Understanding urban intervention as a translational activity A case of the Yeldegirmeni neighborhood

Ayhan A. , Demirel E. B.

TRANSLATION SPACES, cilt.7, ss.202-218, 2018 (ESCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi)

  • Cilt numarası: 7
  • Basım Tarihi: 2018
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1075/ts.18004.ayh
  • Sayfa Sayısı: ss.202-218


This article aims to examine Yeldegirmeni, a historically multilingual and multi-cultural neighborhood in Istanbul, as a translation zone. The language landscape of Yeldegirmeni, along with its social and cultural texture, has been transformed by both social and political changes in Turkey, and as a result of urban interventions by institutional and individual actors. We discuss the Yeldegirmeni Revitalization Project and Mural Istanbul Festival as urban interventions that transform the social and cultural texture of the city in translation zones, owing to the significant role played by cultural mediators. Yeldegirmeni is analyzed as a discourse in the context of cultural translation, and urban intervention is viewed as a medium of translation.