Memory of the Capital
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VEKAM functions as the memory of Ankara with its library and archive, which contain rich information resources. Constantly improving its collection by acquiring all types of publications on Ankara, including rare books, VEKAM has managed to become the primary reference center for urban studies on Ankara.
The Ankara Orchard House located in Koç University’s VEKAM campus was built at the beginning of the 20th century. The Orchard House has been hosting the Semahat and Nusret Arsel Collection since 2007, and it is an important part of the identity of the city of Ankara. Starting in the 17th century, the inhabitants of Ankara spent the spring and summer months in their orchard houses and the fall and winter months in their city houses. As it is traditional in Anatolia, the inhabitants of Ankara differentiated summer and winter life, and they lead a life characteristic to Ankara.
The library and archive of VEKAM a Koç University research center in Ankara, operate at the ground floor of the Orchard House. The mission of the library and the archive is to gather and compile the visual and written documents concerning Vehbi Koç and Ankara, in line with the scientific methods and techniques concerning information and document management, and hence to become the memory of Ankara, supporting studies in fields concerning urban research in various disciplines.
The book brings to light for the first time the correspondence between Hermann Jansen, who undertook the urban planning of the capital city in the Early Republican Era, and the AnkarRead more