Maps & Exhibits

Designing an Interconnected Lexicon on Void to Support an Open-ended Architectural Vocabulary

Türkan Oya Ekmekci Geronymakis

Professor Dr Ayşe Şentürer, Advisor

Istanbul Technical University Graduate School

How is it possible to design a non-linear lexicon?

This work introduces an interconnected lexicon that builds an open-ended architectural vocabulary. It generates an ongoing PhD research method on understanding the concept of void in architecture with an interdisciplinary approach. It discusses architecture through an intangible concept, and evolves into an interactive lexicon based on relational concepts adopted from different disciplines.
This work aims not to form a dictionary with definitions of specific words in a linear alphabetical order but to unravel relational meanings and hidden concepts as an interconnected unity. Every concept has complex implications within the relations it has. These relations create different patterns and “clusters” which are in constant change. It introduces an interdisciplinary reading method by collecting different “encounters” related to the central concept. Each encounter from other fields adds a new related concept and/or relational pattern to the lexicon.

This work is formed with an emphasis on complex relations and non-linear thinking. It is a digital lexicon developed via a complex mapping software program and includes conceptual relations, clusters of concepts, visual images, and explanatory notes. This open-ended lexicon will be updated constantly and can be followed via the website:

Reading the open-ended architectural vocabulary

The lexicon has different layers/ clusters such as main concept (in this case void), different states of the concept (synonyms and antonyms), encounters (examples from different disciplines), secondary concepts (related concepts introduced by each encounter) and mediators (hidden concepts mediating to understand the main concept).

The lexicon can be explored by clicking on specific concepts and/or different clusters. Playing with the complex unity and breaking the scale provide different readings for each audience.

Exhibit & Video: Designing an Interconnected Lexicon on Void to Support an Open-ended Architectural Vocabulary

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Suggested Citation Format (APA)

Author(s) (20XX). Article title. Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSDX) Symposium.