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Strategic Vision, field studies in Unesco areas of cultural heritage in Istanbul, and suggestions for an action plan. 2015-2016

“This project was jointly prepared by Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Directorate for Cultural Heritage Protection, BIMTAS and Center for Urban Studies. It aims to holistically conserve four districts in the UNESCO World Heritage List in Istanbul, which are Zeyrek, Sultanahmet, Karasurları and Süleymaniye. In addition, it aims to offer new suggestions to the historical field of Istanbul, Fatih, Uskudar, Eyup and Beyoglu.

According to the progress of the project, primarily, strategic objectives, vision and mission will be determined by the project team and after that, spatial development of Istanbul will be generally investigated and evaluated under the conservation framework. In the second place, UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Areas, particularly Spain and Italy, will be analyzed in terms of management plans and conservation policies.

The main issue to be considered in the project is to be people orientated. Another important issues are to abide by the conservation strategies, cultural identities and increasing life quality. The methods used in the project are survey, interview and focus group. In addition to these methods, several workshops will be organized about the conservation of the cultural heritage sites. At the end of the project, all consecuences and datas obtained from workshops will be evaluated by the project team and lastly, they will be prepared as a report and printed as a book. ”


Typologies and Atlas of the Ottoman Cities (1450-1700), TUBITAK 3501.

The aim of this project is to reach a standard level of information about and typologies of the cities in order to study them in comparative perspective with both the Ottoman cities themselves and the other world cities. This requires identifying and mapping (via GIS tools) the common features of the cities first on the basis of data given in the primary sources and secondary sources and then to explore the cities’ distinctive, similar and different features in relation to other cities. That is what the project is aiming at succeeding by focusing on the existing studies on the Ottoman cities.

Project Coordinator: Yunus Uğur

The Impact of Spatial Configuration of Cities on Urban Growth and Retail Performance: Evidence from Spatial Networks of Istanbul and Ankara, funded by TUBITAK (2014-2016)

Squatters, fast-paced urbanization, urban transformation and sprawl have been some of the urbanization processes that shaped the urban structure of Ankara. In particular, in recent years, along with the economic policies and interventions of local and central governments, the land use has changed drastically. More specifically, the increase in number of large scale, mixed-use construction projects and mass housing investments changed the land use and daily behaviour of residents forever. For example, the Central Business District of the city has moved from Ulus to Kizilay-Kavaklidere-GaziOsmanPasa axis, and consequently to SogutozuCukurambar. This shift had a significant influence on urban development. The most responsive urban elements to urban change and spatial transformation are commercial unit locations. This study explores the urban change/transformation processes in Ankara using spatial distribution and locational change of commercial units. A large spatial database of active firms registered to Ankara Chamber of Commerce as of 2013 has been formed. Their spatial distribution by business type and opening date after 2000 are analysed to identify the impact of planning processes on the spatial distribution of commercial units in Ankara. This will be helpful to identify how urban planning and policies will alter urban growth patterns in the future.

Collaboration with Gazi University, Ankara, Project Researcher: Eda Yücesoy


A Database for Oral History and Model Oral Histories for Multicultural and Multispatial Istanbul (Joint project with BISAV), funded by Istanbul Development Agency, ISTKA (2015-2016)

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Türkiye Kent Göçleri

Towards a New Phase in Internal Migration Studies in Turkey: 1985-1990, 1995-2000

Migration Flows and Migrant Profiles”, with a duration of 30 months as of September 2011, funded by TUBITAK The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey )
The project aims to display, visualize, and map distinctive migration patterns in 1985-1990 and 1995-2000 data extracted from the Public Use Samples of relevant Census Data; as well as to detect similarities and contrasts in the social and economic profiles of migrants, and their modes of integration to major destinations. Large-scale inter-provincial migration matrices are reduced and reordered through relational stratification technique based on a recently developed conceptual solution model. It is hoped that the new methodology will be a significant contribution to the relational approaches to social sciences in general and migration studies in particular…
Global Migration

Global migration flows and dynamics: 1960-2000”, funded by Center for Urban Studies


Where do our Neighbours come from? Where do they all go?

Murat Güvenç’s project “Where do our neighbours come from? Where do they all go?” analyses how the relationship of neighbours, which depend on the accepted spatial togetherness of people from similar or different social groups and the dynamics that root the reorganization of these relationships, shape the social geography of the city. The study translates the complex data, which is derived from the invisible dynamics behind the city that we imagine to be a physical structure, into a language to be understood by anyone. It also leads the way for us to develop a perception that the city is a more complex whole than we have known.

1st Design Biennale Istanbul, 13.10-12.112.2012, Istanbul Museum of Modern Art.

Metropol İçi Hareketlilik 1995-2000



Workplaces in Istanbul: continuity and change in metropolitan central business district in the period 1900-2011” with a duration of 30 months as of September 2011, funded by TUBITAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey)

Istanbul had experienced turbulent and unexpected economic, political, social, and spatial changes in the 20th century. During this turbulent change and transformation process, İstanbul central business district have been restructured. The city sustained to be the center of commerce and economy. However, there is no detailed account and documentation on the continuous and changed urban economic activities. Despite the fact that there has been limited research on the development of producer services in the last decade of the 20th century, the urban economic geography of Istanbul is an uncharted territory.  Due to the lack of data and nature of the available gross data, a limited number of research can only partially analyze the urban economic structure…


Demographic, Socio-economic and Spatial Development of Greater Bursa, 1990-2010 Bursa Metropolitan Development Plan 2030, funded by Greater Bursa Municipality (April September 2011)