Producing Urban Space After Urban Transformation: The Case of Çukurambar, Ankara

Tunçbilek, Lale
In the era of globalization and digitalization, to keep up with the uncontrolled rapid urbanization, cities have expanded unrestrainedly. This expansion also required an overhaul of the existing urban fabric. Urban transformation, mostly in the form of the destruction of the old and the emergence of the new, redefines the sociocultural urban complexity while creating spatial fragmentations. Approaching urban space as a dynamic entity that is produced over time, the material and cultural production of urban space through complete renewals of the urban fabric unavoidably disrupts the existing identity and everyday life. In 1974, in his work “The Production of Space” Henri Lefebvre argued that the social space is a social product, and the production of space consists of three interconnected moments: spatial practice, representations of space, and representational space. Suggesting that fragmentation and identity problems result in a cultural, societal and spatial urban discontinuation, this study focuses on Çukurambar in Ankara, a neighborhood that has undergone an urban transformation recently. This study scrutinizes the urban architectural identity problems within Çukurambar district regarding the rapid and inattentive material and social production of the built environment, and secondly, it identifies and analyses the produced architectural and urban space with the Lefebvre’s spatial triad as its framework.


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Citation Formats
L. Tunçbilek, “Producing Urban Space After Urban Transformation: The Case of Çukurambar, Ankara,” M.Arch. - Master of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, 2022.