Ankara (1929-35)/ Turkey: Modern Architectures in History

Akcan, Esra and Bozdogan, Sibel. Turkey: Modern Architectures in History. United States of America: The University of Chicago Press, 2012.
Akcan, Esra and Bozdogan, Sibel. Turkey: Modern Architectures in History. United States of America: The University of Chicago Press, 2012.

A part of the Modern Architectures in History series, this book looks into the iconic buildings in Turkey and the discourse of Architecture from when it started accepting foreign influences.

The timeframe here mostly focuses on the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire and the end of World War I, and the rediscovery of architecture in Turkey, with references to the Islamic and Ottoman roots, yet a balance in keeping up with concurrent architectural trends at the time. While most studies of Islamic art and architecture omit the most recent years of works, mostly being the modern and contemporary periods, this book combines the typical surveys of modern architectural pieces with a history of Turkey’s built environment.

As a whole, this book uses art and architecture to frame the culture of Turkey in the larger context of the world, and gives socio-political insight in addition to the culture references.

 

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