Culture on the Map

The public space we see in Gezi Park

Image: 

Once more, triggered by a people’s revolt, we discuss public space. What is it, how is it build, manipulated, designed, questioned. Public space materialized in the street, in the need to reclaim politics as belonging to us all. The recurrence of the word polis. 

With the recent events in Turkey, and specifically in Istanbul with Gezi Park, it was no different. 

Here are some links to articles using the recent example of this park, or that directly reflect through it, for a larger discussion on what is it, after all, this we call “public space”. 

The articles are all in english

Uncube

http://www.uncubemagazine.com/news/9890183

Abitare

http://www.abitare.it/en/non-pedigreed-architecture/gezi-park/

http://www.abitare.it/en/weight-of-dreams/near-istanbul/

Arkitera 

http://www.arkitera.com/gorus/index/detay/architectural-codes-of-a-revolution/404

Society of Architectural Historians 

http://www.sah.org/publications-and-research/sah-blog/sah-blog/2013/06/11/learning-from-taksim-square-architecture-state-power-and-public-space-in-istanbul

Pelin Tan “The practice of Urban Citizenship”

http://tanpelin.blogspot.nl/2013/06/a-practice-of-urban-citizenship.html

Pelin Tan for Domus magazine

http://www.domusweb.it/en/news/2013/07/10/_event_architecture_resist_istanbul.html