New relations of urban (dis)connection.The modern gated community in Istanbul as a transient hotel

Authors: Simone Pekelsma*, Radboud University Nijmegen
Topics: Urban Geography
Keywords: gated community, gating, relational
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM
Room: Galerie 6, Marriott, 2nd Floor
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This paper explores the dynamic practices, relations and networks shaping a modern-day gated community in Istanbul: Varyap Meridian. In order to be able to deal with gated communities more constructively and both analyse and visualise them as living, breathing spaces that are composed of a large variety of ‘actors’, the paper applies a dual perspective drawing on Lefebvre’s work on the production of space and a Deleuzian assemblage approach. It views gated communities as relational, fluid and living spaces, and thereby aims to move beyond the currently dominant conceptualisation of gated communities as the one-dimensional outcome of politico-economic phenomena including neoliberalism and globalisation. Based on the detailed deconstruction of Varyap Meridian it concludes that the leading gated community-concept that circles contemporary academic debates, may not fit the multiple, diverse and flexible instances of gated communities visible in today’s cities anymore and might not reflect carefully enough on the function and outcomes of the many forms of gating at work in gated communities.

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