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Reestablishing the relation of Istanbul with Bosphorus [ITU J Faculty Arch]
ITU J Faculty Arch. 2013; 10(2): 33-50

Reestablishing the relation of Istanbul with Bosphorus

Birge Yıldırım
Istanbul Technical University, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Landscape Architecture, Istanbul, TURKEY

Throughout the history, public spaces of Istanbul were developed near the seashores. By the end of the 20th century Istanbul's relation with the sea was severed by new transformations. Especially the Coastal Line Project, which was designed as a part of developmentalist policies at the 20th century, has blocked the relation between the land and the sea. In this study the coastline of Bosphorus between the two bridges will be examined by analyzing different sections at different districts. Especially cul-de-sacs (blind alleys), landfill areas and highways ending up at or opening to the Bosphorus, will be documented. It is aimed to create a new map of the Bosphorus exploring the new linkages between sea and land. The study will generate useful design proposals on urban fabric and coastal land uses by focusing on the vital locations in terms of accessibility to water. As a result, new interventions to link the sea with the land and to improve the everyday life of the city will be proposed, in order to reconfigure the relationship between the city and water.

Keywords: Bosphorus, urban waterfront, urban history, urban intervention, small scale interventions


Birge Yıldırım. Reestablishing the relation of Istanbul with Bosphorus. ITU J Faculty Arch. 2013; 10(2): 33-50

Corresponding Author: Birge Yıldırım, Türkiye


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