Montage and Experience Architecture


Abstract Following Sergei Eisenstein’s theory, this study, concentrates on montage as a technique, a special way of thinking/acting on space and a method for defining/designing today’s fragmented complex architectural spatial organizations. It takes the notion of montage that mainly works in-between Cinema and Architecture, beyond as a radical Avant-garde device dominating a certain period. The study discusses role of the montage as a design input, a way of alienation through organizing special multilayered complex experiences in the designing of individual and public space by preventing easy consumption. In this context, the study analyzes and re-reads the building of the Faculty of Architecture of the Middle East Technical University as its case. It examines the building with its various contextual sequences including ones that are historical, cultural, physical, as well as the ones that are designerly and symbolic.