Dynamics of public urban waterfront regeneration in Istanbul, the case of Halic Shipyard Conservation

Dynamics of public urban waterfront regeneration in Istanbul, the case of Halic Shipyard Conservation

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120

In the process of globalization, building on the particular spatial scenery of the waterfront, cities refresh their strategies of development to adapt new trends of urban life with huge urban waterfront regeneration (UWR) projects. This aspect is depending on bigger changes in the urban context, the shift in government structures to entrepreneurial forms that involve externalization of state functions. The rationale behind the phenomenon of UWR and the global embracement of it is still incompletely understood as the relevant literature is based on North American and European case studies. The goal of this article is to contribute to the theoretical contention of UWR projects in developing countries by studying the case of Istanbul with the Halic Shipyard Conservation Project (HSCP). The theoretical framework derives from the discourse on new forms of urban governance that influence planning processes and project outcomes and indicators of evaluation include: the legal framework, decision-making process, actors, and their relations. Both primary and secondary data are collected through literature review, review of laws, land-use plans, an internship, 31 interviews, 91 questionnaires, participatory observation. Urban waterfront regeneration in the context of Istanbul reveals the same features of the popular contested cases of North and Western examples. The leading factors are an entrepreneurial government and also a national policy on urban regeneration. The strong and constantly growing opposition is not only the resistance to this particular UWR project, but it leads to a bigger picture of urban regeneration actions in Istanbul, realized through a top-down approach to planning, creating major social and economic impacts. HSCP is a UWR project made for a public interest, but the rights of the future users are lost in un-transparent planning processes, behind a fight between the government and strong opposition parties gaining ground of governance landscape.

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Serin Geambazu

Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urban Planning

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Serin Geambazu

Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urban Planning

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3. Terrain vague redevelopments

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6. Urban policies

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