Assessing the change in Ayvalık as heritage place reasons, motivations, results

Tuğrul, Selen
Cultural heritage which is a set of values inherited from past, is a dynamic concept that progress, develop and adapted in time. Cultural heritage that is constituted with the dynamic relationship between place and people, needs to be enhanced holistically to conserve whole intrinsic value within heritage places. Recently, in parallel with the global trend, heritage places have started to generate more attraction in Turkey. Particularly, historic buildings and quarters in cities have been gradually gaining more popularity in society. Thereupon, this growing interest put pressure on heritage places in cities. Since, historic urban areas subjected to rapid change which is stimulated by conservation activities undertaken. In a similar manner, Ayvalık has gained popularity in short time and engaged in a rapid change. Rapid changes pose threat to the local character of heritage places in city, tangible and intangible values among that place. Regarding the irreversible damages on cultural heritage, it is needed to understand the underlying reasons and mechanism stimulated interest towards historic environment and lead to changes. In this research, it is aimed to observe the process of change in Ayvalık and to assess the underlying dynamics and results of the change. Main consideration of this research is to understand the formation of change and assess the dynamics that leads to rapid change threatening local values. In order to evaluate the change, qualitative research has been conducted and by means of in-depth interviews conducted by newcomers and local agents underlying dynamics on individual basis, reasons and motivations have been analyzed. 


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Citation Formats
S. Tuğrul, “Assessing the change in Ayvalık as heritage place reasons, motivations, results,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2017.