Excellent review and explanation of the social import of the architecture of Topkapi palace
Tiago Neiva provided a fast-paced, fascinating, and comprehensive look into the history of the Imperial Ottoman Harem in the Topkapi Palace, including the nature and politics of the Ottoman harem culture and its social impacts, from the late 13th century until its ultimate decline in the early 20th century..
This was a vivid talk about life inside the Topkapi Palace and in general the joys and hardship in the harem system. Although not specifically oriented towards architecture this time, nevertheless the seminar pointed out the structural elements in the spatial organization as well as its hierarchy.
I have toured both these properties and found, in this presentation, much additional information and context of the buildings within the politics and norms of the day.
Enjoyed the lecture and learnt a lot about the harem and influence on design of the architecture. Great images and lecturer very knowledgeable. Would recommend highly.