Architectural mimicry, spaces of modernity: the Island Casino, Izmir, Turkey
Gurel, M. O.
The Journal of Architecture
165 - 190
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This article looks through the lense of an entertainment building in Izmir, Turkey, within the larger framework of modernity and identity in order to scrutinise ways in which cross-cultural influences are mediated. The programme of the building is conceptualised as a social structure and its aesthetics as a cultural form, which work to connect localities to the processes of modernisation and westernisation in the Turkish context of the 1950s' era. The analysis exposes how the edifice operates as a spatial structure that influences cultural norms and Western behaviour through practices of entertainment and architectural design, simultaneously serving as a medium through which people could perform and express their modernity.