City life and architecture at the thresholds: the case of Yalova

Aydın, Rümeysa
While this thesis on city life and architecture reconsiders the quality of life between buildings, it draws attention to the often overlooked potential of architecture in many contexts where city spaces have lost their livability. Accordingly, it aims to rediscover the vital role of architecture in urban life through threshold spaces and highlight its socially initiating and shaping effect. From this point of view, the study primarily provides an overview of the city and urban life related to the qualities of the built environment. In particular, it creates an insight into the effectiveness of building edges and threshold spaces in defining, sustaining and improving urban life. On this research ground, the study seeks answers to its questions through an urban investigation, tracing city activities and spaces in the light of specific design principles. Compact, unpretentious, but lively coastal city Yalova represents the constant social need for urban life and urban threshold spaces, with the familiar cityscapes it offers from its daily life. Correspondingly, the threshold spaces and their uses, shaped by need, spontaneously and various methods, provide the opportunity to rediscover their positions and impacts in urban life, most simply and genuinely. As a result, these threshold spaces are significant formations that reveal the role of architectural space in the urban context and the potential of architectural action. Thus, Yalova city observations prove how vital and indispensable threshold spaces can be, and therefore architecture, for a city and its effective functioning. The real question, in that case, is how to introduce “new” threshold spaces into the built environments today.


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Citation Formats
R. Aydın, “City life and architecture at the thresholds: the case of Yalova,” M.Arch. - Master of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, 2022.