Information as Catalysts of Transformation in Spaces of Istanbul

Authors: SENEM KAYMAZ KOCA*, YILDIZ TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE, ZEKAİ GÖRGÜLÜ, YILDIZ TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE , TÜLİN GÖRGÜLÜ, YILDIZ TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE
Topics: Urban and Regional Planning
Keywords: information flow, space, transformation, İstanbul
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/7/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Balcony A, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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Even though cities have always been centers of information, as a result of the transformations in the qualities of information transmitters, they are more receptive to anything that comes through the information flow with respect to the past. In the cities of 21st century, information endows the cities with vital potentials; it continuously flows in between cities and their spaces, transforming the fundamental urban and architectural facts. Based on these vitalities, this study focuses on Istanbul of which urban and architectural context has been influenced by the global information flow since 1980’s because of its distinctive geographical location. Within this period, Istanbul’s spaces have become different from common types of usage. They may no longer be designed based on their specific purposes. This means that there is no longer a clear-cut distinction between spaces. Furthermore, they cannot have a fixed form or limits. It is impossible to consider Istanbul’s spaces of information in a complete state. They are multi-layered and chaotic.

The primary aim of the study is to reach an evaluation on how the global-scaled continuous information flow transforms the spaces of Istanbul, to uncover the ways in which Istanbul makes use of information flows to realize their potentials, and whether they are able to redistribute the information being accumulated. It goes without saying that this study, performed as it was at a particular point in the development of Istanbul, explicates the time-dependent nature of information flows.

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