Assessment of Values Attributed by Stakeholders as a Basis for Collaborative Conservation of Güvenpark, Ankara

Elaslan, Sıla
Urban public spaces as heritage places require sensibilities both for meeting changing urban needs and comply with the legal and practical principles of heritage conservation. Especially, urban public places in city centers rapidly transform despite their historical features and significance in the collective memory and daily life of the urbanites. This transformation sometimes becomes controversial due to conflicting interests of the stakeholders and different values they attribute to the place. Therefore, it is important to meet different parties defending different approaches on a consensus to conserve these places. At this point, collaborative planning has begun to be adopted as a descriptive and facilitating approach in the conservation of cultural heritage. In Turkey, although the legal framework for heritage conservation is defined, the ‘urban’ characteristics can be prioritized over ‘heritage’ characteristics of urban public spaces, as we witness in the case of Güvenpark in Ankara. Güvenpark is one of the most significant urban public parks built in the Republican period as a continuing spatial element of Ankara. Along with its historic and symbolic importance, the park has gained new meanings throughout time as a public open space in the everyday life of the Ankarans. Güvenpark’s central location gradually led to the change in its urban form, meaning, and the park’s functional adaptation to new economic activities. There are ongoing discussions among decision-makers for the future of Güvenpark, each emphasizing different aspects of the place. Güvenpark’s conservation as an early Republican heritage place and its values attributed by stakeholders, however, have not been the focus of these discussions. It is therefore important to search for a common ground among the stakeholders to ensure the survival of Güvenpark. This thesis aims to analyze and assess the values of Güvenpark attributed by its stakeholders, as a basis for collaborative conservation of Güvenpark.


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Citation Formats
S. Elaslan, “Assessment of Values Attributed by Stakeholders as a Basis for Collaborative Conservation of Güvenpark, Ankara,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2022.