Zeitschrift für die Welt der Türken / Journal of World of Turks, Vol 4, No 3 (2012)

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Sustainability of Traditional Housing and Way of Life in Anatolia: A Case of Korkuteli-Bozova



Cities and towns are characterized by various types of buildings constructed with local materials, specifically detailed for indigenous conditions. In addition to environmental circumstances – such as climate, topography etc.- and availability of the materials, local cultural practices determine both housing types and architectural styles of the regions. Vernacular buildings in Anatolia typically were designed and constructed by residents of the regions who utilized traditional building techniques for their own types of daily life.
In this context, this study investigates the general characteristics and sustainable properties of traditional residential buildings in Korkuteli region of Antalya, Turkey. Three different traditional structural systems of the region are selected to examine in terms of spatial organization, building type and material, and structural properties in relation with existing user profile. For this purpose, along with the measurements and drawings of these three houses, face to face interviews with residents of the case buildings were conducted. The data gained through the process are evaluated in terms of sustainability of traditional structural systems and way of life.

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