Mixed-use high-rise [residential] complexes: a new urban form(ation) in İstanbul

Aslankan, Ali
Following Industrialization and Modernization processes, Globalization allowed the capital to manifest itself in every aspect of daily life and spatial practices at the end of the twentieth century. As separate functional bodies; work, leisure and accommodation are reorganized according to the will of the capital and obtained new spatial dimensions and forms. Financial agglomerations in the form of Central Business Districts (CBDs) and recontextualization of leisure/shopping as an urban activity in the form of Malls would be critical evolutions in the built environment. Concurrently, a new generation of housing is rising in the urban life. Mix of uses in urban schemes is clearly popular and described as a necessary criterion since 80s and especially 90s with New Urbanism movement. The primary concern was creating lively, healthy and sustainable neighborhoods. Within this framework, a new Urban Form is generated in stanbul which brings together these functions in one project including office towers, residential blocks and a Mall. Since 90s, accumulation of political and economic circumstances prepared the foundational basis for this spatial formation via city scale urban renewal projects and interventions of private/international investments in the construction sector. As a result, last decade highlighted a major transformation in the urban pattern of residential stock. This dissertation hypothesizes that Mixed-Use High-Rise Residential Complexes (MU-HR-[R]-Cs) are organized as capital oriented objects of the metropolis and produce the new urban language by executing contextual transformations in the configuration of city-house-user relationship in stanbul. While providing micro-scale imitations of city-life by combining a strict selection of urban functions; the spatio-contextual notions of planning are dissociated from the conventional historical trajectory in order to create these new urban forms. As a result, the nature of MU-HR-[R]-Cs are individually processing their program and compartmentalizing the urban fabric. Moreover, these projects target house and user relationship by contextually reducing the meaning of “home” and validating the new context by spatially reproducing it. Consequently, this study aims to investigate and critically analyze the foundational basis, contextual and spatial components, and articulation of MUHR-[R]-Cs as a new urban formation and city-object in stanbul through a series of case studies.


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A. Aslankan, “Mixed-use high-rise [residential] complexes: a new urban form(ation) in İstanbul,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2014.