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The Making of Modern Ankara: Space, Politics, Representation

University of Westminster

Friday, 23 November 2012 from 14:00 to 19:00 (GMT)

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An international symposium organised by the Department of Architecture at the University of Westminster in conjunction with SOAS Seminars on Turkey


The making of modern Ankara is a momentous yet oft-neglected episode in twentieth-century history. The transformation of this ancient Anatolian town into the capital of the Turkish Republic captured the world’s attention during the interwar period, when Ankara became a laboratory of modernism and nation building.

Largely designed by European architects, the new capital embodied the reformist ethos of a secular state firmly projected towards the West. Today, as this sprawling city of over four millions seeks to reinvent its identity, its modern development is the subject of growing scholarship and public interest.

The half-day symposium brings together a panel of scholars from architecture, planning, art history, heritage, and Turkish studies to revisit the making of modern Ankara in a cross-disciplinary perspective, while also debating its legacy on the eve of the Republic’s 90th anniversary.

The event will be followed by the launch of Building Identities, an exhibition about Ankara’s Republican architecture curated by the Turkish Chamber of Architects.


Friday 23rd November, 2012

2-7PM (followed by exhibition opening and reception)



Room MG014

School of Architecture and Built Environment

University of Westminster

35 Marylebone Road

London NW1 5LS

United Kingdom

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35 Marylebone Road

NW1 5LS London
United Kingdom

Friday, 23 November 2012 from 14:00 to 19:00 (GMT)

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