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Revealing the values attributed by the inhabitants in historic urban landscapes: the case of Sivrihisar, Eskişehir in Turkey

Gedik, Kaan
Value of a place as a part of conservation process cannot be fully understood without considering local users. Giving priority to relationship of the local people with the place where they live has a crucial role for the sustainability of conservation process. Besides, it is a contemporary worldwide issue. Pioneer organizations in conservation of cultural heritage field give importance to this issue in their declarations and researches. In Turkey, although there are legal necessities for participatory planning, there is no legislative regulation for inhabitant-oriented value assessment in conservation planning process. Therefore, at the end of this process, there might be some losses from the cultural assets that local people give importance. In this study, the instruments and methodologies to reveal what local people value are discussed in case of Sivrihisar, Eskişehir in Turkey. Social surveys prepared to reveal these values are directed to the local people of Sivrihisar. Purposefully chosen 46 people participated to the social surveys. The answers of the respondents are evaluated in terms of the relation with the place. This study demonstrates the contribution of local people to the conservation of historical urban landscapes by the participation of them in the value assessment process.