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Mapping Istanbul: A Study of the Structural and Spatial Preconditions for an Inclusive Participatory Planning Process in Istanbul
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The rapid urban transformation that is happening in Istanbul is creating large consequences for the social, economic and cultural life of the concerned neighbourhoods. Global economic forces and neoliberal ideas is affecting the planning approach in Turkey. The consequences of the recent transformation is among other things large-scale displacement of people of the lower social class to newly constructed building complexes in the periphery of the city. These areas are less suitable for living and people moving there lack the possibility of keeping the quality of life at the same level as they used to have while living in the city, in their original community of neighbours. This phenomenon, and other consequences of large urban transformation projects, have resulted in strong criticism from urban planners, academics and activists.This thesis is examining the possibility for participatory planning as a method to reduce the consequences of the current urban transformation. It also highlights the structural preconditions for participatory planning and explains the forces that is affecting the current planning approach and what consequences this approach have on both people and space. The thesis investigates the role and the influence that the planner has in the planning process and the possible changes that can turn the existing process into a more inclusive one. This is examined through comparing interviews with academics in the urban planning field and theoretical studies. A small experimental trial of participatory character is also done in the chosen case study area Fener Balat.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 132 p.
Keyword [en]
Keyword [sv]
Teknik, Urban, participation, transformation, Turkey, social movement
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-54742Local ID: bab3b967-9942-4572-a608-b132fbbeae25OAI: diva2:1028124
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Student thesis, at least 30 credits
Educational program
Architectural Engineering, master's level
Validerat; 20150518 (global_studentproject_submitter)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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