Parameters of sustainability in urban residential areas : a critique of Temelli / Ankara

Kural, Nerkis
The important positions and proposals of the thesis are firstly the framework posited for a socially sustainable urban environment, and secondly a proposal for the parameters of place formation for sustainable urban design. Research into social sustainability has provided a variety of approaches among which Castells’ model for urban movements have been adapted as a matrix for social organization in terms of placemaking, highlighting the goals of an urban movement, in this case of a place, with the citizen as urban actor, against its adversary the historical actor. As for the parameters of place formation a matrix of place is developed as a tool for urban design and for measuring urban sustainability. The matrix delineates the six dimensions of place in terms of the three sustainabilities most strongly involved in each; to be measured by the indicators of sustainability which are to be achieved by applying various strategies for urban design. As a result of the study of the underlying dynamics of the paradigms of sustainability, place, and place-making, and the shifting role of urban design necessitated by problems of urbaproposed within a discourse that prefers to see the three sustainabilities in conjunction and, believes socially sustainable communities to be also environmentally and economically sustainable- the issue becomes how to facilitate a place process through urban design. Place as a social product, and place as an experiential, cognitive construct, place as object and subject of place-making, and place as a geographically specific, historical materialist formation are the four vantage points from which to inspect the juxtapositions and differences of the concept; and may be arrive at a theory of place. The predilection that sustainability and urbanization can be evaluated via placemaking stems, on one hand, from a study of the city/urbanization through the works of Harvey, Castells, Lefebvre and Bookchin who emphasize social space/process in the face of physical/geometric space; and an architectural background/disposition which finds place congenial on the other hand. The paradigm of sustainability and place, and place-making as urban design is applied to the case of Temelli, Ankara for a critique of sustainable/unsustainable urbanization. As a geographic, social, economic and historical location within the Greater Municipality of Ankara, Temelli has been a region of attraction for investors since the 1990s. What was once a small village planned for settling Balkan immigrants, became a municipality in 1994; the land within the municipal boundaries were increased tenfold, and the region was earmarked for an overspill of 650,000 people from Ankara Metropolitan Area in the next 20 years. Four residential areas in the region have been assessed comparatively in terms of sustainable urban forms; and an evaluation of everyday lives have been conducted through surveys and interviews with residents to observe how and if place as social product evolved; how the conceived, perceived and lived spaces interacted.


The transformation of urban space at the conjunction of the old and new districts : the city of Aleppo
Miroğlu, Ebru Aras; Sargın, Güven Arif; Urban Design in City and Regional Planning Department (2005)
The urban space is subjected to countless transformations depending on multiple reasons such as urban planning decisions, the administrative system and regulations. In this context, the aim of this thesis is to reveal the spatial transformation of an urban area at the conjunction of the old and new districts of a historical city. A morphological analysis method depending on quantitative and qualitative chaarcteristics will be utilized to understand its changing spatiality.
A research on design principles in historic built landscapes case study: Odunpazari, Eskişehir
Kıvılcım, Figen; Şahin Güçhan, Neriman; Restoration in Department of Architecture (2008)
In this thesis, the problem of the principles of new designs in historic built landscapes is discussed. In approaching the problem, a theoretical framework is developed and the general principles regarding new buildings in historic settings are derived from the theoretical context. Subsequently, the proposed principles is tried to be adapted to the case of Odunpazarı historic urban fabric. Finally, a Youth Center for a specific Project Area in Odunpazarı is proposed, and the integration of the proposal to t...
Spatial transformations of the waterfront-as an urban frontier case study : Durres a port city
Koçi, Valbona; Sargın, Güven Arif; Urban Design in City and Regional Planning Department (2005)
This thesis explores the spatial transformations of the waterfront اan urban frontier - of Durrës port city in Albania, within a predefined timeframe: before, during and after socialism. Within this framework, a special concern of the thesis is the examination of the impact of political, social and economic actors, as well as the morphological and geographic conditions, which occur when transforming the urban space and environment. Thus, the work is constructed on the basis of cause (urban process) ا effect...
Socio spatial dimensions of urban crime : Ankara case
Hatipoğlu, Hasan Belya; Şengül, Hüseyin Tarık; Department of Urban Policy Planning and Local Governments (2004)
The main objective of this thesis is to evaluate the question of urban crime and its relationship with the lower income groups in the cities by concentrating in the case study conducted in one of the deprived neighbourhoods of Ankara, namely Hidirliktepe. In the dominant conception on urban crime, there are two main assumptions; urban crime is partly an outcome of urbanization itself and the main actors of urban crime are deprived communities those living in the most deteriorated neighborhoods of the cities...
The transformation of old industrial district of Ankara and political actors
Saner, Mehmet; Cengizkan, Ali; Department of Architecture (2004)
This thesis is a monographic study to examine the transformation of the old industrial district of Ankara, which is yet incomplete. Investigating the significant reasons for its incompleteness, the study will concentrate on the intrinsic dynamics of this process, and particularly on such important contributions of its political actors. The aims of the study are to figure out the roles of political actors in urban transformations, and to evaluate the position of architectural production within such processes...
Citation Formats
N. Kural, “Parameters of sustainability in urban residential areas : a critique of Temelli / Ankara ,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2009.