Commodification of “place” under late capitalism through transforming architectural practices

Karakaya, Hamza Utku
This study is a critical inquiry into the changing nature of the term “place” under the impact of contemporary capitalism. The aim of this thesis is to explore the commodification process of the “place” in the sovereignty of contemporary capitalism referring to the ways by which the “place” becomes the instrument of capitalist mechanisms. In this context, how the intentions of current financial system convert the very essence of place, the genius loci, alongside the domination of place by images, texts, signs and symbols is analyzed. Furthermore, the ways the invasion of place by the system of signs and images and the proliferation of themes and simulations which prevail as the tools to transform the “place” as the “spectacle” are put into question. Ultimately, the current spatial productions, most of which are based on themes and simulations to constitute the spectacle, are discussed with reference to the actual environments of “placelessness” and “non-place”.


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Citation Formats
H. U. Karakaya, “Commodification of “place” under late capitalism through transforming architectural practices,” M.Arch. - Master of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, 2014.