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