(Re)production of industrial terrain vague: The case of the national textile factory in Adana

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Approval Date: 2020

Student: Gözde Güldal



In this thesis it is aimed to reveal a value model that can be referred to be able to reevaluation of the abandoned industrial assets which are industrial heritage, in the urban context. The main purpose is to construct a holistic approach for preservation and improvement of the abandoned industrial assets. In accordance with this purpose, the situation of abandoned industrial assets is expressed as industrial terrain vague, because of their values in the historical process in one hand and their obsolescence on the other hand. Spatial trialectic of Lefebvre clears up the required space inquiry for reproduction of industrial terrain vague in the basis of values. Accordingly changing dimensions of the industrial space (mental, physical and social) from genesis till presence of industrial terrain vague are examined. At the end, a cultural value model is presented which is supported by Lefebvrian analysis method. In this context Milli Mensucat Fabrikası [the National Textile Factory] which is in the old industry district at the city centre of Adana has been chosen as the research area. The factory, which is constructed in 1906, abandoned in the 1990s step by step and reserved for preservation in 2013, is examined with its environs. Factory and its environs are examined at five different time intervals based on the changes happened in mental, physical and social dimensions and different value gaining or value losing processes are seen. A new criticizing vision based on cultural value model is constructed for the reproduction of abandoned factory.