Fuzda Uz was our guest for the first talk of the series #salonconversations with The Facing Aluminum.


This study aims to investigate the contributions made by aluminum facade systems to the form language in Turkish architecture after 1960.

It can be argued that the interest toward the material in Turkey started in the 1960s particularly in Istanbul and Ankara. It is interesting to note how rapidly aluminum became a popular construction material in those years. Although aluminum has been mostly associated with the construction of high/medium rise office blocks, to codify aluminum as the form element of any particular functional typology is missing the point about its widespread usage. It is possible to read the similar material in varying constructions such as apartments, shopping malls, hotels, cultural centers, schools, factories, university campus buildings, waterfront mansions, etc.

The Paper will open to discussion aluminum’s representation of “the modern” through prominent examples of the late modern architectural works since the 1960s. However not only the expectations or demands of architects but also how the building sector supplied the aluminum building components will be studied indepth by the delving into the archives of the producers. The use of aluminum in Turkish architecture will be analyzed in its 50 years’ time span with examples to pinpoint the turning points and a critical perspective will be developed at the constructed environment that makes up today’s cities.

This is the abstract of Designing With Aluminum: Aluminum Facades in Modern Turkish Architecture from The Sixties Today, Funda Uz.