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Architecture as a witness of the existential relation between man and space always updates its structural and conceptual integrity in accordance with changes in human life. This study aims to provide a new commentary on human’s journey among different spatial dimensions through car that is positioned as a vital cross section in architecture and city platform.

The thesis study consists of 3 main sections of which semantic content broadens out through spatial perception with the intention of examining the reality formed by man and machine In the first section, changing concepts and balances in human life across in the modern process are asserted.

In the second section, connection among architecture, car and city that shelters all vital aspects of man and urban space are discussed. This section intends to scrutinize the ironic structure of new spatial concept that is shaped by the connection between man and car so as to exist; through the man's perceptive integrity and change between urban scale and architectural scale.

In the third section, scale of space integrity existing in accordance with vital unity between man and car is examined with the intention of bringing up the reality that car is a fundamental determinant of architecture. This section aims to introduce the limits of the new thresholds formed in man’s spatial perception by car that resembles an architectural space with its physical and psychological dimensions formed by several human sensations.

PS: Total 85 pages

University : Istanbul Technical University / Faculty of Architecture
Institute : Faculty of Architecture / Institute of Science and Technology
Science Programme : Architecture
Programme: Architectural Design
Supervisor : Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ferhan Yürekli
Degree Awarded and Date: Master of Sciene – June 2003
Science Code: 624.03.01

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This study aims an intellectual and practical experience of theoretical and abstract expansion and studies in this expansion within a multi-discipline professional approach and a collective conscious. Also in addition to these studies, small scaled sketching and modeling practices that embrace annotations from intellectual processes in collage & diagram characteristic are valuable per pro the research; these derivative studies (as an anthology and sampling) focus on a prudential assessment of abstract dimensions of spaces as per modern architecture via human & body interface, car and urban space, mobility notion, dimension and expansion of active and passive body of driver, perception of auto-mobile space and variety on motion plane, vital connection between man and machine and affiliations contextures that form a mobility perspective.

Whilst selecting the thesis’s theme and subject, both has been aimed: the goal of cultivating and conveying the most basic practices and fundamentals of car design profession and the goal of experiencing and stating the prudential intimations of size and variety of researches on this subject and present global comprehensive studies. Even though cars are designed in line with natural, cultural and traditional datum and elements, they are appraised globally and in this sense this research aims to provide the prospect to study several various main topics regarding car and transportation design. Also another criterion considered while selecting the subject is the risk of disappearance faced by all the contemporary differences and distinctive characteristics due to compelling circumstances and restraints on manufacturing and due to apparent gravity of the global culture in accordance with the new economic order. It is also emphasizing the significance of distinctive traditional and national data in this retrospective.

During the study, cultural code concept is cognitively examined within the scope of various scales & data and micro mobility parameters are assessed through cars & vehicles. These allow to cogitate about prospective city framework and its dynamics and to project the phenomenon that shapes the significance of cars which will grow within this city framework. The analysis of human needs that will increase in the future, the fresh clarity of the conclusions claiming that these needs will be more sophisticated with the advancing technology, the variety of user needs and thus the importance of cars’ capacity to be customized in this perspective, the review of the impact of cars’ prospective modern technologies, which will be acquired through expanding interaction of machines with mans and with other transportation vehicles, on urban planning and systems, the examination of an prediction expecting that cars will be appraised as a part of urban networks and patterns. These and all other similar subjects are a key determinant and form the titles of this study. In addition to all these, how new technologies could support ever-developing car industry’s construction of new platforms and structures will be evaluated as another subject title.

While cultural code & coding create a social categorization, they also include an assessment and explanation of specific qualifications and meanings on each category; cars, with their distinctive symbolic, aesthetic and figurative values are the reminiscent illustrations and expressions of this complicated abstract assembly and physical formation. In this sense, throughout the study, cars are assessed as if they are forming a social conscious & memory with design elements and their symbolic interaction in accordance with new dimensions that it to the connection between meanings ad actions of modern life; thus it is examined as a social program that steers cross-cultural communication & posture.

