Musealization as a strategic component of urban transformation in 21st century Istanbul
Osterlund, Paul Benjamin (2013) Musealization as a strategic component of urban transformation in 21st century Istanbul. [Thesis]
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Musealization can be defined as the process by which an object is removed or detached from its original context or setting for its exhibition in a museum-like manner and environment. In the past decade, Istanbul has been the site of various urban transformation projects that are carried out using musealization as a strategy to conceal or disguise their non-consensual nature. This thesis analyzes several of these cases, most of which are unique to Istanbul's Beyoglu district and have occurred in recent years or are presently taking place. These cases exhibit processes of musealization that are implemented for three objectives: the encroachment of public space, the proliferation of consumption spaces, and the displacement of low-income/marginalized residents from centrally-located areas. These themes are analyzed within the context of Istanbul's rapid population growth as well as its ever-increasing role as a financial center and tourist destination.
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