The Story of Istanbul's Modernisation

Tekeli I.

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN, no.203, pp.32-39, 2010 (AHCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.32-39
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Since reform started under Ottoman rule in the early 19th century, Istanbul has undergone a substantial period of modernisation that has spanned more than 150 years. ilhan Tekeli outlines the metropolis' enduring development, characterising Istanbul's transformation into a modern city into four distinct periods. It is a story that bridges the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the reconstruction of the Turkish Republic as a nation-state, with the initial demise of the city in favour of Ankara; and continues with Istanbul regaining its status as a world city; as it evolves from a monstrous industrial city to an urban region and global centre.