Güner, Gizem
The economic and spatial vacancy after de-industrialization triggered the cities to capitalize on creative industries, which challenged the conventional dynamics of work and life in the urban sphere. Co-working spaces, homes and public spaces having emerged as new forms of workspaces – along with the urban environments being restructured as diverse ecosystems of high education, talent, vibrant cultural infrastructure and other services – are considered as the new landscape of the post-industrial city. The changing workspaces and urban experiences of creative labor are investigated in this study in Istanbul, which is the economic capital of Turkey, containing the majority of its creative workforce. Interviews are conducted in co-working spaces in Levent-Maslak, Sishane and Kadikoy neighborhoods where creative labor and their work / life environments locate densely. While the literature provides information about the creative labor’ work /life preferences and the places that attract the creative class, the wider socio-spatial associations of the new spatial dynamics of work in the urban context is an under-researched area. Regarding how remote work will affect urban geography, the work and life experiences of creative labor can be valuable for economic development in urban planning practices.


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Citation Formats
G. Güner, “CHANGING WORKSPACES AND URBAN EXPERIENCES OF CREATIVE LABOR: THE CASE OF ISTANBUL,” M.C.P. - Master of City Planning, Middle East Technical University, 2021.