The Potential of Istanbul's Unprogrammed Public Spaces

Ertas H.

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN, no.203, pp.52-57, 2010 (AHCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.52-57
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Istanbul recreates itself constantly. A continually evolving city, it can be likened to a living organism. As Hulya Ertas explains it owes much of its vibrancy and heterogeneity to its unprogrammed spaces. These create a blank canvas for the metropolis' citizens and their activities. They are also at the essence of the city's enviable diversity, as they provide important meeting places for a rich mix of social and ethnic groups.