Intervening with landscape: a tool for urban conservation the case of Yahşibey, Bursa /

Arslan Sönmez, Gökçe
Historic urban sites are complex heritage places with various tangible and intangible values. Due to the ongoing life, they are subject to continuous change, which can lead to partial or total loss of their heritage values. Hence, urban conservation aims at developing responses to the changes in historic urban sites, while sustaining their tangible and intangible values. As for all the interventions in heritage places, urban conservation interventions should follow the main principles of 'reversibility', 're-treatability' and 'minimum intervention', as much as possible. Besides, when the results of the interventions are visible and perceivable in as quickly as possible, then their impact on the rehabilitation of the historic urban site is quicker, while they can act as generators of the conservation process. At this point, when compared to the interventions on private properties and built-up areas, intervening in public spaces and open areas are always easier and quicker to start with and operate with, due to their being under public ownership in the majority of the cases. Besides, their outcomes are visible in a shorter time and thus, they can act as generators of the urban conservation process. Accordingly, 'landscape interventions' in historic urban sites appears to be important tools with high potential to generate the urban conservation process in historic urban sites. However, although there exist some examples of landscape interventions in heritage places of different categories and scales, comprehensive study and integral consideration of landscape and conservation does not exist in conservation discipline. Hence, the aim of this thesis is to make a comprehensive assessment of the utilization of landscape design for urban conservation and develop responses with landscape interventions to the changes in historic urban sites as a contribution to their conservation process. Accordingly, the process, method and terminology of landscape interventions for urban conservation are proposed, which are then implemented on the case of Yahşibey Quarter in Bursa. The thesis concludes with defining principles, strategies and actions of landscape interventions for contributing the conservation of Yahşibey Quarter, as a historic urban site. This thesis reveals that intervening with landscape in historic urban sites can be considered as an invaluable tool for urban conservation.


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Citation Formats
G. Arslan Sönmez, “Intervening with landscape: a tool for urban conservation the case of Yahşibey, Bursa /,” M.Arch. - Master of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, 2016.