Increasing walkability in public spaces of city centres: the case of Tunali Hilmi Street, Ankara

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2011
Ghadimkhani, Parisa
Liveability and walkability have recently become one of the major policy topics in the agenda of many cities all over the world because of the negative effects of car-oriented urban developments that have impoverished physical, social, cultural, economic and environmental values of cities. In Ankara, however, the urban development policies based on the decentralization of the city centre and inner city, the impoverished public transportation services and infrastructure, the increasing car-dependent development and the neglect of pedestrians accessibility within the urban public spaces in last twenty years have decreased the walkability and therefore liveability of the city center. This thesis aims to investigate the notion of ‘walkability’ in urban space, specifically in urban public space, and to identify the measures of ‘walkability’. By employing a case study method, it examines how far Tunalı Hilmi Street (THS) - one of the major high streets and public spaces of Ankara - is a walkable street and identifies the positive and negative factors which effect its walkability capacity. The analysis on THS is carried out through six measures of the walkability: safety, orientation, attractiveness, comfort, diversity and local destination. Based on the findings of the investigation, this thesis gives recommendations which are practical and which can be implemented on the design of the case study area, as well as on the public spaces that are similar to THS in Ankara or other cities. Key words: Liveability, sustainability, walkability, public space, urban design, Ankara, Tunalı Hilmi Street

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P. Ghadimkhani, “Increasing walkability in public spaces of city centres: the case of Tunali Hilmi Street, Ankara,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2011.