Vernacular Design Examples to Study Climate’s Role on Design Decisions: an Example of Nomadic Yörüks in the Turkish Mediterranean

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Abstract

This paper presents vernacular design examples to investigate the relationship
between design and climate. The paper aims at understanding ways in which
design can collaborate with other elements to produce naturally compatible
artefacts, systems or experiences. Considering the current climate crises and
growing changes, we need to develop an understanding that does not exploit
the natural resources but incorporates with them. To study this co-operation, this paper studies textile crafts, more specifically felted artefacts, of Yörüks (or Yoruks, Yuruks), a nomadic Turkic clan in the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. I examine the ways in which climate, mobile lifestyle and accessible materials actively affect design decisions of the Yörüks. Yörüks way of living could be an example to think further how to correspond to climate while developing artefacts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)136-157
Number of pages22
JournalPages on Arts and Design
Volume16
Publication statusPublished - 2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Agency
  • Mediterranean
  • Design
  • Entanglement
  • Yörüks

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