On Architectural Design Knowledge: Reflecting upon the Knowledge in Designing

Yılmaz İ.

in: Materiart: Architectural Design, Research and Technology, Günsu Merin Abbas,Sibel Acar,Selda Bancı,Nur Çağlar (publication coordinator),Işıl Ruhi-Sipahioğlu,Burçin Yılmaz, Editor, Caleidoscopio, Lisbon, pp.411-422, 2022

  • Publication Type: Book Chapter / Chapter Vocational Book
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Publisher: Caleidoscopio
  • City: Lisbon
  • Page Numbers: pp.411-422
  • Editors: Günsu Merin Abbas,Sibel Acar,Selda Bancı,Nur Çağlar (publication coordinator),Işıl Ruhi-Sipahioğlu,Burçin Yılmaz, Editor
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


Some discussions on architectural knowledge question whether architecture is a discipline or not and what its frontiers are. Accordingly how architectural knowledge is produced and what constitutes its basis are handled with regard to architecture's theory and practice and its relations with other disciplines. In this context, design is one of the significant subjects of discussion in respect of the production of architectural knowledge, as it allows both the theoretical and practical fields of architecture to be engaged and complex relations to be built with different disciplines. In this perspective, this paper proposes rethinking on architectural design knowledge. It addresses "knowledge in designing" as a conceptualization to define a specialized field of discussion regarding the complex structure of knowledge formed within the activity of designing. Concerning this conceptualization, the interrelations between the formation and communication of knowledge in the activity of designing is examined. To hold such an examination in terms of the unpredictable, intricated relationships between thinking and doing, a perspective is opened in the framework of the experimentality of designing. With this regard, the content created by Gilles Deleuze regarding experimentalism in context of his philosophy of creation is used to create an understanding of the structural characteristics and transmission potential of the" knowledge in designing". In the light of this understanding, going beyond the epistemological or the doxological frameworks of knowledge, the validity of the "knowledge in designing" is discussed based on basis of its own dynamics of genesis.