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Discussion of “Placelessness” and “Acontextual” Concepts Through Jean Baudrillard's Simulation Theory

Kamaoglu, M; (2019) Discussion of “Placelessness” and “Acontextual” Concepts Through Jean Baudrillard's Simulation Theory. In: Besgen, A and Kuloglu, N, (eds.) Proceedings of the LIVENARCH VI LIVable ENvironments & ARCHitecture: 6th international congress. (pp. pp. 34-45). LIVENARCH 6th International Congress Proceedings: Trabzon - Turkey. Green open access

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Abstract

After the beginning of the modern period, understanding of place and context in architecture have undergone a radical change with the direct effects of mass media technology, advanced transportation networks and capitalist system. Since the architecture has begun to be designed as an object of consumption and fiction, buildings all over the world have started to be built without any strong concept of context and place. The French philosopher Jean Baudrillard who examined this radical change, considered some modern architectural examples as simulated buildings detached from their architectural context and place. In this sense, Baudrillard stated that because of the strong impacts of simulation world on the discipline of architecture, buildings have been started to shaped by characteristics of the simulation world: illusion, consumption, capitalism and uniformity. Since these characteristic features of the simulation world are directly related to the concepts of ''place'' and ''context'' in architecture, it is thought that the discussions of 'placelessness' and 'acontextual' concept in architecture should be also read through the effect of characteristics of the simulation world. In the scope of the study, basic principles of Baudrillard's simulation theory examined and the 'placelessness' and 'acontextual' concept in architectural design discussed in the light of Baudrillard’s simulation theory. The evaluations in the study carried out through Beaubourg (Pompidou Center), Disneyland, World Trade Center and hypermarkets. The aim of the study is reading the 'placelessness' and 'acontextual' concept in architecture with the help of basic principles of Baudrillard's simulation theory. In conclusion, the paper revealed the effects of Baudrillard’s simulation theory on the architecture and contributed to the current discussions of ‘placelessness’ and ‘acontextual’ concept in architecture.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Discussion of “Placelessness” and “Acontextual” Concepts Through Jean Baudrillard's Simulation Theory
Event: LIVENARCH VI Replacing Architecture
Location: Trabzon, Turkey
Dates: 25 September 2019 - 28 September 2019
ISBN-13: 978-605-2271-17-9
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.livenarch.org/dosya/site/labook2019-1....
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Simulation; Philosophy; Architecture; Placelessness; Acontextual.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Architecture
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10137287
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