Augmented Spatial Mediators of Late 20th Century and their Impact on the Realization Process of the Smooth Space in Architectural Discourse: Fresh Water Expo Pavilion Case

  • Emine Görgül Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
    Dr. Emine Görgül is an architect and assistant professor in Istanbul Technical University-ITU. She has been teaching architectural and interior architectural studios at under-graduate and graduate levels, since 2005. She experiments alternative ways of teaching design and creativity. She authors numerous articles both in Turkish and in English, on design theory and criticism as well as design education and innovative interventions. She has also worked as a freelance architect and a researcher for various projects. Her Ph.D. thesis is about the “space as a becoming: a discussion on transfiguring ontology of space ad emergence of spatial mediators” considering the space as an open- ended dynamic embodiment, and examining the role of spatial-mediators in the formation of architectural space. She was a visiting scholar in DSD-TU Delft, a visiting teacher at Architectural Association-London and invited stu- dio critiques in Hong Kong University-School of Architecture. She has been appointed as the vice chair of the Department of Interior Architecture, and the organizer of the Deleuze Studies Conference Istanbul 2014.


With the rising influence of digitalization and its immense penetration intoeven everyday life, the last decade of the 20th Century addressed to a critical threshold in the successive transformation process of the spatiality in its long-term run. The advanced digital technologies of ubiquitous computing and generative design, as well as the invention of smart materials in late 90’s (particularly the nano-technological materials that emerged as the programmable matters with their ability to evolve continously) have all provoked the fluid characteristics of spatiality, and strengthen the transformative capacities of the architectural space through the emergence of computer-augmented territories. Additionally, while they are becoming as the body extensions, the advent of novel apparatuses and gadgets further enhanced the inte- gration of the corporal and incorporal bodies with the spatio-temporal multiplicities, where the hyperdimensionality of the space has been triggered to its outmost range, in relation to the “soft and smart technologically augmented immanent millieu”, in Spuybroek terms. Thus, like Spuybroek points out as the “haptonomist” presence of the body merges itself with these diverse bodily extensions on one hand; and on the other hand, as the rising influence of nomadic view of the world further stimulates the unboundedness and endless fluidity of space, so that the spatiality becomes a landscape of successive transformations, a topology of emergence or a plane of becoming, which is merely defined by lines of forces, and occures as an alive territory rather than a limited space of predefined boarders. Therefore, this evolvable territory which is affectable and being affected by the lines of forces –inner and outer forces–, emerges as an animated existence, an interactive organism. So, by interacting with the Deleuzian Philosophy and their notions like lines of forces, folding, becoming, smooth space, territory, spatium, this article aims to reveal the relevance of these notions in architectural discourse, as well as the emergence of the smooth space in the contemporary architectural practice, by magnifiying one of the very initial examples of its kind; in terms of unfolding the Fresh Water Pavilion of NOX Architecture by Lars Spuybroek into question to reveal the essences of thecontemporary transformable-evolvable architectural spatiality.


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Görgül, E. (2015). Augmented Spatial Mediators of Late 20th Century and their Impact on the Realization Process of the Smooth Space in Architectural Discourse: Fresh Water Expo Pavilion Case. Estudios De Filosofía, 13, 155-172. Recuperado a partir de