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Sat, Jan 13



Yunt Talks #3: Pınar Erkan

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Yunt Talks #3: Pınar Erkan
Yunt Talks #3: Pınar Erkan

Time & Location

Jan 13, 2024, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

YUNT, Hasanpaşa, Fatih Blv. No: 33, 34920 Sultanbeyli/Istanbul, Türkiye

About The Event

This speech, which will discuss the city through the transformation of Istanbul in its history, will focus on the city's II. It deals with the restoration and construction process that started after the conquest by Mehmet II, the developments until the 18th century, and the reflections of the westernization process on the city.

We see how the political and economic changes in the 19th century, especially the Tanzimat reforms, affected Istanbul and led to major changes in the architectural, urban and administrative structure of the city. In this process, while the traditional texture of the city was preserved, new building types emerged.

It is understood that the historical texture of Istanbul is like a palimpsest that changes in layers, and understanding and solving the city is only possible by understanding and interpreting these layers.


Pınar Erkan is a faculty member at Istanbul Gedik University, Faculty of Architecture and Design, Department of Architecture.

He received his master's and doctorate degrees from Istanbul Technical University, Department of Architectural History, in the 19th century. He received his name for his studies on "non-Muslim and missionary schools" in the 19th century.

In his studies, he focuses on 19th century architecture and urban history, early 20th century Turkish architecture, and the architectural and urban history of Istanbul, especially Kadıköy and Galata-Beyoğlu.

Giving lectures in the field of architectural history at ITU Faculty of Architecture as well as Gedik University, writing a column in Gazete Kadıköy, preparing and presenting the architectural program "From Wood to Concrete, from Mecidiye to Jetona", which has been broadcast on Açık Radyo every Tuesday morning for nine years. continues its activities.

Reading/Source Recommendations:

  • Erkan, P. (2019) "The Changing Built Environment and the Identity of Istanbul on the Bosphorus Coast from the 19th Century to the Present,"Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Islamic Heritage, FSMV University, Istanbul.
  • Çelik, Z. (2015)Changing Istanbul. Istanbul: İş Bankası Cultural Publications.

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