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Value assessment for cotton-based industrial heritage in Adana

Aynal Arcı, Elvan
The cotton-based industrial sites that effected urban development of Adana since the middle of the 19th century, were being persisted in the city center due to the extension of the urban area. Vast majority of cotton-based industry sites, that varying types of production occurred, having diverse area sizes and locations, and built in different periods, were ceased production or/and demolished. The three of the current sites were registered as cultural property and only one of them is being conserved. These conditions show that industrial heritage and heritage values are not appreciated adequately. This study aims to determine the heritage values of industrial sites at the study area, within ‘value assessment of cultural heritage’ and ‘industrial heritage’ conceptual frameworks. To reach this aim, following the research and examination of the conceptual framework, research and field studies were done to collect information about the case study. The study area was determined according to the distribution of industrial sites that were densely located in the urban area. The industrial sites were identified and building sheets were produced as inventory in this study. Due to varying characteristics of the sites, they were analyzed by classification and mappings of these classifications. Later present sites that ceased functioning were selected and examined regarding the buildings on these sites. Finally, cultural heritage values were defined within the light of these research and analyses, in order to guide decisions and studies about the conservation of cotton-based industrial heritage in Adana.