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Towards a critical delineation of waterfront: Aerial photographs as evidence and record in Istanbul [ITU J Faculty Arch]
ITU J Faculty Arch. 2019; 16(2): 91-103 | DOI: 10.5505/itujfa.2019.36097  

Towards a critical delineation of waterfront: Aerial photographs as evidence and record in Istanbul

Gökçen Erkılıç, İpek Akpınar
Department of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, İstanbul Technical University, İstanbul, Turkey

This paper develops a conceptual agenda and a critical cartographic methodology using aerial photographs to monitor the shaping of waterfront as a geography in Istanbul by humans. Starting from the first aerial photographs of Istanbul until present, the gaze of the vertical dimension in geographical space holds divergent evidences of spatial transformation captured in aerial views. From construction sites to building of coastal roads, demolishing of port scapes and technological rifts of logistic flows, to large infills in longshore space; events and moments of spatial deformation of coastal space become visible and evident through aerial photography. Aerial gaze, when considered within an archeology of a developing military reconnaissance technology, is presented as an ironic tool to shed light to evidences and historical record of spatial transformation within an act of witnessing. Viewing coastal unfixity through aerial photographs are argued here to provide two different temporalities: longue and court dureé which operate in the eventual and geological time. As these photographs unveil, the material - geological body of the waterfront itself becomes the bearer of historical records of human and nonhuman relations that shape the coastal geography. The ground beneath is unfixed as it is pulled into a cartographic questioning tool of “critical delineation” of Istanbul’s waterfront. In the end, the waterfront is re-conceptualized and monitored as a dynamic geography. With this gaze, this paper suggests a debunking of oppositions of land and sea space to reframe the waterfront as an urban edge in the process of urbanization.

Keywords: Waterfront, Aerial photography, Critical cartography, Critique of urbanization


Gökçen Erkılıç, İpek Akpınar. Towards a critical delineation of waterfront: Aerial photographs as evidence and record in Istanbul. ITU J Faculty Arch. 2019; 16(2): 91-103

Corresponding Author: Gökçen Erkılıç, Türkiye


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