A Terminology discussion on tarihselcilik-tarihsicilik [historicism] in Turkish architectural literature and historicist architecture in 2000s TURKEY Tarihselcilik-tarihsicilik [historicism]: Bir mimarlik terminoloji tartismasi ve 2000'ler türkiyesinde tarihsici mimarlik

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Gurallar N.

Metu Journal of the Faculty of Architecture, vol.32, no.2, pp.191-204, 2015 (Scopus) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 32 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.4305/metu.jfa.2015.2.11
  • Journal Name: Metu Journal of the Faculty of Architecture
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.191-204
  • Keywords: Historism, Historicism, Turkish Architectural Historiography, Turkish Architecture in the early 21th century
  • TED University Affiliated: No


The word "historicism" has mostly been translated as "tarihselcilik" in Turkish architectural history writing and criticism. However, "tarihsicilik" can also be used in the discussions around the concept of the "historicism". This article begins by defining the two terms "tarihselcilik" and "tarihsicilik", which can be helpful to differentiate the different approaches of "historicism". Following these discussions on historicism in Turkish architectural history writing and criticism, the article then suggests that the term "tarihsici", which has been largely neglected, should be used to define the architectural products of Turkey especially in the first decade of the 21st century in which historical references were largely used to produce new architectural forms.