IGLUS Quarterly, vol.6, no.1, pp.14-20, 2020 (Non-Refreed Journal)
While planning literature includes substantial attempts to decipher actor and governance structures in regeneration practices, there is a need to address idiosyncratic conditions by bridging theoretical responses and the ramifications of real-life experiences. This article addresses this gap by examining two urban regeneration projects in Istanbul. By analysing insights from informed practitioners (i.e. central government and metropolitan-level housing providers, local municipalities, and NGOs) and residents, it presents the motives behind the regeneration decisions of the Ayazma-Tepeüstü and Sümer cases. The article then suggests a set of regeneration policies and principles incorporating empowerment, governance, and democracy literature to foster more just outcomes from regeneration practices around the world.