Production of space in the post earthquake region: three cases from Düzce

Demirel, Sinem
This thesis is about the processes and attitudes behind building production as it is about architecture as such, and it aims at understanding architecture̕s critical capacity and its relation to wider society. In this context, the differing attitudes and orientations in the construction of the residential environments in Düzce after the two unsettling earthquakes that took place in 1999 are believed to provide a study field, where the relationship between architecture and different economic, political and cultural structures that constitute civil society can be examined. Against this backdrop, our discussion will concentrate on the specific housing concerns and solutions proposed by three different groups, namely: ءSolidarity Houses Project̕ realized by the villagers of Gölyaka, settlement proposal for Gölyaka prepared by the Project Implementation Unit of Prime Ministry and the struggle of the Düzce Depremzedeler Derneği for tenants̕ rights. The examination of these case studies will be based on our reading of Henri Lefebvre̕s ءProduction of Space̕ and particularly his analytical categories: physical, mental and social space. The relation between this theoretical framework and the case studies will be a reciprocal one, in which the analysis on the three examples of house production will both utilize the analytical framework and be an instrument for understanding it. Although considered separately, the concepts we discuss in each chapter are inextricably interwoven. At the end what we aim to outline is a more total picture of the character of the redevelopment processes after the 1999 Marmara earthquakes and represent architectural practice in its complexity.


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Citation Formats
S. Demirel, “Production of space in the post earthquake region: three cases from Düzce,” M.Arch. - Master of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, 2005.