Transformative Impacts of High-Speed Railway (HSR) Stations on Urban Space: The Case of Ankara HSR Station

Songulen, Nazli
Memluk, Nihan Oya
Urban transformation became one of the premises on the urban agenda in Turkey, which was accelerated with the introduction of the neo-liberal policies in the 1980s and became apparent in the 2000s as rapid and massive urban transformations mainly held by macro-scaled public investments. In this regard, high-speed railway (HSR) systems, newly introduced to the Turkish case, appear as one of these macro-scale public investments. In this context, the European literature on HSR development projects reveals that the economic value of these transformations are prioritized while the use-value is often neglected. Thus, this paper attempts to put forth a new framework focusing on the components of use-value of HSR station development projects: diversity of uses, publicness, urban image as a gateway and historicity. In addition to this, a preliminary research is conducted to analyze the expected transformative impacts of the Ankara HSR Station Area Development Project regarding the train station's use-value. The results of the study shows that there is a need for an integral approach, balancing both the economic and use value of the train station areas to manage the spatial transformative impacts of HSR station area development projects.


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N. Songulen and N. O. Memluk, “Transformative Impacts of High-Speed Railway (HSR) Stations on Urban Space: The Case of Ankara HSR Station,” 2014, p. 279, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: