Authors: Nevnihal Erdogan, Izzet Yüksek

Traditional Window Designs of Kirklareli, Turkey

eBook: US $79 Special Offer (PDF + Printed Copy): US $158
Printed Copy: US $119
Library License: US $316
ISBN: 978-1-60805-742-9 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-60805-741-2 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2013
DOI: 10.2174/97816080574121130101


Traditional Window Designs of Kirklareli, Turkey is original research on window design and presents readers the unique culture of Turkey. The theme of this book is based on samples of windows of the late 19th and early 20th century in Kirklareli. A total of 103 homes of traditional style have been observed in the old districts of the city. The windows in these buildings were studied in detail, were photographed and their plan, sectional elevations and views were obtained by scale drawings. Samples from 57 windows that were collected during the research process were selected to be published in this book. Some details are important with their color, with their ornaments and details, with their place in the façade having architectural elements belonging to certain periods, and with carvings of certain symbols.

This presentation is a significant step towards creating new designs with respect to cultural continuation and in building protection studies. Thus the book provides a rich illustrated resource for architects, designers and researchers interested in gaining a better understanding of diversity of design characteristics in different neighborhoods of Kirklareli in Turkey. Readers, including students and industry professionals can learn from the lessons provided in this book about unique window design and production.

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The windows of Turkish houses in Kirklareli Province have undergone both a cultural and structural change due to the rapid urbanization experienced in the last 60 years. Throughout history, many different cultures have flourished together in this region, which has resulted in the construction of a variety of styles of buildings. Today, both these buildings and unique architectural features such as their windows are on the brink of total destruction. Only a small number of traditional buildings have been subjected to architectural surveys and many such buildings have already been totally destroyed or are at risk of destruction.

The purposes of this eBook can be listed as follows: firstly, to provide a comprehensive and detailed record of the window examples which constitute an important architectural element of the multicultural city of Kirklareli, and which also bear the traces of the history of the East Balkans; secondly, to present information on the designs and structures built by the practitioners in parallel with the historical developments and changes in the window element. Such information will help academics and practitioners in making deductions about future window trends, aesthetic values and structural characteristics. The third purpose of the eBook is to raise awareness of such buildings among users and other stakeholder, concerning architectural details of the traditional city pattern, which is an important factor in the successful realization of urban conservation projects.

Vedia Dökmeci (Emeritus)
Istanbul Technical University
Department of Urban and Regional Planning


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