A study on the urban/architectural transformations in Keçiören district after 1990s

Pınarevli, Mehmet
Ankara, being the capital, has been the most important city for the New Modern Turkish State on its way of establishing the modernity project of Turkey. The development of the urban planning projects proceeded on the basis of this aimed concept of the new society, carrying the privilege of being the symbol of the modern republic, prosperity and wealth. Keçiören is one of the main districts of Ankara. The main aim of this study is to analyze and describe the ideological departure of Keçiören from the concept of the أmodernؤ Ankara, within the last ten years. Here the attitude of the municipality and its role as the agent of civil power leading the architectural and urban transformation of Keçiören from a district full of gecekondu to one full of أdecorated shedsؤ will be discussed. Here, the term أdecorated shedؤ, introduced by Robert Venturi, will be used for the explanation of the new architectural and urban elements Furthermore, the attitude of the society and the architects and contractors who are responsible for the actual case will be brought into argumentation. In this sense, other subsidiary terms will be used to explain the process of the case are ; populism and politics, nationalism, the ideology of the Turkish nation (Türklük), Turanism, Islamism and orientalism. Additionally, an important building in the district, the Estergon Castle, which has different characteristics from the other parts of the district, will be explained with the terms أhyper-realityؤ and أkitschؤ by the explanations of Umberto Eco and Dorfles.


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Citation Formats
M. Pınarevli, “A study on the urban/architectural transformations in Keçiören district after 1990s,” M.Arch. - Master of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, 2005.