A comparative research on participatory practices in Istanbul and Amsterdam

Şanlı, Ekin Güneş
Citizens and representatives of local governments have developed a growing consensus on the desirability of citizen participation. Citizen participation is an important tool to generate creative solutions to the problems and challenges in cities. New forms of citizen participation in urban planning and design represent a dramatic shift in citizen engagement. There are differing perceptions between local governments regarding citizen participation in practice. Local governments emphasize designing citizen participation processes and finding ways to support and strengthen it. This highlights an important shift that is now taking place in the way citizens are engaged. In fact, we are moving from a representative democracy and toward a more interactive democracy which citizens take a more active and direct role to develop solutions for cities. There are different practices for engaging the public in planning and design; however, not all of them reach agreements and tangible results. Such practices may affect citizen satisfaction with participatory planning, depending on how they are implemented. This study examined how to reframe citizen participation practices for spatial development based on emerging global practices. The research investigates the processes of participation practices and collaborative city design tools by revisiting the examples to such practices and tools in Istanbul and Amsterdam. The thesis analyze these two cases and compares them in terms of processes and the intended outcomes of these processes.


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Citation Formats
E. G. Şanlı, “A comparative research on participatory practices in Istanbul and Amsterdam,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2022.