Author(s): Berrin AKGÃN YÃKSEKL?
The main objective of this study is to analyze the effects of discourse in the production of designed landscapes within the urban environment. The study concentrates on the social construction of space within the framework of Lefebvre’s spatialization triology and Foucault’s approach to power in order to investigate a public park as a tool for studying the emergence of order and power relationships in society. In this work, Lefebvre’s definition of spatialization is reconceptualised along with Foucault’s notions of power, knowledge and discourse. Additionally, Lefebvre’s ‘spatial practice’ concept was considered a ‘discursive practice’ providing a conceptual ground for the discussion of the problem. The problem is studied in reference to Atatürk Park in Bal?kesir, a small city and regional capital located in the western part of Turkey. Effects of discourse in the production and practice of space is analyzed by means of focusing on the two main rupture point of the history of Atatürk Park; which one is the production date of it in Early Republican Period and the other one is the reproduction date in 2007.