Evaluating the potentials of neglected urban spaces in hıstorıcal city centres to acquire a sense of place: the Iskıtler Small Industry area in Ankara

Alpdemir, İbrahim
Old city centres that have been able to preserve their position as the cultural and economic heart of an urban hinterland, function as a centre for converging the city’s lifelines as well as acting as a reflection of its image. The spatial and perceptive quality of a city’s centre plays an important role in maintaining its vitality and ensuing an image of its own. This quality is defined by the term place and is a notion that can be perceived by the simultaneous stimulation of the senses. This is something that can be achieved by arranging the elements that will pave the way for its emergence. The process of creating a sense of place in an urban context is foremost linked to the success of its formal properties that can incubate social and economic complexities. The historic centre of Ankara, known as Ulus, contains certain portions where it is possible to see that most of these properties are non-existent and suffers from decay and neglect. The problem arises due to an inability to implement necessary urban interventions. As a consequence, these areas cannot contribute to urbanity as well as damaging the image and perception of the city. The north-west section of the Hacı Bayram neighbourhood in Ulus, once a part of what was known to be the Kazıkiçi Gardens (Bostanları), houses a low-density industrial complex known as the ‘Iskitler Small Industry’ and is an area that possibly faces the greatest amount of neglect in Ulus in spite of its potentials. This site will be subjected to investigation with an aim to firstly confront the issues that have caused its current predicament followed by the assessment of its current form and the ongoing urban transformation project in regard to principles of place making. Starting with the problems of the area rooting from its recent history and in relation to the greater urban context, the study intends to shed light on how these problems have caused a poor spatial quality, that is ramified into social instability, dysfunctionality, and visual distaste. Working on the subject area’s current relationship with Ulus and its future role within the urban core, this study forms a basis of evaluation aiming to contribute to its transformation.


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İ. Alpdemir, “Evaluating the potentials of neglected urban spaces in hıstorıcal city centres to acquire a sense of place: the Iskıtler Small Industry area in Ankara,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2023.