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Tezler: “İstanbul Şehir Silüetinin 1950 Sonrası Değişimi”

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Ebru Şevkin, “Transformation of the Istanbul skyline since the 1950s”/ “İstanbul Şehir Silüetinin 1950 Sonrası Değişimi”, İstanbul Teknik Üniversitesi, Yüksek Lisans Tezi, 2017.

Without a doubt, Istanbul skyline which has been one of the key identifiers of the city through its
long course of history, was transformed significantly after the 1950s with the aggressive
verticality of the high-rises. Following the globalization of the world economy, numerous cities
around the world faced with a rapid transformation concerning their distant image. Istanbul’s
unique physical characteristics vividly reveal and further dramatize the alterations in the skyline.
Even though it is a widely spoken phenomenon, the subject of urban skylines is relatively an
unexplored research area. In the case of Istanbul, discussions revolve around the question of
whether the image of Istanbul skyline is broken or not. The thesis documents the development of
high-rises starting from the 1950s up to today and discusses the transformation of the skyline as
the visual correlative of the changes in the social, political and economic structure of the city as a
subject of architectural history. In this regard, this study aims to contribute the existing literature
on the architectural history of Istanbul in the post-Second World War period, and addresses the
subject of urban skylines as a tool to study urban history of Istanbul. In order to achieve its aim

the study documents the historical development of high rises in the city and subsequent
transformation of the skyline. The rapid and intense alterations were studied via skyline views
observed from publicly accessible vista points. The transformation was documented based on
certain time intervals that caused significant transformations in the city’s built environment. The
analysis vividly indicates that the new layer on the skyline represent a turning point in city’s
urban history. The skyline of Istanbul historically shaped by religious and governmental authority
has now a new layer representing the financial power parallel with the city’s new role in the
global world order while dramatically transforming the traditional outlook. Regarding the
skyline‟s ability to convey messages about a city and the unique physical features of the Istanbul
further dramatizing the impact, transformation of Istanbul skyline deserves to be studied by
different academic disciplines and professionals and from a multidimensional perspective.

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