Residential Satisfaction in Urban Conservation Areas: Kadıköy Kurbağalıdere Example

Gürsoy Ö., Akıncı N. F.

ENHR-2019: Housing For The Next European Housing Model, Athens, Greece, 27 - 30 August 2019, pp.234

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Athens
  • Country: Greece
  • Page Numbers: pp.234


The transfer of the historic environment to the next generations is one of the most important responsibilities of the countries for protecting the city culture and urban identity. In İstanbul, with rural to urban migration in the 1940s, the city has entered a rapid expansion stage. In order to catch up with the housing demand in the city, formal and informal housing have started to be formed. This has brought about multi-dimensional problems in settlements. The transformation of informal houses into formal houses in time has not fully solved the problem. While the new areas were chosen as settlements, on the one hand, buildings within the historical areas in the city centers became attractive again and put them at risk. When looking for an identity in urban architecture, historical settlements are the key to the solution with their cultural background. The conservation of the historical soul of the city is a reference to the rapidly developing urban architecture. Social experiences and knowledge gained in historical areas are one of the most important values in a city. To preserve and reclaim of these values is aimed in an urban conservation area. Kurbağalıdere Ahmet Rasim Street, located in the Kadıköy district of Istanbul, has recently been declared as an urban conservation area with the aim of protecting the city's history from rapidly increasing urban transformation. The area consists of one or two stories detached and undervalued houses. In this study, the effects of preserving the characteristics of the area and the rapidly increasing high-rise public housing projects on the inhabitants were investigated. The interviews conducted in the area to examine the effects of living on an urban conservation area on residential satisfaction. Keywords: residential satisfaction, urban conservation area, İstanbul