Çiğdem Canbay Türkyılmaz, Ana M. Moya Pellitero, Emrah Türkyılmaz, Josue da Silva Eliziario

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.26687/archnet-ijar.v7i2.171


The international workshop “Golden Horn Urban Rehabilitation, Reinventing a Productive  Landscape” was hosted at Istanbul Kültür University (IKU), Turkey, during the dates of  the 4th to 11th July 2011. It counted with the bilateral collaboration of Istanbul Kültür University (IKU), Yildiz Technical University (YTU), Instituto Superior Manuel Teixeira Gomes (ISMAT), in Portugal and Studiomeb. The case study was located in the estuary area of Golden Horn, in Istanbul, and it was centred in the neighbourhoods of Balat, Fener and Hasköy, which are in an advanced process of urban and architectonic degradation. The paper presents our educative research methodology inside the program GreenEngines, developed during three years of continuous collaboration, and shows the  results of our international research cooperation in this specific case study. Our pedagogic research method uses the principles of landscape urbanism, landscape planning, and environmental planning. Our research aim, specifically for this workshop ws to educate students on the professional responsibility to create new sustainable   planning alternatives for urban rehabilitation in deteriorated urban areas, and specifically, in the case study of Golden Horn in Istanbul. Our research questions were centred in how to preserve and protect the multicultural and multifunctional character of Golden Horn, evaluating its built and socio-cultural heritage, together with how to regenerate the physical urban tissue, reinventing a new productive landscape. Our research statement considered that to achieve a sustainable urban rehabilitation, it was necessary that the  planning proposals should adapt to the cultural landscape and the local environment, creating a multifunctional character with different actors involved in the same urban context.


Sustainable planning; urban rehabilitation; productive landscapes; urban agriculture; architectural heritage; cultural landscape; multifunctional space; water fronts; World Heritage Sites

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