Photography in architectural education: A tool for assessing social aspects of the built environment

Tok S. Y., Kaplan I., Taneli Y.

2nd World Conference on Educational Sciences (WCES-2010), İstanbul, Turkey, 4 - 08 February 2010, vol.2, pp.2583-2588 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 2
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2010.03.377
  • City: İstanbul
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.2583-2588
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes


Architectural undergraduate education uses visual methods within both teaching and design processes. One method, photography, is mostly used for illustrative documentation. However, using photography more creatively offers rich potential for student engagement with the social environments they work within. In this study, students digitally photographed the built environment of Karakoy, Istanbul and went through a process of keywording and interpretation of their photographs. The results function in a documentary capacity, but also provide insights into the students' social understandings of the built environment, which, in the context of architectural teaching and learning, has value for both students and instructors. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.