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The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul: The Emergent Unfolding of a Complex Adaptive System
International Journal of Islamic Architecture
  • Sharon Wohl, Iowa State University
Document Type
Article
Publication Version
Accepted Manuscript
Publication Date
1-1-2015
DOI
10.1386/ijia.4.1.39_1
Abstract
The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul offers an example of a physical environment containing specific districts that have emerged over time. This paper theorizes that the Grand Bazaar exhibits the characteristics of a Complex Adaptive System. Then, it considers specific urban elements found in the Bazaar, in light of complexity theory, to see how these facilitate processes that lead to the emergence of contiguous districts. This study repurposes Kevin Lynch’s categorization of urban elements to provide a useful framework for discussing complexity theory. This research is further informed by economic analysis derived from Evolutionary Economic Geography, which examines the emergence of business clusters.
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This is the author’s accepted manuscript of an article from International Journal of Islamic Architecture 4, no. 1 (2015): 39–73, doi:10.1386/ijia.4.1.39_1. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner
Intellect Ltd.
Language
en
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application/pdf
Citation Information
Sharon Wohl. "The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul: The Emergent Unfolding of a Complex Adaptive System" International Journal of Islamic Architecture Vol. 4 Iss. 1 (2015) p. 39 - 73
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/sharon_wohl/1/