Informal Public Networks: A Case Study of Beyoğlu-Istanbul

By Işıl Çokuğraş.

Published by The International Journal of the Constructed Environment

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Subcultures, informalities, minorities and marginalities are notions that are either neglected or tried to be wiped out by the administrative authorities. However they play a major role in publicization of the public space which suffers a crisis due to control and over-designing today. The paper discusses the dynamics of these socio-spatial systems and how they are located in the urban context, following the case study of Beyoğlu, Istanbul. The phenomenological study of Beyoğlu indicates that this particular place is the main junction of the informal spaces of various groups, thus a special case of publicity. The study depicts how these informal patterns, interweaving into the urban structure, are being cleaned off the urban memory as well as the urban texture. The research reveals the city’s process of constructing its own “other”, and rejecting and expulsing it. However it should be understood that these informal public networks are the main source of continuous production and creation of meaning in the urban life, contributing to the genesis of the city; thus they should be preserved in the multi-layered metropolis in order the city to provide a lively habitat rather than just a display window.

Keywords: Public Space, Informality, Spatial Networks, Urban Transformation, Beyoğlu

The International Journal of the Constructed Environment, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp.65-80. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.939MB).

Dr. Işıl Çokuğraş

Research Assistant, Department of Architecture, Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey

Graduated from Istanbul Technical University, Department of Architecture in 2005, Işıl Çokuğraş has completed her M.Sc. in Architectural Design at the same University in 2008 with the thesis “Public Space Networks in the City: Beyoğlu Case”. She continues her academic work at Yildiz Technical University, Department of History and Theory of Architecture as a PhD Candidate. She has worked in archeological excavations, architectural design and restoration projects, and researches related to the history of architecture. She has published articles on urban transformation, subcultures and history of architecture. She recently works as a research assistant at Yildiz Technical University, Department of History and Theory of Architecture.