Learning from Urban Regeneration Experiences in Istanbul: Some Remedies Regarding Empowerment, Governance, and Democracy

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Akçakaya Waite İ.

IGLUS Quarterly, vol.6, no.1, pp.14-20, 2020 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 6 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Journal Name: IGLUS Quarterly
  • Page Numbers: pp.14-20
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


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.