“Strategic Vision, Field Studies in UNESCO Areas of Cultural Heritage in Istanbul, and Suggestions for an Action Plan” Project, jointly prepared by İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Directorate for Cultural Heritage Protection, BIMTAS and İstanbul Şehir University Center for Urban Studies aims to holistically examine İstanbul with a protective point of view and preserve the historical centers.
With the primary goal of examining, evaluating all the fields of study, and offering new suggestions according to te results, this project will study an area of Fatih, Uskudar, Eyup and Beyoglu in İstanbul. In the first phases of the project, strategic aim, vision, mission and other goals will be determined; in the second phase historical processes of İstanbul will be considered, spatial development of İstanbul will be generally investigated and evaluated under the conservation framework. In the second phases, a detailed study will be conducted in the historical field of Süleymaniye, Zeyrek, Sultanahmet and Kara Surları in the UNESCO World Heritage Areas.
Primarily, strategic objectives, vision and mission will be determined by the project team. In the second stage historical processes of İstanbul will be considered and spatial development of İstanbul will be examined as a whole, including examples of cultural heritage from the World, particularly Spain and Italy, will be analyzed. 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. All the consequences and data obtained from the workshops will be collected as a report and printed as a book.
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 as well as using methods and suggestions increasing life quality and perceptibility.
All the phases of the project will be reported by the project team. Under the light of the data obtained, a set of solutions will be offered for the World Heritage Areas.