Students to read the city from Galata Tower

Students to read the city from Galata Tower

ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News
Students to read the city from Galata Tower High school groups have been invited to join “Reading the City from Galata” workshop sessions at SALT Galata that aim to examine urban spatial formations and the development process while initiating dialogue about urban cultural identity through the lens of Galata.

Conducted by SALT Interpretation, the workshops aim to construct a research-based and discursive environment for high school students through the examination of sociocultural strata, architectural structures and the economic dynamics of Galata.

The workshops have three stages: During the first stage, students watch a short informative presentation on the historical development of Galata; the formation of Karaköy Square; the role of the neighborhood in the city’s economy; and the expropriation and urban renewal projects from the first half of the 20th century to today. During the second stage, after a consideration of various readings on the district, the key points are determined on a map and students take a tour of the public buildings, residential apartments and hans around Bankalar Caddesi. In the final stage, participating groups create their own projects focusing on the changing social, architectural or economic structures of Galata over a period of three months.

In order to establish more sustainable and mutually valuable relationships among high schools, all participating groups are invited to present and discuss their projects at SALT Galata on the same day.
“Reading the City from Galata” workshops will be held at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters in the 2012-13 academic year. Each workshop will be limited to 10 participants.

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