Changing identity of public spaces : Güven Park in Ankara

Sarıkulak, Selen
Place identity changes and transforms in relation with changing social conditions and physical environment. Social conditions change the place identity by changing people’s perceptions and experiences in the space, while, at the same time, they are affected by these perceptions and experiences. Thus, place identity is in a state of flux in time with individuals, objects and societies. This thesis aims to study the evolving identity of public spaces by focusing on the case of Ankara, specifically the example of Güven Park which was developed as a part of the public space strategy of creating a modern, westernized and secular capital city of newly-founded Turkish Republic. Therefore, as far as Ankara is concerned, beside ‘place identity’, the notion of ‘national identity’ becomes prominent. This research examines the changes in the identity of Güven Park in relation to the shifts in the identity of Ankara, and the analyses on the public space are carried out regarding three criteria -form or physical setting, activities and meanings attached to the public space- in different time periods.


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Citation Formats
S. Sarıkulak, “Changing identity of public spaces : Güven Park in Ankara,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2013.