Assemblage Thinking and Tacit Knowledge in Knowledge Era Urbanism


Abstract The purpose of the study is to reconsider ontological and epistemological approaches cities of 21th century. This reconsideration, chronologically, is about the shift between the industrial era and the knowledge era, ontologically is about city concepts between them. This study also aims to underline two epistemological concepts, tacit and explicit knowledge in the context of this chronological /ontological shift. The study starts with Lefebvre’s philosophical inquiry in 1960’s which was basically a comparison of the Greek City and the modern day city of that time. Afterwards, until today, there has been many critical changes with advent of information Technologies. The concept of ‘’Assemblage’’ invented by Gilles Deleuze and the idea of assemblage urbanism derived from it is used as a conceptual frame for the comparison of our era and the previous era’s. Contextually critical urbanism aspect is related with the industrial era and the assemblage urbanism is related with on the knowledge era. Thus, by comparing these two approaches, the study reveals the differences, and develops a new understanding of today’s cities.