Urban Compactness A Study of Ankara Urban Form

Since the last decade of the century, the ongoing search for a model of sustainable urban form has given way to an old new idea: compact cities. With the emergence of a new consciousness of urbanism, a clear argument that compactness is an essential feature of urbanity has gained validity. The vision of compact urban form, similar to those seen in early phases of human history, may seem to be just a nostalgic reaction to late-modern urbanism. Yet a close look at compact city models allows us to demonstrate the real performance of the concept in a spatial context like in terms of mobility. ?Urban Compactness? is an attempt to cover all relevant aspects of the compact city policy from early modern urbanism until today, amidst the ideological antagonism between centrism and decentrism. Relating the question of compact urban form to its historical, social, and political background, the book offers a broad framework on the issue to be discussed in the case of the master planning history of Ankara, the capital city of Turkey. This book is for all readers who are interested in urban policy and design in relation to the basic formational characteristic of cities: urban compactness.


Urban compactness : a study of Ankara urban form
Çalışkan, Olgu; Günay, Baykan; Urban Design in City and Regional Planning Department (2003)
Sustainable urban development is mentioned together with the concept of urban form in contemporary planning literature. The main reason behind this is a need for determining an ideal physical development scheme and its main principles of urban future in a broad term. Besides, the operational side of urban planning requires a concrete set of design codes in order to transform urban space in both macro and mezzo scale. At this point, the concept of urban compactness and the idea of Compact City have come into...
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Ulus, the historic city center of Ankara, has been experiencing a steady urban obsolescence process, which threatens the cultural values inherited from prehistoric civilizations to the early republican period and the ongoing urban life in the quarter. Although there are many concepts in the literature that defines urban depression in cities, such as urban decline, blight, and shrinkage, they all have nuances in their theoretical background in terms of causes and effects. In the case of Ankara city and Ulus ...
Citation Formats
O. Çalışkan, Urban Compactness A Study of Ankara Urban Form. 2009.