Strategies for creating inclusive urban spaces along the European shore of the Bosphorus

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The aim of this study is to integrate the basic concepts of “landscape urbanism” and the principles of universal design approach in order to achieve an inclusive “urban surface” on the seafront of the Bosphorus. This study may be described as a reinterpretation of the European shore of the Bosphorus, reintroducing the sea to the daily life of stanbul’s inhabitants. “Landscape urbanism” refers to the architecture of an “urban surface”, a continuous landscape accommodating all kinds of structures and activities to enhance human experience. Universal design is an approach that celebrates human diversity and is often defined as “the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design”. To achieve its goal, this study focuses on the concept of “urban surface” and the related design strategies described by Alex Wall, which might help to create inclusive environments. In this way, it attempts to put forward a framework for the implementation of universal design principles to urban scale. It not only evaluates the strategies of landscape urbanism from the perspective offered by the universal design approach, but also attempts to make a contribution to the common brainstorming about shaping the seafront of the Bosphorus.


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Citation Formats
A. Özer, “Strategies for creating inclusive urban spaces along the European shore of the Bosphorus,” M.Arch. - Master of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, 2008.