The Concept of Refunctioning in Terms of “What,” “Why” and“How” Questions

İslamoğlu Ö.

New Approachesto Spatial Planning and DesignPlanning, Design, Applications, Murat Özyavuz, Editör, Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., Berlin, ss.397-411, 2019

  • Basım Tarihi: 2019
  • Yayınevi: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc.
  • Basıldığı Şehir: Berlin
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.397-411
  • Editörler: Murat Özyavuz, Editör


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.