A study on architectural elements of space identity : Atakule
Akşehir, Tuğba Şeyda
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The study addresses the concept of space identity. Space identity, especially when buildings, which aim at diverse symbolic impacts, are concerned, need be studied through a comprehensive framework. Usually, space identity is studied by means of plans, formal composition, facades, etc, which actually address the important aspects of the image, rather than the identity of a building. Thus, historical, cultural and social significances of these elements and the social context of the building remain unexplored in conventional studies. In this study, in addition to such image forming elements, location, site and program are proposed and discussed from these diverse perspectives. These are essential theoretical foundations to the expression of intentions regarding space identity. The study also addresses the intended identity of spaces and changes in the perceived one in time. The changes of symbolic significances of these elements and meanings of the above mentioned elements of space identity are emphasized to discover reasons for shifting and degrading of status of identity. Within this framework Atakule is studied as a case, which allows exploring the proposed framework through viewing the elements as to their effects on appearance and perception of Atakule as a symbol of national identity and public space. It is concluded that although the image of Atakule did not change, the changes in tangible and intangible elements of space identity resulted in degrading in the status of the building.
public space and symbol
intentions and perceptions of identity
tangible elements of space identity