Architectural spaces of innovation the case : METU Technopolis

Balkan, Özlem
Since the second half of twentieth century, the economic value of scientific work produced in academic settings has been increased, the terms of ‘Science Park’, ‘Technopark’, ‘Technopole’ and ‘Technoburb’ are appeared. And these settlements attempt to stimulate and promote further use of the knowledge on a certain part of studies that can be put in commercial use. Consequently, the need for concerning the relations in between these technopark settings -within the university settings- and the social network they constitute occurred. This need brought new aspects in ‘architecture of knowledge’ into consideration and found its reflection in the physical setting such as; the architectural spaces for innovation, and the social quality of spaces for the spatial performance issues. This spatial point of view is the issue that the study considers through the methodology of spatial data analysis based over social sciences. The study consigns the initial proposition of the analysis on the relationship between the spatial organization of the Technopark and its communal networks in spatial, communal and virtual mediums. The second proposition is the relationships whether in the consequence this relationship form spatial typologies or not. The focus of the study is a socio-spatial analysis of the interior public spaces of communal interaction within the technology producing factories, named as “Technoparks”. The study is basically circumscribed within the borders of the case; METU Technopolis’s public or common spaces.


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Citation Formats
Ö. Balkan, “Architectural spaces of innovation the case : METU Technopolis,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2006.