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Erman Eruz

Erman Eruz is a graduate student at Rice University where he is pursuing a Master's Degree in Architecture. He graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, along with certificates in Architecture and Urban Studies. Having grown up in Istanbul, Turkey, he is interested in a wide variety of topics related to the built environment and how people interact with it. Erman is fascinated by the interdisciplinary relation between architecture, engineering and urban planning. His main interests are urban housing in large cities and the relationship between technology and architectural production.

A Book Review: "The Robotic Touch: How Robots Change Architecture"

by Erman Eruz

In a relatively recent commercial, General Electric presents their vision of the future of work, a future where human-driven design is assisted by machines. The main actors of the commercial are 3-D printers and indust... Read article

The Robotic Touch: How Robots Change Architecture

by Erman Eruz

In a relatively recent commercial, General Electric presents their vision of the future of work, a future where human-driven design is assisted by machines. The main actors of the commercial are 3-D printers and indu... Read article

Urban Gentrification vis-à-vis Real Estate Prices: The Tarlabaşı Renewal Project in Istanbul, Turkey

by Erman Eruz

7,500 American Dollars per m2 is the price you have to pay if you want an office near the most important square of Istanbul. Seems reasonable, right? Until recently though, the area where the office is located was occupi... Read article

Politics vs. Culture: Municipality’s Rally Square Project in Yenikapi, Istanbul, Turkey

by Erman Eruz

A 8,500 year-old archaeological site is not a common element that one comes across in a metropolitan area. In the Yenikapi neighborhood in Istanbul, 35 Byzantine ships were uncovered making the site the home to the b... Read article

Architecture as a Political Tool: Proposed Plan for the Biggest Mosque Ever Made, Istanbul, Turkey

by Erman Eruz

Works of architecture that are aimed for the public almost always bear political connotations. However, when incompetence in understanding the relationship between architecture and public use is present in those who ... Read article

Favela-City Exchange: What Can We Learn from the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro?

by Erman Eruz

I was fortunate enough to see a very insightful exhibition called Favela-City Exchange on the future of the favelas (squatter settlements) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, prepared by the architecture and urban planning gr... Read article

A Day at the Brazil’s Largest Favela, Rocinha in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

by Erman Eruz

I am in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for a 6-week long program, and my next two posts will be on the urban planning issues of Rio. Rio de Janeiro is known, among other things, for its urban poverty and squatter settlements... Read article

Court Order to Stop the Urban Renewal Project on the Famous Romani Neighbourhood Sulukule, in Istanbul, Turkey

by Erman Eruz

Recently, a very important decision has been made that could set up a milestone on how the slum areas in Istanbul, Turkey are treated by the authorities in charge of urban renewal. Sulukule neighborhood, in Istanbul,... Read article

Watersheds and A City’s Existence: Problems in Watershed Use and Protection in Istanbul, Turkey

by Erman Eruz

Needless to say, water is essential to sustain human life, and every human being has the right to have access to water. Therefore, in urban areas where great numbers of people are agglomerated, water is a critical issue.... Read article

An Architectural Analysis of Mass Housing Administration’s (MHA) Urban Renewal Projects in Istanbul, Turkey

by Erman Eruz

In a special advertorial sponsored by Turkey’s Mass Housing Administration (MHA) in one of the issues of the UN-HABITAT’s Urban World magazine, MHA states that transforming existing slums “makes up approximately 10 perce... Read article

From Top-Down to Bottom-Up in Urban Planning: How your Firm or Agency Can Benefit From Crowdsourcing

by Erman Eruz

When Le Corbusier made his famous Plan Voisin proposal in 1925, he was basically designing, not just a city, but an ideal life for the users who were going to live there. That’s how the concept of “towers in a park” ... Read article

Urban Relocation in Istanbul, Turkey: What is Being Done Wrong?

by Erman Eruz

Urban relocation is often used, whether justifiably or not, as a part of the urban renewal project of Istanbul in its endeavor to become a “world-city.” As the main actor to carry out urban renewal projects, Mass Hou... Read article

New Conceptions on the Link Between Rural and Urban Development

by Erman Eruz

There is a strong paradigm shift in the literature recently, on how rural development and urban development affect one another. The conventional wisdom of the last three decades suggests that urban and rural developm... Read article

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