21(st) Century Architecture: Search for the Concept

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Sagdic Z.

MEGARON, vol.11, no.2, pp.179-186, 2016 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 11 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.5505/megaron.2016.93064
  • Journal Name: MEGARON
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.179-186
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The contemporary architecture has been focusing on the creation of concept before giving attention to the context. It is seen that architects are making their designs related with the created conceptual background before thinking on functional necessities. Today is the era of seeking to interrogate relationship among reality, symbols, and society as Baudrillard referred on his simulation theorem. Most of the converging objects of the life from 1980's till today, can be seen asthe piece of "a great scenery" of the modern life, created by the authorities. During the period in between 1990's and the 2016, it is seen that the capital market has been formulated under the effects of neo-liberalist economies. The rise of the multiculturalism is started and thus, alternative media is born. These years are the years of having many spectacular buildings of star-architects on the praxis field. Thus having a direct link to this formulation in the architectural field, it can be said that, the importance of the projects are not formulated according to the basic guidelines and architectural principles, however it is focused on concept research on architectural projects, which would be the best-sellers on the market. Bjarke Ingels and his Copenhagen-based firm BIG is disproportionate number of the profession's rising star from the north side of the world contemporary architecture. Thus, the paper will have the critical overview to the architectural fiction on the 21st century, while it will focus on the important projects of BIG from all over the world.