Local identities on change: urban waterfront regeneration in global city Istanbul, the case of Bedretting Neighborhood

Local identities on change: urban waterfront regeneration in global city Istanbul, the case of Bedretting Neighborhood

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With the demands of the new- service-oriented global- economy almost every city at water's edge is engaged in regeneration projects with strong political impetuses and interest from various parties. The article is studying urban waterfront regeneration (UWR) as a complex urban intervention, specifically its special governance, resistance, and impacts on the neighboring tissue, which could be considered a prism through which broader societal transformation processes and related planning challenges can be understood. The case brought forward is the recent UWR project along Halic, in Istanbul, and the analysis of the process from the neighboring community’s perspective, Bedrettin Neighborhood. Both primary and secondary data gathered comprise literature review, review of laws, land-use plans, media articles, 31 interviews with stakeholders, 91 questionnaires with the community, participatory- observation, workshops, and an internship. UWR 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 projects in Istanbul, realized through a top-down approach to planning, creating major social and economic impacts. One may argue that only through a change towards a more inclusive planning approach, along with clear targets for the improvement of the quality of life for the neighboring community, the UWR project will be able to escape the current deadlocks and collisions between government, investors, resistance and local community and might have a chance to actually set an urgently needed precedent of new planning culture in Istanbul.

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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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Preferred Track

6. Urban policies

Second Preferred Track

7. Urban competitiveness and social challenges

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