This article aims to explore the changes and continuity in housing patterns of Turkish society comparing traditional
and contemporary usage. In this context, the spatial and social structures of housing patterns are studied comparatively
from an historical perspective. The article is based on research projects carried out by the author that aimed to identify
the effects of socio-cultural and psychological factors on the spatial formation, meaning and use of domestic space
in different types of Turkish dwellings. Examples chosen from a number of case studies in different housing patterns are
mainly those of the Middle Asian Tent, the Traditional Turkish House and Squatter Housing ‘Gecekondu’. The article
consists of six sections. In the first two, the aim and the general concept of the paper are defined, the research field is
explained and the problem is specified. In the third section, the formation of spatial setting in different housing pattern
of Turkish settlers will be analysed by comparing the tent, traditional house and squatter house. The fourth section focuses
on related theoretical concepts in environmental behavioural studies with the conceptual model of culture and space
interaction system in terms of meaning and use of home space. In the last two sections, the field study is presented and
the article builds on the findings of the case studies to offer some proposals for new design principles.
Keywords: Tradition, meaning and use of home, culture, change, continuity, home
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