Evaluating nineteenth-century urbanization in the Galata neighbourhood of Istanbul using the maps by Huber, d'Ostoya, and Goad

Ozbay Kinaci M., Zeren Gulersoy N.

PLANNING PERSPECTIVES, vol.36, no.2, pp.393-409, 2021 (AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 36 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/02665433.2021.1873173
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, IBZ Online, American History and Life, Art Source, Avery, Business Source Elite, Business Source Premier, Geobase, Historical Abstracts, ICONDA Bibliographic, Index Islamicus, Public Affairs Index
  • Page Numbers: pp.393-409
  • Keywords: Galata, geographic information systems, historic urban fabric, nineteenth century, old city maps, Urbanization
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Istanbul experienced significant changes in its urban pattern as a result of Westernization that took place in the nineteenth century. Galata, a neighbourhood located in the Beyoglu District, represents the occidental and cosmopolitan face of the city during that time. This study examines the spatial effects of these social and political changesby integrating old city maps of Beyoglu and Galata with geographic information system programmes (GIS). This methodology affords novel interpretations of historical maps thanks to these new ways of analyzing, displaying, and managing geographical information. The maps of G. d'Ostoya (1858-1860), R. Huber (1887-1891), and Charles E. Goad (1904-1906) have been coordinated with GIS software. Items such as buildings, roads, and empty spaces included as raster data have been transformed into vector data to make comparisons and superpositions possible within the GIS environment. Thus, the transformation of urban space can be revealed, and conclusions about how Galata experienced broader change across the nineteenth century can be perceived.