The Opportunities of European Capital of Culture for Urban Space Community: Past–Present–Future

Özçevik Ö., Akçakaya İ.

IAPS (International Association for People-Environment Studies)-CSBE (Culture Space in the Built Environment) Network, the IAPS-Housing Network, İstanbul, Turkey, 12 - 16 October 2009, pp.127

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: İstanbul
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.127
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The European Capital of Culture (ECOC) event is arguably one of the most successful EU cultural programmes, attracting increasing interest from policy makers, academics and the media every year. As more and more cities are involved in competing for the ECOC title, there is also a growing need for information about and evaluation of the event and the host cities. The goal of the special session is to examine culture’s contribution to urban regeneration in the European context, particularly through the ECOC programme as an important culture-led urban regeneration catalyst, in order to derive lessons for Istanbul on the way to host ECOC in the year 2010. Thus, this international session is expected to support the understanding of the impacts of the ECOC title and the related cultural events on the related urban and social lives as well as the extents of cultural impact, local and national change, world’s economy, and the cultural change dynamics of the European communities. The session will be organized to encourage the participation of scholars and practitioners related to the theme. Participants are valuable names who have provided important contributions to the ECOC programme of their cities.