the billionaire for his needs, therefore he is the only to know all of the hidden features of the house.

Hughes, J. (1986). Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. United States: Paramount Pictures

The movie revolves around Ferris Bueller, a high school teenager, and two of his friends where they skip school for a day, wander around the city and have fun. In the beginning of the movie, we see Ferris picking up his friend Cameron from his house in the woods. The modernist house is designed by the architects A. James Speyer and David Haid. The façade of the house is transparent glass from ceiling to floor with wooden slabs, depicting a very strong visual relation within the outdoors. The glass pavilion consists of a single floor with only one room. Inside the glass pavillion garage, kitchen, living area, bedroom are all in one space, which is oddly enough for a high school teenager to embrace the pavilion in the woods as a house.

Academic Papers

Thomsen, J., & Tjora, A. (2006). Changeable Space as Temporary Home: A Qualitative Exploration of Life in an Experimental Student House. Nordic Journal of Architectural Research, 19(3).

This Nordic academic paper focuses on the study of living experiences in a time-based and experimental student house, “TreStykker”, that was designed and then subsequently constructed in Trondheim, Norway, during a student workshop in the summer of 2005. The paper generally revolves around the topics of student housing, temporary housing, experimental house, flexibility and lifestyle with the examples of photos and plans.

Sartipipour, M. (2012). Rural Housing in Iran: Past, Present, and Future, Architecture Research, 2(1).

The research was conducted using a descriptive-analytical method based on data from 2003 sampling of the Rural Housing in Iran, library studies, and historical documents. The main concepts are rural housing, housing needs, regional approach and Iran’s villages. The paper gives a rich documentation of rural housing as seen in the villages of Iran comparing the past and today’s conditions, a rather different approach of insight comparing the deserted areas of interest.