Stratified ground of the city : transformation of istanbul divanyolu in the modern period

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This thesis presents a critical reading of the multilayeredness in contemporary cities through the case of Divanyolu, main road of the historical İstanbul. The ground in this case displays the fragmented character, so in order to follow the discontinuities in the morphological, economical, cultural and also hypothetic structures; this study will concentrate on the confrontation of layers within the framework of modernization process in the city. Beyond many possible discussions questioning the multiplicity of Istanbul, this study aims to encompass the specific character of the modernization process observed in Divanyolu. Furthermore, the information derived from the evaluation can suggest an exemplary framework for the new grounds in the multilayered sites, which is actually the other aim of the study. Within this framework, Divanyolu is chosen as a major urban case to discuss the complexity of the stratified ground. It was an example of a stratified ground being the main thoroughfare of the Ottoman Capital, which formed the important network from the Topkapı Palace to the Edirne Gate. The road has been the stage for the modernization process beginning from the 19th century to the present. With the different stage modernization process, the ground displayed the fragmented character. In this thesis, the main dynamics of this partial transformation will be evaluated.


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Citation Formats
B. Yaylalı Yıldız, “Stratified ground of the city : transformation of istanbul divanyolu in the modern period,” M.Arch. - Master of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, 2008.