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Uncharted territories of transnational design history with particular reference to Turkey



This paper unfolds an interesting characteristic of transnational design based on observations in Turkey. This may be titled as “A Non-Reflective Transnational Dissemination of Impacts,” which denotes one directional process where design ideas run from centre to periphery but not vice versa in particular areas. For instance, Baroque and Rococo architecture were intro-duced to the Ottomans in the 19th Century and the Balian Family designed many ostentatious buildings in Istanbul; what impact have they made on Italian or French Architecture? None? Bruno Taut who is famous with his Glass House designed in 1914 Deutsche Werkbund Exhi-bition, moved to Turkey in 1936, built several important buildings including a “pagoda house”, died in 1938 and buried in Istanbul. How many of his architectural work in Turkey were acknowledged in Global Western design history? None? These cases constitute a ground to explore and develop the concept of ''A Non-Reflective Transnational Dissemination of Im-pacts”.


Palavras-chave: Transnational history, design, Bruno Taut, Balian family, Turkey,

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DOI: 10.5151/despro-icdhs2016-02_002

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Como citar:

BALCIOGLU, Tevfik; "Uncharted territories of transnational design history with particular reference to Turkey", p. 61-66 . In: Wong, Wendy Siuyi; Kikuchi, Yuko & Lin, Tingyi (Eds.). Making Trans/National Contemporary Design History [=ICDHS 2016 – 10th Conference of the International Committee for Design History & Design Studies]. São Paulo: Blucher, 2016.
ISSN 2318-6968, DOI 10.5151/despro-icdhs2016-02_002

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