NATURE, CULTURE, CITY DIALECTIC IN THE ANTHROPOCENE: READING THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE SOUTHEAST PERIPHERY OF ANKARA

2022-7-1
Süvari, Özge
The 21st century has been the century of changing climates, epidemic diseases, forest fires and economic deadlocks that we comprehend solely as ecological rather than a political, economic and aesthetic phenomena. Urban space and increasing consumption have become the cause and result of this ever-increasing change. While the signs and representations of nature are proliferating in the age where society and nature are intertwined more than ever, technological solutions and green consumption emerged rather than critical approaches to environmental problems at different scales. From this point of view, the study claims that environmental problems of urbanization cannot be considered separately from power relations, class struggle, uneven development, and non-human actors by referencing urban political ecology literature. It problematizes the conceptions and practices that separate nature and culture, core and periphery, human and non-human, local or global, as historically produced dualities, and proposes to look at it from a relational, dialectic perspective. The study follows a threefold framework at this point: (1) It seeks traces that can change our perspective on urban and environmental problems by reframing literature through a series of re-readings: renaturing, transcending dualisms, decentering, animating, and interrelating. (2) It examines the relations and disconnections the city has established with nature throughout history, and the material flows such as mohair, food, water and cement embedded in them. The reconstructed socio-environmental history helps to grasp the crisis of the Anthropocene, which is also the crisis of humans, and the problematic relationship established with nature. (3) Afterward, it scrutinizes discussions through İmrahor Valley by integrating mapping, visual survey, fieldwork, and archival materials to understand and document the radical transformation of the natural land.

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Citation Formats
Ö. Süvari, “NATURE, CULTURE, CITY DIALECTIC IN THE ANTHROPOCENE: READING THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE SOUTHEAST PERIPHERY OF ANKARA,” M.Arch. - Master of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, 2022.