Evaluation of sustainability performance of urban regeneration projects: the case of the north entrance of Ankara urban regeneration proect

Korkmaz, Cansu
Since the 1980s, many urban regeneration projects have been implemented in different kinds of urban areas, such as city centers, housing areas, old-industrial and harbor sites, historical heritage sites. During the last two decades, following the growing attention on urban sustainability, the link between sustainable development and urban regeneration has been strengthened. Urban regeneration projects are attempted to be integrated with social, economic and physical principles of sustainable development. Although, urban regeneration is an important strategy to improve the social, economic and physical conditions in declining cities, the implementation of urban regeneration concept in Turkey has brought about various problems. This thesis aims to evaluate how far urban regeneration projects in Turkey are successful in terms of finding sustainable solutions to the problems in deteriorated urban areas by using sustainability indicators. Ankara has the first examples of urban regeneration projects in Turkey. The North Entrance of Ankara Urban Regeneration Project is one of the most comprehensive projects in terms of implication process and size. Moreover, it is the first and the only project, which has a specific law. When compared to other regeneration projects, the project is mostly completed. Therefore, this thesis focuses on the North Entrance of Ankara Urban Regeneration Project with the aim of examining its sustainability performance through an indicator-based approach. Based on the results of the case study research, policy implications to improve the sustainability performance of regeneration projects in Turkey will be developed.