Building a legible city : how far planning is succesful in Ankara

Eraydın, Zeynep
Human environment perceptual relationships have significant effects on human psychology in urban spaces. The concepts of urban legibility and imageability concentrate on these relationships and define components to create livable places by organizing the physical structure. However, determining legibility components is not sufficient in order to define whether a place legible or not. This thesis explores Gestalt laws of perception can be used to re-define the relationships among legibility components by setting some guidelines. The main aim of this thesis is to find out how far planning is successful in creating legible environments which is evaluated by legibility guidelines set. The thesis also aims to explore issues that make an environment more readable than others. To this end, Çayyolu district containing several sub-districts which are recently developed by plans are examined in a comparable way. The result of the analyses show that the concepts of legibility and imageability are underestimated in planning practices in Çayyolu which is based on two-dimensional subdivisions of lands and three dimensional determination of bulks of structures. In other words, the Çayyolu district does not provide a legible environment and a whole structure for observers that their psychological needs should be met.


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Citation Formats
Z. Eraydın, “Building a legible city : how far planning is succesful in Ankara,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2007.