Urban Gateway Just a symbol or more

Physical planning and design literature is heavily dominated by the contemporary discourse on ‘urban sprawl’, ‘elusive metropolis’ or ‘edgeless cities’. One consequence is that many conventional notions of urban form now tend to be considered outmoded for contemporary urban strategies, such as urban gateway. The main aim of this paper is to elaborate on this view and to explore possibilities for updating the meaning of the concept in the current urban context. The paper examines the transformative connotations of the city gate as both artefact and idea. The concept is then related to the developmental history of Ankara, in order to develop a critical redefinition in a real case. The case discusses the emerging role of the urban gateway concept as popular discourse for a ‘radical urbanist’ approach within the capital city of a rapidly transforming country, Turkey.


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Çin, Tümay; Bilsel, Fatma Cânâ; Department of City and Regional Planning (2006)
Urban public spaces have always been subjected to physical, economical,social, political and cultural transformations of the city. These changing dynamics could cause decay in the spatial qualities and could also lead to a loss of values and identities of urban spaces, especially in public spaces. This thesis explores the qualities of a particular urban space in Istanbul: the Eminönü Square. Providing a guideline for the future urban design projects,the structure and the identity of the historical public sp...
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Baş Bütüner, Funda; Günay, Baykan; Erkal, Namık Günay; Department of City and Regional Planning (2010)
The major intention of this thesis is to introduce a new concept –urban fissure- to discuss the positionality and spatiality of city walls within contemporary urban milieus. Besides being an architectural defense structure, covering a considerable amount of land in cities, city walls have always been an important urban component. Land Walls has been a unique example of city walls that have existed for 15 centuries as an untouchable object in a metropolitan city like İstanbul. After the Ottoman Conquest in 1...
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Özdemir, Sıla; Yetişkul Şenbil, Emine; Department of City and Regional Planning (2014)
Urban decline in walled cities has been condemned to be a significant phenomenon in different fields as political economy, urban design, city planning and urban sociology. The aim of the study is to determine the association between physical urban space and social urban space in declined walled cities and handle the fact of urban decline in a two dimensional point of view by examining both the social space and physical space as well as the part and the whole in an integrated approach. The integration of soc...
Citation Formats
O. Çalışkan, “Urban Gateway Just a symbol or more,” JOURNAL OF URBAN DESIGN, pp. 91–122, 2010, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: https://hdl.handle.net/11511/46259.