Importance of urban spaces on creating cultural identity: deciphering the multi-layered structure of Istanbul Taksim area

Vatan, Meltem and Ekenyazıcı Güney, Efsun (2018) Importance of urban spaces on creating cultural identity: deciphering the multi-layered structure of Istanbul Taksim area. In: ICOMOS 19th General Assembly and Scientific Symposium "Heritage and Democracy", 13-14th December 2017, New Delhi, India. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract (in English)

This study aims to investigate the dynamics of “cultural identity” within the extended meaning of “urban heritage” as an emerging phenomenon in recent decades, particularly, the increased importance of intangible values within the scope of urban heritage and its context linked to the place or community to which it belongs. In this context, the purpose of the proposed study is to explore Taksim area in Istanbul, Turkey as a place with its powerful historic link and interpretation to political powers throughout its history in order to understand the drivers of “cultural identity”. Taksim, with its history going back to the Ottoman Empire is a visual archive embracing the layers of social-political-spatial transformation of the city and the country, where the reconciliation of “cultural diversity and identity” can be seen clearly. When the regime was changed to a Republican one, the area experienced a substantial urban renewal, which was also a call for a secular social transformation of the governing power. It can be claimed that from the early years of the Ottoman Empire up to today, Taksim juxtaposes and combines spatial traces as reflections of its social-political history. In addition to the trial of deciphering multilayered structure under strong political domination on urban space, it is important to understand the generation of “cultural identity” within its historic layers. Therefore, the bilateral relation between the transformation of the urban space, its character and understanding of political power and their domination on the creation of “cultural identity” will be considered as the backbone of this study in order to discuss the reconciliation within its diversity. The methodology of the study is based on qualitative research approach, and it is supported by the data collected through a deep literature review, observations, and the review of community discussion forums.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Vatan, Meltem
Ekenyazıcı Güney, Efsun
Languages: English
Keywords: identity; Istanbul; urban space; transformation; cultural heritage; diversity; reconciliation; social transformation
Subjects: D.URBANISM > 02. Urban planning
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 09. Social and economic aspects of conservation
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 13. Historic town centres
National Committee: ICOMOS International
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 19th General Assembly, New Delhi, 2017
Depositing User: intern icomos
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2019 14:14
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2019 14:14
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