Discovering Another Language: Walking in the City

Altunok N., Dursun Çebi P.

LivenARCH-VII 2021: OTHER ARCHITECT/URE(S), Trabzon, Turkey, 28 September 2021

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Trabzon
  • Country: Turkey
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes


This paper proceeds from the idea that the critical spatial practices which establish environments for new kind of relationships to emerge between body and the surroundings of the body are alternative ways of understanding and establishing a dialogue with the city. In this context, the paper focuses on critical everyday practices which have performative and explorative aspects. This paper differentiates itself from the common literature by approaching to “the walking act” critically and pursuing temporary, perceptual and experiential potentials of understanding and narrating the city through the “other”. The aim of this paper is to investigate and discuss “other” spatial data about city, people and movements in order to increase spatial awareness to city by the help of critical practices. By that way, revealing “other” languages which are provided by acts and movements of the body in the city becomes feasible.

The aim was fulfilled by portraying “the walking act” as a critical everyday life activity, discussing it on a theoretical basis, looking at different walking styles or walkers and then conducting a case study. According to these discussions, “critical walking” description of this paper was defined. Then, the case study was carried out by walking and synchronously extracting the things which can be related with “other” by mapping. The mapping created is not a finished representation with sharp boundaries, unlike the architectural design representations we are accustomed to. The paper traced the “other”s in the city and opened them up for discussion to discover “another” language to make sense of the city.