The effects of local conservation capacity to the maintenance of historic city centers as a governance process : Gaziantep and Şanlıurfa case study area

Belge, Burak
In Turkey, although there are many similar implemented or ongoing conservation interventions, some of historic city centers are in better condition than other ones in terms of urban conservation. Conservation discourse describes the conservation of historic city centers as a shared and sustaining responsibility of various actors. At that point, locality is essential because of near and directs relations with historic environment. However, there are basic problems to develop a synergy based on shared responsibilities of local actors in historic centers. Therefore, the study focuses on the question of “What is the role of local conservation capacity in the maintenance of historic city centers as a governance process”. The study essentially discusses two issues, local conservation capacity, which is determined as an amalgam term of capabilities of local authority and local community, and urban maintenance, which is used in widening context to determines not only rehabilitation projects, but also interventions of local community let to survive of historic buildings. The method of the study is established as a comparative structure bases on case study researches. Comparisons are made between varying levels of local conservation capacity to determine their relations with success in urban maintenance. As a result, in defined context, the historic city centers of Gaziantep and Şanlıurfa are studied as case study areas to evaluate success in urban maintenance as a function of local governance in terms of local conservation capacity.


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Citation Formats
B. Belge, “The effects of local conservation capacity to the maintenance of historic city centers as a governance process : Gaziantep and Şanlıurfa case study area,” M.Arch. - Master of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, 2012.