Locational Choice Criteria of Private Theater Spaces: The Case of Ankara

Yazıcı, Tutku Gizem
With the recognition of the importance of creative and cultural industries in the development of cities, studies on the location criteria of the creative class and indirectly related occupations have increased. However, both the creative industries and the creative class differ in terms of their motivations for location, so there is a need for studies based on the dynamics of different sectors and professions. Theaters show different characteristics within the cultural industries regarding their production process and relationship with space. Moreover, studies on cultural industries in Ankara, especially theaters, are limited. This study aims to identify the private theater venues in Ankara and assess their locational choice criteria based on their interaction with the social and physical characteristics of the urban space. For this purpose, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 25 of the 37 private theater venues identified in Ankara. As a result of the qualitative and quantitative analyses applied, site selection criteria were determined at city and neighborhood scales. The evaluation of the physical, economic, social, cultural, and institutional environment under the headings of hard locational factors, soft locational factors, market/audience, and governance/policy revealed that the most important factors for private theater spaces to choose a location in Ankara are soft locational factors such as personal relationships, sense of belonging, theater environment, while at the neighborhood scale, classical/hard locational factors such as transportation networks, physical characteristics of the building, and the level of tolerance which is considered as a soft locational factor.


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Citation Formats
T. G. Yazıcı, “Locational Choice Criteria of Private Theater Spaces: The Case of Ankara,” M.C.P. - Master of City Planning, Middle East Technical University, 2023.