Intervening to urban decline by urban design tools in divided cities: Lefkoşa

Özdemir, Sıla
Urban decline in walled cities has been condemned to be a significant phenomenon in different fields as political economy, urban design, city planning and urban sociology. The aim of the study is to determine the association between physical urban space and social urban space in declined walled cities and handle the fact of urban decline in a two dimensional point of view by examining both the social space and physical space as well as the part and the whole in an integrated approach. The integration of social policy and urban design in walled cities is a new issue in urban planning that this study puts arguments on the analysis and solutions to urban decline by respecting both social and physical space via the case study of the Walled City of Lefkoşa. The main aim of the study is to determine whether urban decline can be solved or prevented via urban design tools. In order to sustain the sole aim, the features and causative forces of urban decline are investigated. Afterwards, solutions to urban decline including the role of urban design are investigated in general context and in historical urban quarters respectively. To narrow down to focus of the study, the research is concentrated in the concept of wall, the types of walled cities, their decline features and solutions via urban design approaches. Under the light of mentioned research findings, the decline and urban design features of the walled city of Lefkoşa were discussed. At the end, the study suggests further recommendations in terms of urban design to prevent urban decline for the walled city of Lefkoşa.


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Citation Formats
S. Özdemir, “Intervening to urban decline by urban design tools in divided cities: Lefkoşa,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2014.