Conservation of silos as rural and industrial heritage places: principles for the Turkish Grain Board Silo in Ankara Güvercinlik

Bulut, Nihan
Silos of the Turkish Grain Board are monumental grain storage structures that appear as the architectural symbols of the modern period rural production. Located in Turkey's many settlements, they constitute the network of agricultural industry and storage all over the country. Starting from their rapid construction by the government during the Republican Period, these structures had helped the economic growth and modernization of the new state in terms of agricultural production and societal development. However, in today’s context, many silos worldwide have started to lose their original functions due to changes in their physical and functional contexts as well as the changes in grain storage technologies. Therefore, silos are under the threat of privatization, abandonment, or demolishment, including the Güvercinlik Silo located in a dense urban center of Ankara. This thesis aims at revealing the values and significance of the Ankara Güvercinlik Silo in consideration of its context and rural network of the Turkish Grain Board. At the same time, it seeks to develop principles and strategies for the future to conserve and sustain the structure through scenarios developed for both its original use and adaptive reuse, as it acknowledges the place as a rural and industrial heritage site.


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Citation Formats
N. Bulut, “Conservation of silos as rural and industrial heritage places: principles for the Turkish Grain Board Silo in Ankara Güvercinlik,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2022.