Arch 301 Syllabus


Antalya City Museum and Research Center


“Museums of cities are a comparatively recent phenomenon. The first great wave of city museums belongs to early twentieth century, and essentials to Europe and North America.  The rapid urban expansion, globalization, industrial development were suppressing and obliterating the physical evidence of past settlements. Citizens began to argue for the establishment of museums which would act as repositories for rescued fragment of the city’s past. While the earlier collections of these museums were simply the modest versions of those in larger and national or regional museums, present-day curators keen to reveal their awareness of the city’s current complexity with innovative displays and interpretive programmes which attempt both the value the museum’s history and to look beyond it towards the city’s past, present and future.”  

City museum as centres of civic dialogue? Proceedings of the Fourth Conference of the International Association of City Museums, 2006


For our 2016-2017 Spring Semester, you are expected to design the core facilities for Antalya City Museum and Research Center. When you handle this problem, we expect you to ask your selves these questions:

‘How does a museum go about ‘presenting’ a city to its inhabitants and visitors?’ ‘In an increasingly urbanized world, what can a city museum do to identify and explain the city’s historical layers and its expected future? ‘How should the structure itself communicate with the city?’


Antalya City Museum and Research Center should include:

  • Entrance, security, cloakroom
  • Restaurant-Café
  • Gift shop
  • Administration Offices
  • 3 Exhibition halls for temporary exhibitions. (The halls should be arranged flexible to fit the necessities of the displaying objects)
  • 3 Exhibition halls for permanent exhibitions.
  • City Library (with digital archive, photocopy and printing rooms, microfilm room and storage)
  • 3 Classrooms for workshops and/or lectures
  • 3 Seminar Rooms with its foyers (at least 50 person for each)
  • Storages and technical spaces
  • Guest House (for 10-15 researchers, stay max 3 months)
  • Circulations Spaces
  • Open and semi-open spaces – Public Spaces- for recreational activities and etc.
  • Parking Places (Both for tourist buses and personnel parking)

Project Site

The site of the demolished Antalya City Stadium is given as the site of our project. This significant place is near Karaalioğlu Park, Antalya’s first public space, and on a significant city block where most of the city’s early republican heritage is in.


  • February-13-16- Defining the Problem, Class Presentations of the Case Studies (%5)
  • February 18,19-  Trip to Antalya
  • February 23, 27 – Critics for site analysis
  • March 2 - Site Analysis – Preliminary Jury I (%10)
  • March 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30 - Critics
  • March 27, 30 - Preliminary Jury II (%15)
  • April 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20 – Critics
  • April 24, 27 - Preliminary Jury III (%25)
  • May 1 – No Class
  • May 4, 8,11,15 - Critics


  • Case Study % 5
  • Site Analysis – Pre-Jury I %10
  • Sketch Problem - % 5 (Date will be announced)
  • Preliminary Jury II- % 15
  • Preliminary Jury III - % 25
  • Final Jury - % 40 (Date will be announced)


Students have to attend minimum 70% of the classes.