Analyzing the relationship between political power and architecture in terms of political party headquarters using space syntax method

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Istanbul Technical University, Mimarlık, Mimarlık, Turkey

Approval Date: 2019

Thesis Language: Turkish

Student: Mina Hazal Taşçı

Supervisor: Mehmet Emin Şalgamcıoğlu


Political power is as old as human existence and embedded in social texture, which means it is innate to society itself. Contemporary theories about political power are asserting that, power is performing ─and being performed─ everywhere within the society latently. Likewise, architecture cannot be dissociated from social structure. Therefore, social practices become an intersection between power and architecture. This intersection defines a dynamic domain that produces a reciprocal relationship between political practices and architectural productions. It is not a coincidence that especially when extraordinary power mechanisms are working in a society, architectural productions tend to be evaluated as power's action. Therefore the main hypothesis of this study is that, there is a latent relationship between power and architecture that is innate to social structure; which can be identified by analyzing spatial configurations.