A quality of life perspective to urban green spaces of Ankara

Bingöl, Ebru
Urban green spaces are one of the layers of urban pattern. The urban environment is created through the complex relationships between natural, social, economic, and politic dynamics. Similar to the urban environment, as a produced landscape, characteristics of urban green spaces vary according to the social, economic, cultural and ecological context of urban society. In the last few decades, the “quality of urban life target” included in the sustainability approach, has became an important touchstone to increase the quality of urban environment in today’s world; with its tendencies of covering of perpetual subjective values and in addition to objective conditions to identify “individual’s satisfaction” as a target the by, of keeping its evaluation scope broad and holistic, and of deriving supporting the daily life practices which derive from participatory processes. Among the quality of life perspective, urban green spaces are interpretated in a holistic and broad framework in boundaries of their contributions to the inhabitants’ well-being through their physical, social, economic and ecological links with life in a broad scale spectrum ranging from individual level to city scale. In today’s urban environment, Ankara’s urban green spaces are planned by the responsible agents within a narrow framework; separated from urban and urban life, lacked of this multi-scale and multi-dimensional perspective, stucked in the sectoral targets of institutions. At this point, the study identifies the priorities and conditions to re-establish a well-functioned planning process for the green spaces of Ankara with a particular attention to quality of life.


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Citation Formats
E. Bingöl, “A quality of life perspective to urban green spaces of Ankara,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2006.