Tradition along the edge: The land walls of İstanbul

This study explores centuries-long spatial patterns along the old city walls of Istanbul-Land Walls. Being the edge of / in the city since the 5 th century, Land Walls and their near surrounding have been occupied by particular spaces and types. Unlike the complicated urban history and enormous urban implementations, some of these spaces and patterns have transmitted for centuries in the urban fabric of Istanbul. In spite of recent plans, projects and regulations that intend to domesticate the mural landscape, the sacred places, cemeteries, bostans and flow spaces still characterize the inherited landscape along the Land Walls.
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F. Baş Bütüner, “Tradition along the edge: The land walls of İstanbul,” Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review Working Paper Series, pp. 2–21, 2015, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: