Asli B. Germerli

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Spring 5-2016




architecture, ottoman, recovery, typology, globalization, cultural identity




Architectural History and Criticism | Cultural Resource Management and Policy Analysis | Historic Preservation and Conservation | Urban, Community and Regional Planning


Developing countries around the world are coping with rapid population growth, the negative effects of globalization and the resultant political stress. Many of these cities have unique historical heritages and cultural identities that are being compromised by the monoculture and sameness of architecture that has come along with globalization. To preserve this historic fabric and cultural legacy, these cities must be willing to shape their future through self-expression driven by the local context. Yet, change is inevitable. The challenge is to find a balance between safeguarding the historical heritage while building new layers of history. In brief, the challenge is ‘‘how to become modern and return to sources,’’ as Ricoeur has pointed out.

This thesis intends to draw attention to the Hans District, located on the historic peninsula of Istanbul, a historical preservation site as declared by UNESCO in 1985. For the preservation of the district, it is crucial to make certain the conservation of the classical Ottoman Han typology within the district together with its existing unique commercial identity.


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