Towards a more socially inclusive urban space stimulated by sports : the case of 19 Mayıs Sports district, Ankara

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The thesis puts forward the problematic situation in the very urban center of Ankara with an analytical method to investigate the roots of several problems. Building its argument on historical facts, in depth observations, and political, social, and urban analysis, it proposes a rational basis for the rehabilitation of 19 Mayıs Sports District, mainly focusing on the means of elevating the physical quality through the capacity of “social inclusion” concerning the sports activity settings and places in the region. All in all, the basic argument stands on the belief that the spatial basis of the 19 Mayıs Sports District and the neighboring urban tissue around it might be re-defined and rehabilitated, if only its “historical”, “political”, “ideological”, and “socio-cultural” bases are redefined. Therefore, the study searches for rehabilitation of the “19 Mayıs Sports District” in Ulus, Ankara, by adapting and integrating “sports” with other cultural collective practices, and defining it as an alternative “life-style” for citizens. Because the district lays on the second division of Atatürk Culture Center Region, a “sports culture” and its policy should be defined and designed for to amend that division of the region by preparing a principal master plan for the region and for the division.


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Citation Formats
N. B. Bican, “Towards a more socially inclusive urban space stimulated by sports : the case of 19 Mayıs Sports district, Ankara,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2009.