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The course covers critical reading practices, paving way to rethinking architecture and urbanization from different perspectives. The course content covers the transformation of the modern concepts vis-à-vis architectural and urban projects through their conceptualization and spatial processes in the context of cultural, social and economic policies, collective, cultural and urban memory, in particular.

The new master/doctoral course entitled politics of identity // identity of politics in the urban and architectural arenas explores the transformation of the modern concepts and their reflection of its social, political causes and results on architectural and urban fields;

The journey covers critical reading practices: it paves way to rethinking architecture and urbanization from different perspectives;

Architectural and urban projects will be re-interpreted in their conceptualization and spatial processes, and discussed in the context of cultural, social and economic policies, collective, cultural and urban memory, in particular.

Following the core lectures, few researchers are going to be part of the course with their talks.
Young colleagues are invited to be an active part in the critical journey with their weekly readings : each week a student is responsible to grasp and briefly introduce the primary reading.
A group work is welcomed focusing on the mapping / reading of a selected architectural / urban part of the city of Izmir.

A scholar-presentation is expected at the end of the journey, and an academic paper of 3000-3500 words is part of the final assignment. Its mid-term extended abstract will be reviewed and developed through our journey.

Tentative revised programme for Wednesdays, 13:30,
medium: via ZOOM / Microsoft TEAMS 

24.02.2020  Introductory meeting

03.03.2020 space -syntax workshop / Dr. Işın Can

11.03.2020 Politics of Identity: A contextual reading

25.03.2020 An introductory meeting: witnessing the paradigm shift and     a technological speculative projection for our journey

01.04.2020 An introductory meeting: witnessing the paradigm shift and     an speculative projection for our journey

08.04..2020 Politics of Identity 1: modern revisited
A re-reading through collective & cultural & urban memory: a theoretical    framework…

15.04.2020 Politics of Identity 2: Collective memory revisited
   How collective memory / architecture has been produced? 

22.04. 2020 Politics of identity 3: “Doing by demolitions” revisited in the framework of ethnic policies
(Ayvalık moonlight monastery & Ahrida synagogue Edirne & Vallaury’s Afif Paşa Mansion at Bosphorus)

29.04.2020 Politics of identity 4: the modern city and the ideal home revisited

06.05.2020  Politics of identities 5: “publicness & commons & cultural sustainability” in the post-intellectual / post-truth period.
   Modern fragments from everyday life in the 21st Century 

13.05.2020 Presentations of young colleagues……. 

20.05.2020  Presentations of young colleagues……. 

27.05.2020 national holiday week / preparation for final assignment

29-30.05.2020 50th mobbig meeting - a digital platform

   date for the final assignment will be announced

This course, on the city of İzmir, dwells on the special urban patches and aims at a research about the socio-cultural dynamics of the selected patches. Besides, it explores the forms and the proponents of space production and its relationship with the urban context. Investigating the changing perceptions and conceptions of inhabitants with the help of different media, the course aims to develop critical standpoints in understanding the materialities of urban culture. These critical urban studies are:

·         “to analyse the systemic, historically specific, intersections between capitalism and urban processes;

·         to examine the changing balance of social forces, power relations, socio-spatial inequalities and political–institutional arrangements that shape, and in turn are shaped by, the evolution of capitalist urbanization;

·         to expose the marginalizations, exclusions and injustices (whether of class, ethnicity, ‘race’, gender, sexuality, nationality or otherwise) that are inscribed and naturalized within existing urban configurations;

·         to decipher the contradictions, crisis tendencies and lines of potential or actual conflict within contemporary cities, and on this basis;

·         to demarcate and to politicize the strategically essential possibilities for more progressive, socially just, emancipatory and sustainable formations for urban life.” (Slater, T., 2010, Still Missing Marcuse: Hamnett's foggy analysis in London town, City)

Research Into Special Topics in Architectural Design I

Architectural Acoustics

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