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Sustainability In Urban Renewal: A Case Study Of  The Oldest Historical Business District In Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In this study, I investigated sustainability in urban renewal through urban renewal components. I selected an area situates in both Emekyemez and Arap Cami districts’ boundaries in Beyoğlu which has got many particular urban renewal projects. The area restricts with urban renewal and gentrification projects around unless there is no urban renewal decision belong to the area. I assume that the area will be effected by recent urban renewal and gentrification processes close to study area which are, Cihangir, Çukurcuma, Asmalı Mescit and Galata. The area’s history started in 7th century B.C. The area maintains historical heritage buildings such as Genuese courtyard, Genuese houses, Genuese city wall and its gateway,and  Ottoman Bank Buildings. Genuese heritage is coming from 13th century and monumental bank buildings from late term of Ottoman Empire(19th century). My research question is that; the study area will be affected negatively by recent urban renewal and gentrification projects near the study area. My study hyposthesis are; real estate prices tend to increase, commercial sector tends to change and investments for transformation of this area will start and buildings can be sold. However, with using sustainability principles and taking measures, the  negative  effects of the surrounding areas can be reduced. The area can be redeveloped trustworthy if a good action plan is used for specific points of urban renewal process.

I discussed in my thesis how urban renewal can be achieved in the area with economical, socia , environmental and socio-cultural sustainability principles, and which measures can be taken in the area to avoid negatif effects of urban renewal practices from surroundings. One of the aim of the study in case area to discuss  sustainability  through recent physical and social status of the area.  The other aim of the study is improving strategies to avoid negative effects of urban renewal projects which restricted to the case area.

Using literature study, searching planning practices in the case area, comparing with other examples from world, scrutinizing documents, making interviews and quastionares, visiting and taking photos in different periods of the study area, the study was resulted. The result includes recent physical, legal, social status of the area, the effects of surrounding renewal projects. Lastly suggestions were constituted

about achieving legal, economical, socio-cultural and environmental sustainability for urban renewal in case area.

This starts with a introduction in which urban renewal, gentrification and commercial gentrification were determined and then sustainablity principles in urban renewal were discussed. I examined sustainable urban renewal samples carried out in business districts in the world. After it focuses on a case study, it introduces physical, legal and social aspects of case area. It goes on with a conclusion of aspects of case area and it ends with giving suggestion to achieve sustainability in the case area.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 101 p.
SoM EX, 2012-32
National Category
Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-101765OAI: diva2:549174
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Regional Planning
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Degree of Master - Urban Planning and Design
2012-08-09, 20:36 (English)
Available from: 2012-10-09 Created: 2012-09-03 Last updated: 2012-10-09Bibliographically approved

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