Understanding the Sense of Place in the axis between Alaeddin Hill and Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi Museum

Bala, Havva Alkan
June 2012
Global Built Environment Review;6/1/2012, Vol. 7 Issue 3, p44
Academic Journal
The aim of this study is to provide "sense of place" in the city by means of following the changes in a case study -- a main axis between Alaeddin Hill to Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi tomb and museum in an historical city. The case study is in Konya, Turkey, in the middle of the Anatolia. The two landmarks are Alaeddin Hill, which had great military and political importance when Konya was the capital of Anatolian Seljuks, and the Mevlana Celaleddin Tomb, which is the symbol of the city. To create a pedestrian road between two major landmarks has been planned since this axis has a sense of place with historical public buildings belongs to different periods as well as traditional residential buildings. However, urban changes and urban design process has caused annihilation in that axis. If urban design decisions are taken ignoring the historical value of residential buildings, cultural inputs and meaning of the space based on memories and experiences, the sense of place disappears like in this example that has the potential of producing creating general results.


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