The Conservation of ‘Anafartalar Çarşısı’ as an example of modern architectural heritage in Ankara

Kısaer, Elif Miray
From the 20th century, attempts for the conservation of Modern Architecture buildings have begun; consequently, the notion of ‘modern heritage places’ emerged in the conservation field with many issues. The state of belonging to the recent past, the sense of aesthetics, the modern building techniques and materials and ideologic manner in decision-making process are the main conservation issues of the modern heritage. As varying on a wide scale from the attitude of societies to the ideology of politics, these issues have been threating the sustainability and conservation of the modern buildings. Turkey also faces these challenges and many modern structures have been under the threat of demolition; yet, some of them have been demolished. Herein, the thesis focuses on the sustainability and conservation of modern heritage places through a case: Anafartalar Çarşısı. Anafartalar Çarşısı has taken part in the urban memory of Ankara as one of the earliest shopping malls designed within a commercial complex including a high-rise office block. The building settled in the citizens’ minds with qualified shops and escalators. Also, numerous public artworks of renowned artists were placed in the building. Over the years due to the developments in the urban space, the meaning of the building has changed and with the planning decisions, the commercial complex’s high-rise block was demolished. The thesis aims to define a conservation approach for Modern Architectural Heritage buildings within the case of Anafartalar Çarşısı. For this purpose, the thesis follows theoretical and on-site surveys that are assessed in the scope of the case and ends with the conservation principles and proposals. The main conceptions of the thesis are comprehending the conservation issues of modern heritage places, understanding the experience of Anafartalar Çarşısı, revealing its values and significance as a modern heritage structure, determining the challenges and defining a conservation process with the participation of stakeholders that provide the sustainability and conservation of Anafartalar Çarşısı.


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Citation Formats
E. M. Kısaer, “The Conservation of ‘Anafartalar Çarşısı’ as an example of modern architectural heritage in Ankara,” Thesis (M.Arch.) -- Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences. Conservation of Cultural Heritage in Architecture., Middle East Technical University, 2019.