Reconstruction of collective memory through spatial representations of İzmir waterfront, since the 1920s

Yüksel, Pınar
This study explores the spatial transformation of Kordonboyu and its representations under the theoretical framework of collective memory. Memory as a dynamic and evolving phenomenon with regard to the associated social frameworks of an everchanging present is a collective entity. Urban space that is under continuous transformation within political, economic, and social discourses constitutes the material background of these social frameworks. This research examines the construction and maintenance of collective memory with relation to national identity, under the transformation of urban space in Kordonboyu and its representations, relative to socio-political tendencies in Turkey. Hence a comprehensive analysis of the spatial transformation of İzmir Kordonboyu is executed by juxtaposing significant socio-political changes in the Republic of Turkey, and their effects on the city image in silhouette. The spatial transformations on the waterfront of İzmir Kordon Area are explored to decipher the relations between spatial transformation and collective memory under the consequences of the consecutive development plans and significant implementations which became effective and instrumental since the 1920s.


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Citation Formats
P. Yüksel, “Reconstruction of collective memory through spatial representations of İzmir waterfront, since the 1920s,” M.Arch. - Master of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, 2015.