Transformation of an urban “vector”

Tekin, Tuğba
The urban transformation of the city of Ankara as a planned and constructed city with “stable configurations,” “definitive forms,” “limits” and “boundaries” in scope of modernization project of the country, is under the influence of new space-time understanding with “hybridizations,” “proximities,” “frictions,” “overlaps” and “superpositions” in neo-liberal era. This thesis presents the rapid transformation of Eskisehir Highway which is the “development corridor” of the city of Ankara. Eskisehir Highway is chosen in order to reflect the complexity of the “metropolitan condition” of the city of Ankara. Eskisehir Highway will be questioned as a “vector” which will be used as a tool to decipher multi-dimensional dynamics of this complex urban condition which reconfigures the new urban architecture with “intensity,” “movement,” “direction” and “magnitude” as both the features of the vector and era. The Highway as a vectorial urban realm is transforming itself and the nearby, with the non-linear capitalist project production process. In order to understand this transformation, the “new urban objects” of globalization will be examined as big projects of large capital regarding the new relation patterns between architecture and the urbanism under a framework shaped by the notions of “movement”-“fluidity”- “speed”, “intensity”, “direction” and “magnitude.”


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T. Tekin, “Transformation of an urban “vector”,” M.Arch. - Master of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, 2008.