The Concept of Refunctioning in Terms of “What,” “Why” and“How” Questions, Murat Özyavuz, Editör, Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., Berlin, ss.397-411, 2019
Architecture is a field which is influenced by social, economic and technological
developments. While on one hand structures that are appropriate to new conditions are built,
on the other hand structures that lose their current functions are demolished or they continue
to exist with different functions. At this point, it is significant to ensure the conservation of
the social, cultural and economic values of structures that continue to exist in order to form
urban identity and public memory. Especially in historical buildings, reuse as a way of conservation
is an important tool in protecting the values that structures carry. Within the scope of
the study, the concept of reuse in historical buildings that are concrete documents of notions
that form social memory and cultural values that are worth preserving have been discussed
under three main titles. What is refunctioning in this context? (Why?) Why is is necessary?
(Why?) How is it maintained? (How?) These are the questions that are discussed. Under the
title of “What” theoretical information regarding refunctioning and historical processes are
included. Under the title of “Why is it necessary?” conditions in which refunctioning is necessary
have been discussed. The title “How is it maintained?” contains inferences made by
selected sample structures.