Cars, as an object and as an interface, with their present capability to almost wrap human body as an apparel and with their symbolic and aesthetic significances throughout the last century, is positioned as a part of an alliance of mutual meanings and symbols that form a society’s and a nation’s paradigm; and they develop a practical conscious and an expressionist memory as a cultural code. The study undertakes to experience the fact that the source of a consolidation or a confrontation between different cultures & nations through a life and design strategy could be all these features & functions that cars embrace. Beside this, other disciplines in a more global scale, and common denominators and projections between car and transportation design are evaluated.

The study also intends to provide varying association among architecture, city, man, and cars in its various parts; inter sections between architecture & man and between man & machine on city platform form the key criteria of the basis of this process. City, resembling a living organism with its several key definers, plays a significant role on a thorough assessment of breakpoints of the connection that city and architecture builds with humans. During this study, with the attempt to analyze the path and embracing meanings of cars through their existence in man life, the implication of cars within the setup of city and road (while exploring mobility concept), physical and psychological aspects of the relation between man and machine, the innovations generated by cars in man life are examined in accordance with architectural concepts and industrial design norms.

The study reviews the effect of the relationship between road and car on the experience of man living the city. The continuity of roads within the integral architectural formation of city as if they are continuation of houses’ corridors and their related structures in this sense will lead us to re-examine the important role of car on the relationship between architecture and man. The study focuses on the mutual transformation between city and man in this course, the ways that city forms man life and the novel viewpoints that they bring to man in this formation via their cars. The invitation of cars into city by roads, the sensation of speed as a result of this, the generation speed and freedom by city via roads and relation of all these connections with mans’ psychological aspects form the subtitles of this study.

Examining the relation that architecture (as projection of man life in every sense) forms with cars (which plays an important role in this life setup) another content of the study; this relation emphasizes a substantial design association generated by dimensional proximity developing between architectural design, product design, and car design around common denominator: The man. The question of where architecture actually stands within city leads us to the fact that cars (which take an important place within city in every sense), are also a part of the most fundamental structural existence of architecture which manifest itself in this search via roads and buildings within city space scale; the study proposes to theoretically broaden the limits of architecture in accordance with vital mobility related needs of man and in accordance with relationship that man builds with city; and therefore it aims to a new perspective on the definitons and connotations of modern architecture paradigm.

The approved development of cars in recent years, has been the subject of aesthetic and art professional’s systematic analyses. Our present era has been covered from all quarters by forms, shapes and appearances; in this sense we are aware of the need to find and raise a meaning in every object, to define the differences, outlines and drafts. Our current modern era drives us to make sense of every existing while decoding every object around us; it wouldn’t be wrong to say define this era as the era of extremes and super/ultra abundances, thus it can be said that this need that drives us to formalize congests the panorama of connotations. In this context, the most striking symbolic and aesthetic characters can be observed; “symbolic character” here represents an object’s capacity to create value within connotation synergy in a specific culture; “aesthetic culture” represents perceivable quality, an object’s capacity to revive its main character and sensitive activity, movement and formation. Throughout the study, identifying symbolic characters of car design lays the underlying structure; in this context the attempt is to develop an artistic insight to develop a distinction of aesthetic characters within a unity.

The connection between man and machine forms and eventually acquires spatial characteristics, and this evolution materializes through fraternization of numerous different perception levels and consequently forming an idiosyncratic structure. The diversity of man' perception forming that structure leads to assign various meanings to cars as an object. In our time, while cars exist in a spatial integrity with their physical dimensions, they are also being led to be integrated with the space’s psychological dimensions within this physical existence that is generated by man through their several symbolic characters. Cars, with their interiors of human body proportions, are important for the man who tries to interpret objects of modern life through vital meanings in the name of “existence” and “feeling own presence”; concordantly, this study analyzes how the perception levels that form cars connection with humans on spatial dimension is formed through an integrity as an object, a smbol, an imagery, a sensation, and a meaning.

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