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Istanbul's urban and historic development documented

ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News | 9/23/2010 12:00:00 AM |

An exhibition titled “Istanbul 1910-2010: The City, Built Environment and Architectural Culture Exhibition” is currently running at Santralistanbul.

An exhibition titled “Istanbul 1910-2010: The City, Built Environment and Architectural Culture Exhibition” is currently running at Santralistanbul.

Realized jointly by Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture Agency and Istanbul Bilgi University, the exhibition portrays the last 100 years of Istanbul’s urban development.

The themes of the exhibition are the impact of Istanbul’s growing population over the last century, settlement prospects on the built environment and socio-cultural domains are shown according to the historical themes and terms of the exhibition concept.

The project is an urban exhibition that inhabits an interactive space over maps displaying the social-spatial transformation which Istanbul has undergone in the last 100 years. The project also periodically reflects the historical processes of the last 100 years in thematic groups so that all layers of the city can be observed easily.

The social-spatial structures of the 100 years, consolidation and dissolving processes of social and economic geography and built environment, priorities in architectural culture and their change are all portrayed through maps, models, drawings and various visual communications devices. Individuals become alienated to the city and to themselves, as they cannot position themselves in an Istanbul facing rapid growth and transformation.

This theme is a complex that city museums of metropolises the world over are examining as an urban problematic. Though a European Capital of Culture, Istanbul still lacks a city museum to expose this situation and its consequences, and provide a platform to discuss the future vision of the city. In the absence of such a museum, this project is taking charge of exhibiting the urban and historic transformation of Istanbul over the last 100 years. All works exhibited in this project will be donated to the planned Istanbul City Museum.

The exhibition is open everyday except Monday, until Nov. 20.

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