Methodology and database requirements for urban regenerration action planning : the case of Zeytinburnu, İstanbul

Burnaz, Ahmet Mert
As a result of the disregard of governments̕ direct urbanization policies for more than 50 years, most of the settlements in Turkey today demonstrate sub-standard environments and unauthorized developments subject to severe natural hazards. Turkey will have to focus in the near future on the renewal and regeneration of cities built over the past six decades, rather then sticking to urban policies solely devoted to extend new urban areas. The production of legal instruments and urban policies to facilitate the new policy of regeneration in physical and social terms, seems to be the most challenging issue facing urban planning. Urban regeneration planning aims to produce strategies and policies concurrently devoted to maintain physical rehabilitation and social transformation in built areas. For this reason, urban regeneration planning requires legal tools, regulations and methods different then those of conventional development planning. A new approach to urban regeneration planning is the development of urban database systems. These sytems are discussed here by means of a model developed for the case of Zeytinburnu. This model is prepared by organizing and developing the urban databases produced by local governments and international institutions for Istanbul integrating natural conditions, physical assets, and the social characteristics. This requires a new set of ءAnalytical Studies̕ approach. The main obstacle in urban database system in Turkey is the lack of legal arrangements. New regulations are needed to describe the organisation and principles of database management in technical and administrative terms. Other implications are that an entirely new generation of urban planners need to be trained, improvement of expertise on database management, database use and updating protocols. Such systems could also constitute an essential instrument of public


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Citation Formats
A. M. Burnaz, “Methodology and database requirements for urban regenerration action planning : the case of Zeytinburnu, İstanbul,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2004.