International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

An Example of Art-Culture Policy City : Eskisehir
Saime Dönmezer

Eskisehir is a Phrygia city which is known as Dorylaion in Greek and Dorylaeum in Latin in documents and in mediaeval era, located at the centre of important roads, famous for its thermal baths and prosperous in commerce.Dorylaion-Sahöyük had a major role in the Byzantine Empire defence against Seljuk Empire but it came under the dominance of Seljuks after the defeat of Byzantine Emperor Immanuel Kommonos by The Seljuk Sultan II. Kiliçaslan in 1176.Odunpazari,which is the first residential area of the current Eskisehir,was located in a hilly and earthquake-resistant area where there were mostly Ottoman houses.In time,it slided to a plain land and became a city with narrow avenues lack of aesthetics and greenery.It is impossible for a city in this position to breathe. Governments,shifting education systems,culture and art have had destructive effects on urbanization more than constructive ones.Every mayor has made some contributions but most of them remained passive in designing.The ones who had wide perspectives of art were prevented because of their politic visions.Still,there are some who worked hard for their cities,implemented their revolutionary designs and they will go on. It will bi given in this article with comparison that how Yilmaz Büyükersen shaped the surface of city with magic fingers, how redesigned it and how he carried his experiences from past to the future.

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