In Fall 2020 the ARCH 201 studios explored the relationship of domestic life and work. The current condition of life as a result of the global condition of Covid-19 made us experience unusual living and working conditions. The boundaries between domestic life and work became blurry, both in terms of time and space. We hope that this condition is temporary. Nonetheless this break in the usual flow of life is an opportunity for self-reflection and questioning the way we think about architecture.

The current conditions made us all question the inherent dichotomies of architecture such as: Inside-outside, natural-cultural, public-private, urban-rural and also some rather contemporary dichotomies such as digital-physical, sustainable-unsustainable or natural-synthetic. All these have been central concepts of architectural discourses of the past centuries. With the current conditions they are once again being widely discussed. This semester we worked on these themes by designing spaces that can facilitate the domestic life of two families and their work life.

The site has been selected as the corner lot at the intersection of Farabi Street and Atatürk Boulevard. The site is also neighboring Seymenler Parkı which is one of the most prominent urban green spaces of the district.Many prestigious small businesses, artists, designers, art galleries, design collectives prefer the district for their operations. Also the district is characterized by the embassy buildings. Embassy services of many countries such as Poland, Romania, Korea, Canada, Serbia, Britain, Pakistan, India, Sweden, and Switzerland are within a walking distance and many other embassies are close-by.


2020 Fall Instructors:Zühre Sü Gül (course coordinator), Ahmet Ünveren, Deniz Üçer Erduran, Ezgi İşbilen, M. Pınar Uz Baki, Yiğit Acar

Teaching Assistants:Ali Haider Adeeb, Ceylin Karakaya, Damla Tarman, Meltem Kumru, Nadide Pinar Oktar, Rozhin Naeemae