Role of design control on urban form: Ankara-Çayyolu

Ceylan Kızıltaş, Aybike
In Turkey while the production of urban space is based on individual plots in the nner areas of the city, urban peripheral areas face development based on the cale of urban block or neighbourhood. Although such a development pattern carries potentials to produce qualified urban forms, it is mainly characterized with its fragmented structure and lack of public spaces. Thus, aim of the thesis is to explain the deficiencies and potentials of design control practice in Turkey, specifically in peripheral areas. Evaluating the contemporary approaches in design control, the thesis provides a theoretical framework that elaborates the procedural and substantive dimensions of design control. It is proposed that the interrelation between the dimensions of design control cannot be conceived without considering the ways of control on private property. Therefore, the peculiar characteristics of Turkish design control -which is mainly derived from property relations- is evaluated within the framework provided in the theoretical part through a procedural and morphological analysis of Çayyolu area. It is argued that design control in Turkey, focusing on quantitative dimensions of urban form, disregards qualitative aspects that necessitate the consideration of elements of urban form and their morphological characteristics. Finally, it is claimed that urban design problem in Turkey cannot be reduced simply to the domination of private interests in planning process but it is actually a matter of planning understanding which suffers from its poor insight on the idea of design. In this respect, a reconstruction of planning mechanism around the focus of “design control” is a necessity for an effective public control on private property.


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Citation Formats
A. Ceylan Kızıltaş, “ Role of design control on urban form: Ankara-Çayyolu,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2010.