Modes of urbanization: changing paradigms in architecture at urban scale /

Türk, Seda
Since the 1980s, the urban space has become the major debated territory of a new contestation orchestrated by the agents of bureaucratic state and corporate society. As the central figure of the capitalist mode of production, the process of urbanization evolved into a declaration of the potency of capital over the entire process of spatial production. Today, it is imperative to delve into the actual moments of the production of space and entirely grasp the connotations of the urban in order to generate valid and appropriate reactions against the process of urbanization. The intention of this thesis is to broaden the prevailing discourse about the urban change through focusing on a particular mode of urbanization; Dialectical Urbanism and translate its unique theoretical framework and methodology into the language of design disciplines. For this purpose, this thesis engages a socio-political framework with the analytical tools of architecture, which are believed to govern and shape the way the designer perceives the urban reality from the very beginning of his involvement into the problem situation. If the urban domain is defined with respect to the premises of Dialectical Urbanism, so should be the task and the tools of the architect for a better fit with a dialectically expounded urban theory. The Urban Atlas of Ankara will be introduced as an exemplar study, which is believed to fulfill this intention.


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Citation Formats
S. Türk, “Modes of urbanization: changing paradigms in architecture at urban scale /,” M.Arch. - Master of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, 2014.