Waterfront revitalization: a new challenge for urban development

Bütüner, Funda Baş
This thesis aims to evaluate waterfront revitalization process, which have been experiencing in the world from 1960s, to discuss the issue in terms of Turkish coastal cities and revitalization of their waterfronts. Being an interface between land and water, waterfronts are critical and most changed urban areas in maritime cities. Specifically port zones, which are the main concern of this study, have experienced a significant transformation period from industrial and port facilities to recreation and tourism related uses. In the mid of 20th century, as a result of the changes in maritime technology, modes of production and urbanization process, port activities shifted from city centers to outer city zones leaving waterfronts as abandoned and derelict urban lands. These lands have been revitalized by great urban development projects that became the major issue of urban design and planning in 20th century. Although, such projects have many successful impacts in the physical, social and economical structures of contemporary cities, they have also some controversial results. In this term, this thesis is based on mainly two arguments. First, such projects are far from reflecting the unique properties of a waterfront land - the land sea interface- and secondly, projects that were implemented in different world cities become standardized and homogenized. As Turkey is newly confronting with this process - Kadıköy Square Haydarpaşa Harem Urban Design Competition, International Urban Design Idea Competition For The Port District Of İzmir and Galata Port Project for Sahpazan-, arguments derived from the international case studies may be valuable for Turkish cases.


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Citation Formats
F. B. Bütüner, “Waterfront revitalization: a new challenge for urban development,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2003.