College of Environmental Design alumna Ipek Türeli (Ph.D Architecture '08) recently published a book titled Istanbul, Open City: Exhibiting Anxieties of Urban Modernity (Routledge, 2018). The book discusses the manner in which urban theory tends to focus upon certain Euro-American metropolises in the nineteenth and earlier twentieth-centuries, whereas non-western countries are considered through the lens of Westernization and development.
Istanbul, Open City seeks to highlight cultural creativity by examining the diverse and shifting ways Istanbulites have defined themselves while they debate, imagine, build and consume their city. Focusing on a series of exhibitionary sites, from print press/photography, cinema/films, and exhibitions of architectural heritage to theme parks and museums, the book explores the links between these popular depictions through shared practices of representation. In doing so, it argues that understanding how the future is imagined through images and interpretations of the past can broaden current theoretical thinking about Istanbul and other cities.
In addition to authorship, Türeli is an Assistant Professor at the Peter Guo-ua Fu School of Architecture at McGill University in Montreal. Türeli is also a 2016 Canada Research Chair in Architectures of Spatial Justice. The Canada Research Chair program was created to encourage the emergence of world-class researchers across Canadian universities. Individuals are selected for this distinction for being outstanding researchers and for being acknowledged by their peers as a world leader in their field.
You can read more about Istanbul, Open City and purchase the book here.