Reevaluating a project of modernization: design principles for the future of The Atatürk Forest Farm

Aydınoğlu, Murat
The Atatürk Forest Farm is a comprehensive modernization project reflecting the main ideology of the early Republican period that cannot be described as a simple open green area for the capital Ankara. The farm, conceptualized with the philosophy of creating a new society, is an exemplary initiative to socialize people, to integrate production and recreation relations, and to bring people together with education and science. On the other hand, located at an important position in the Ankara urban macro-form since the first years of the Republic, the farm has always been an indispensable topic of the capital's planning experience. Therefore, in this study, the Atatürk Forest Farm is evaluated in terms of its planning and founding functions. The study examines the historical process of the farm by focusing on its establishment period during the early Republican modernization process and its transformation period from the mid-20th Century to the early 21st Century. Then it compiles ideas from the significant current studies on future development of the farm. Thus, the aim of this study, which synthesizes the information obtained from historical process and the determined current studies, is to re-evaluate the farm within the context of a modernization project and to draw the outline of the design principles for defining its future.


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Citation Formats
M. Aydınoğlu, “Reevaluating a project of modernization: design principles for the future of The Atatürk Forest Farm,” M.Arch. - Master of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, 2018.