Process and participation in legal regulations of urban regeneration: the case of Zeytinburnu, İstanbul

Çiçek, Hüseyin
High risks imposed by natural hazards, and changes in economic, socio-cultural and technological conditions compel Turkey to transform its cities rather than promote growth. In this respect, urban regeneration became a significant concern demanding a comprehensive and integrated vision and action. Turkey will have to focus on regenerating the built environment in the near feature, rather than follow conventional trends of city-extension development. As scope and methods of urban regeneration planning differ from that of development-planning, a special legal framework and process for urban regeneration is required. The development of comprehensive urban regeneration policies to coordinate physical, social and environmental issues, together with relevant procedural steps, all accommodated within a legal framework are today the most challenging problem in urban planning. To identify the needs in detail, procedural and legal aspects of Zeytinburnu Urban Regeneration Project one of the current urban regeneration projects, related laws and draft laws, and experience abroad are comparatively reviewed here. The main finding is that the procedural steps and legal arrangements of recent regulations represent single-minded understandings of the scope of urban regeneration. There are tendencies of centralizing the powers of implementation, relying only on physical regeneration as a linear process, discouraging all forms of participation. The recent regulatory attempts in special laws concerning regeneration, as well as in laws of ءdevelopment̕, ءlocal administrations̕ and ءmunicipalities̕ need to be modified in their procedural and legal provisions. Local authorities can be charged to designate regeneration areas at 1/5000 city master plans which could be coordinated by changing an article within Development Law (3194). Tasks and responsibilities for comprehensive regeneration


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Citation Formats
H. Çiçek, “Process and participation in legal regulations of urban regeneration: the case of Zeytinburnu, İstanbul,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2005.