Reclamation of waterways in urban context: A study on Ankara Stream and Etiler Neighborhood

Ergül, Rakibe
The streams and rivers are significant determinants of urban form; however, today, they have become barely recognized in cities. Over time, the interwoven relationship between city and water has gradually been shifted and lost its significance. Since the 1960s, plenty of towns tended to restore and reclaim their waterways to avoid the ill effects of rapid urban growth, industrialization, and the alarming environmental crisis. Reclamation of the waterways has emerged as a growth strategy since the waterways are still an essential part of the urban fabric as flowscapes, enhancing the social, spatial, economic, and ecological urban networks. Ankara is a noteworthy case that exemplifies such a shifting relationship between the city and waterways. Thus, the present study focuses on Ankara Stream in the context of the Etiler neighborhood in Etimesgut, and aims to discover the possible potential of waterway reclamation in this particular urban context. To frame the conceptual ground, the thesis analyzes five reclamation projects and uncovers associated strategies: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, the Seine River Regeneration in Paris, the Grorud Valley Project in Oslo, the Cheonggyecheon Stream Regeneration Project in Seoul, and the Little Sugar Creek Daylighting project in North Carolina. Next, the thesis examines how Ankara and Etimesgut established the link with the streams throughout history. Accordingly, the study offers suggestions for the reclamation and restoration of the Ankara Stream in Etiler Neighborhood based on the studied precedents.


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Citation Formats
R. Ergül, “Reclamation of waterways in urban context: A study on Ankara Stream and Etiler Neighborhood,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2021.