The Inclusivity of the Ottoman Bazaar Area in Istanbul as an Urban Museum

By Yekta Özgüven and Sila Durhan.

Published by The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum

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The classical Ottoman bazaar area of Istanbul in the Historical Peninsula, which includes inns, stores, shops and covered streets, is considered a historical and touristic “space”. However, it is also possible to describe this “urban space” as an inclusive museum with its diverse historical, architectural, cultural and social assets, such as the Grand Bazaar (Covered Bazaar), Beyazid Square (Old Palace area), Messe (main arterial road), Spice Bazaar, Ottoman inns, street fountains, and mosques. The space’s dispersed complexes can also be defined as museum collection items. This paper mainly discusses a site management plan that includes educational activities, exhibitions, cultural or artistic events and conservation-restoration works that can be conducted with an inclusive effort through the involvement of locals, business circles, governmental and non-governmental organizations, academics as well as site visitors. Consequently, a space for dialogue and an interaction area between the public and the city will be constituted through the bazaar area, which is considered here to be an inclusive museum.

Keywords: Ottoman Bazaar Area, Urban Space, Management Plan, Istanbul, Historical Peninsula

International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp.63-82. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 4.516MB).

Dr. Yekta Özgüven

Research assistant, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Interior Architecture, Maltepe University, Istanbul, Turkey

Yekta Özgüven received her B.Arch from Yildiz Technical University, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Architecture in 1999; MSc degree in 2002 and Ph.D. degree in 2009 in History and Theory of Architecture Program, Yildiz Technical University. She completed her Master’s degree with the thesis on “The Beginning Of Women Architects’ Career In Turkey (1934–1960)” and her Ph.D. degree with the thesis on “The Transformation Of Physical-Urban Conception Of Istanbul In The Period Of Mahmud 2nd”. She has worked as a research assistant in the Department of History of Architecture at Yildiz Technical University between 2002 and 2011. She is working as an assistant professor at Maltepe University in Istanbul. Her recent research areas include architectural history and theory, gender studies, Turkish women architects, Ottoman modernization, urban transformation, urban space, urban life and culture, and also Istanbul.

Dr. Sila Durhan

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts and Design, Department of Architecture, Doğuş University, Istanbul, Turkey

Sila Durhan received her B.Arch from Mimar Sinan University, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Architecture in 1998; MSc degree in 2002 and Ph.D. degree in 2009 in History and Theory of Architecture Program, Yildiz Technical University. She completed her Master’s degree with the thesis on the “Turkish Republic’s Participation in the International World Fairs (1930–2000)” and her Ph.D. degree with the thesis on “Urban Development of Istanbul in the Early Republican Period (1928–1950)”. She has been working as an assistant professor at Dogus University in Istanbul. Her recent research areas include architectural history and theory, architectural design, urban transformation, urban space, urban life and culture, and the city of Istanbul.

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