If regionalism is defined as designing responsibly in reaction to a local context, then critical regionalism can be
defined as doing so without denying the universally enlightening content of the modernist project. Armed with this
definition, this article attempts to analyze two houses by architect Han Tümertekin that are set in a rural context
in a very small Aegean village in Turkey. The aim of the paper is to explore the extent to which these two buildings
embrace the tenets of critical regionalism and to understand the local relevance as well as international
esteem of the buildings.
Keywords: Critical regionalism, tactile, place-context, tectonic-poetic, defamiliarization, estrangement.
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