A Study on Developing Future Scenarios in Architectural Design

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Özkan Üstün G., Işıklar Bengi S.

Periodica Polytechnica Architecture, vol.52, no.1, pp.75-84, 2021 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 52 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.3311/ppar.14965
  • Journal Name: Periodica Polytechnica Architecture
  • Journal Indexes: Academic Search Premier, ICONDA Bibliographic, Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Page Numbers: pp.75-84
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


The 21st century is known for globalisation and rapid transformations in technology. These transformations also affect architecture and the urban environment. Developing projections for the future of architecture is becoming more critical in this era, where the opportunities to adapt to rapid transformations are scarce. This study investigates how to develop future perspectives for the  21st century. Utopian speculations in the historical process and the 20th century's Futurism movement were examined in this regard. A collective and multi-future methodology has been developed as a unique approach. In this paper, a multifuture experimental study was conducted as a daily workshop. In the workshop, seven architecture students from various universities and different architectural education years studied possible future scenarios for Beşiktaş Fish Market. Students were tasked to produce designs in compliance with the chronological timeline of the future for the possible transformation of the Beşiktaş Fish Market. The market, designed by Gökhan Avcıoğlu and GAD in 2009, was accorded the 2012 International Architecture Award and 2014 Archmarathon Crowd. In light of the outcome products obtained from the workshop, it can be stated that a multi-future way of thinking and collective production contributes to imaginative free play in the architectural design process and is a proposal to architecture as a possible preparation for the future.