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Reintegration of a fragmented historic urban core: Sungur Bey mosque market area, Niğde

Günay, Burcu
Historical city centers contribute to the formation of urban identity and helps to keep urban memory alive with regard to the building stock and the way of life they reflect. However, urban interventions which have taken place as a result of the social, economic and cultural changes, threaten the unique qualities of historical city centers by causing them to disintegrate. The main subject of the thesis is conservation and reintegration of the fragmented historic urban core of Niğde by preparing a preliminary environmental design project. It covers conceptual background on the conservation of historic urban areas, together with analyzing some European examples. Based on this background, the historic core of Niğde is reviewed through its historical development, planning and conservation activities and general characteristics. After the remaining historical parts of the city are analyzed, one of them, Sungur Bey Mosque Market Area, is selected as the case study. The market area has a unique historical link with the past and significance of the area is evidenced by many monumental buildings. Evaluating urban characteristics of the Sungur Bey Mosque Market Area, a preliminary environmental design project is aimed to produce in this thesis.