SPS SeminarPoster TEMPLATE

Speaker: İlgi Toprak (Istanbul Technical University / Guest Researcher at TU Delft)
Date and time: Thursday 18 February, 12:30 – 13:30
Venue: BG West 270

Topic: URBAN HETEROTOPIAS

According to Michel Foucault’s “The Order of Things” and “Of Other Spaces”, heterotopias define different or other spaces. They are spatio-temporal structures, which result in a displacement of time, a disruption of space, or unusual juxtapositions (Johnson, 2006). They are specified by six diverse principles, and exemplified by a variety of spaces put forward by Foucault: libraries, museums, brothels, colonies, prisons and many others. However, heterotopias translate to contemporary urban spaces in many different ways, depending on interpretations of “heterotopia” and its principles. Urban spaces that function like heterotopias are related to concepts like time accumulation, temporariness, illusion as well as urban conditions such as gentrification, crime and segregation.

This study tries to investigate the principles of heterotopias and their contemporary translations to urban spaces, especially neighbourhoods. It aims to understand how the heterotopic properties of places analyzing them using a combination of quantitative (Space Syntax) and qualitative (hermeneutics) methods. The case study is diachronic research about Samatya, a highly heterotopic neighbourhood in Istanbul. It is analyzed in terms of time accumulations (heterochrony), juxtapositions and illusions. The case study aims to investigate how culturally resilient is Samatya despite the differences, illusions and changes of meaning.

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