Observing Traditional Architecture As a Visual Text

Metin Basat E.

MILLI FOLKLOR, no.104, pp.138-150, 2014 (AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Journal Name: MILLI FOLKLOR
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.138-150
  • Gazi University Affiliated: No


At present, 'sense of sight' has much shorter and impressive transfer ability compared to 'reading' and 'writing'. This effectiveness stems from the fact that it offers a lot of data rapidly and also at the same time."The person observing" is provided with considerable amount of information regarding the life styles and experiences by "the object observed", which is quite important. Therefore, the existence of visual texts in cultural studies are as important as that of the written and oral texts. In this paper the traditional architecture is studied as visual text. Due to their visible properties and the fact that they are organized according to their social structure context, the traditional buildings have become the common interest of both architecture and folklore disciplines. Considering this common ground, in this paper, the examples of traditional architecture are examined as visual text through visual folklore. The examples were taken from the work titled Living Traditional Architecture at the Turkey in 2003 edited by M. Ocal Oguz, Ezgi Metin and Fatih Mormenekse due to the fact that architectural examples examined in the text were the structures recently compiled and that it examined architectural examples from almost all the regions of Turkey. The traditional buildings, without the need for written or spoken texts like in other visual texts, transfer plenty of information about the way of life of the period they existed. This information also provides different perspectives to researchers so that the cultural heritage can be safeguarded and redesigned in agreement with the modern times.