Faculty Search | Volkan Alkanoglu

| February 22nd, 2013

 

Could you explain to us the difference between ‘projecting’ and ‘lofting?’

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Faculty Search | Susannah Drake

| February 21st, 2013

Before I begin to speak to Susannah Drake’s excellent qualifications and skills that she might bring to the table as a Professor of Urban Design, let us ask: who cares?

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Page One | Threshold

| February 1st, 2013

The final semester represents a shift, a prequel to the transitory, inevitable jump to ‘the real world.’ A chance to look back and look forward. On my education and the field as a whole.

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Page One | Aggregation

| January 31st, 2013

There is something inherently beautiful in observing traces of creation.  But where does the mortal, human designer fit into this grander scheme?

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Page One | ‘Old School’ Talk

| January 31st, 2013

 

Brick wall of China Academy of Art Xiang Shan Campus

The Chinese architectural ‘Old School’ started before any school of architecture was physically built. It is not only an architectural pedagogy, but also a method to sustain buildings.

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Page One | Preservation

| January 31st, 2013

 

‘All Preservation is in the Present seeking to respond to the Past into the Future.’

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Page One | Heterotopia

| January 31st, 2013


Cemetery.

Brothel.

19th c. Boarding School. //


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The Boolean City

| January 22nd, 2013

Which came first, the city or the street? Mass or void? Where did the form of Paris come from? This is not a city of buildings set in a grid, but a canyon city of built walls. The figure is the space, the ground what is built.  //


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A Conversation With Volkan Alkanoglu

| November 20th, 2012

Volkan Alkanoglu joined the architecture faculty this year as TVSDesign distinguished  critic in the College of Architecture. Alkanoglu currently teaches Core II architecture graduate students and a course titled, “Infamous Lines.” In both settings Alkanoglu emphasizes the power of well crafted drawings to communicate ideas and expand the imagination.

Alkanoglu is also a faculty member in the design and visual studies department at SCI-Arc and is the principal and founder of Volkan Alkanoglu | DESIGN LLC.

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De la passion française face à la raison américaine

| November 13th, 2012

I have always been melancholic for this time I haven’t known in which the great masters of architecture had only rarely been trained in architecture studies : silversmith, carpenter, stone cutter… Architecture at that time was not about practice or discipline, but about the transmission about almost what was an artisan’s knowledge.

I had always thought that in Paris, since architecture studies had left the beaux arts, and then had been unfortunately forced into the undergraduate/graduate (licence/master in french, that is only 5 years) system, we had lost the passion and the ardor, that pushed to come not only students that hesitated with law school but came here because it sounded fun, but the Vocation with capital V.

My experience as an exchange architecture student for a year at Georgia Tech made me moderate my judgment a little bit. //


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Fear and Phenomenology

| November 1st, 2012


With Halloween rapidly approaching and nary a candy corn in sight here, my mind turns to nostalgic Halloweens and the Haunted Houses I used to visit and help with. Although I always enjoyed my parts in the Haunted Houses, being Crazed Gorilla in a Cage #1 or even Mad Scientist # 2 (and one year Chainsaw Maniac # 4!), looking back the houses/mazes themselves were not too interesting architecturally . The fear and terrifying aspects were merely ornamentation applied to a dull arrangement of walls – the decorated shed of horror as it were. Severed limbs, gallons of blood, and enough fake spider webs to house every eight-legged creature in this hemisphere are the Doric columns and gildings of the season. An interesting question then is what would be an architectural horror?

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the curiosities of a place meant to be broken

| October 31st, 2012



Cleanliness is a fairly well accepted ideal in a domestic space.  After all, few of us strive to exist in filth.  However, there are a few domestic places that, while not exactly striving for foulness, seem to find themselves in the midst of it all too often. //


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Congratulations Georgia Tech Students and (Recent) Alumni!

| October 26th, 2012

 

 

Land Art Generator Initiative

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In What Style Should We Build? [For Charity?]

| October 22nd, 2012

 

“Is the Iconic relevant to Rural Alabama?”

The Rural Studio at Auburn University tasks itself with bettering the community around Greensboro, Alabama while teaching Architecture students design and construction. //


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the New Fountainhead

| October 22nd, 2012

Urban fabric is a delightful term.  It rolls over your tongue, evoking flavors and textures of a well-worn quilt or exotic meal.  It accounts for tears and tatters, bitterness and bite.  It does a city justice as the medley of conditions it is forced to meet.  In the words of Vitruvius, it has firmness and utility, and, thus, delight.  Urban fabric has a beauty to it.  The strongest form of built-up beauty possible, taking decades, centuries, even millennia to weave the old and new into an ever-shifting blanket of landscape.  As architects, we’re taught to appreciate the juxtapositions and quirks of spaces and places.  Cities are not perfection, but they are historians, authors, artists, and philosophers- constant generators of change.

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