Architecture Publications

Campus Units

Architecture

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Accepted Manuscript

Publication Date

2-2017

Journal or Book Title

Space and Culture

Volume

20

Issue

1

First Page

56

Last Page

67

DOI

10.1177/1206331216646058

Abstract

This article examines the history, use, and significance of the Turkish Tea Garden or Cay Bahcesi, positing that these gardens offer unique democratic spaces for public discourse set within the polis. The article unpacks the historical, cultural, and symbolic features of these gardens, and the role these shared spaces play in Turkey’s multivalent civic environment. It employs Ray Oldenburg’s notion of “third space” to consider how these gardens provide inclusive settings for a culturally diverse citizenry. Furthermore, the article considers how these spaces act as repositories of shared memory, mediating conflict that appears in other societal spheres. The gardens are presented as uniquely “sacred” third spaces, distinct from the “profane” third spaces characterized by Oldenburg.

Comments

This is the accepted manuscript of an article published in Space and Culture 20 (2017): 56–67, doi: 10.1177/1206331216646058. Posted with permission

Copyright Owner

Sharon Wohl

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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