Impacts of policies after 1980 on public buildings: the “unoccupied” buildings of Emlakbank, Sümerbank and Tekel in Ulus in Ankara

Şahin, Özge
This thesis examines the “unoccupied” buildings in Ankara, which are not refunctioned due to the social, political, and economic reasons after 1980s. 1980s can be accepted as the breaking point in the social, economic and political history of Turkey. The significant policy of this period is the privatization of the governmental institutions, which includes the institutions of service, production and also finance. The building stock of privatized institutions is sold or assigned to the other institutions, or demolished. The object of the thesis is the unoccupied buildings in Ankara. The thesis particularly focuses on three of these buildings, which are Emlakbank, Sümerbank and TEKEL Buildings in Ulus. The thesis aims to understand the common points how these buildings become unoccupied. The possessions of Emlakbank, Sümerbank and TEKEL were transferred from the public sector (government) to the private sector (business) after 1980s. Their buildings, which were used as the central administration buildings are still unoccupied. Although they are physically present, their non-presence in terms of function can be considered to be creating “voids” of the city. For each building, related data is collected. The selected buildings and the institutions, they belonged to, are studied through their limited chronologies (their stories) by the help of the newspapers, interviews, laws, codes and regulations. The collected data helps to analyze the objects as a text, which provides evaluation of the total scene (i.e.the city of Ankara). By thoroughly investigating and discussing unoccupied buildings and their reasons of becoming unoccupied, this study makes an alternative reading of the transformation of Ankara.


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Citation Formats
Ö. Şahin, “Impacts of policies after 1980 on public buildings: the “unoccupied” buildings of Emlakbank, Sümerbank and Tekel in Ulus in Ankara,” M.Arch. - Master of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, 2008.