Rapid and illegal settlements in a mega city and its impact on drinking water reservoirs

Baykal B., Tanik A. G., SANISUNLU A.

30th IAHS World Congress on Housing, Coimbra, Portugal, 9 - 13 September 2002, pp.873-879 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Coimbra
  • Country: Portugal
  • Page Numbers: pp.873-879
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Population increase together with uncontrolled settlements, in the form of mass housing and squatter houses, constitute a major issue for cities in the process of rapid urbanization. High quantities of migrating population settling in unplanned areas with improper infrastructure at high densities lead to environmental deterioration. The case of the mega city of Istanbul is presented as an example, with the impact of unplanned settlements in the watersheds of drinking water reservoirs.