A study on social sustainability: The case of Doğanbey Urban Renewal Project in Bursa

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Architecture, Turkey

Approval Date: 2014




Sustainability in architecture is discussed mostly in terms of economic and environmental dimensions. However, this thesis mainly purposes to argue the issues taking part in determining social sustainability as a relatively independent area. This study includes the analysis of impacts of urban renewal projects carried out in existing urban areas which faces socially and culturally depression process within the whole city. Later on, this discussion will be concretized on the case study of Doğanbey Urban Renewal Project. Bursa is an important city protecting most of its historical and cultural heritage despite many disasters such as earthquakes and fires. However, in the recent years many projects create controversies in terms of different aspects of sustainability concept. In this thesis; as it is the project carried out in the city center of Bursa having an important heritage with its historical texture, culture and original identity, Doğanbey Urban Renewal Project has been selected for the analyze in the scope of social sustainability concept. Social sustainability is a matter of public prosperity, quality of life and gratification for the existing dwellers but also for the future generations. It requires new approaches and involvement of various professionals in different field of expertise i.e. planning, design and development issues for the creation of new communities. Social infrastructure; such as educational units, shopping units, green spaces, recreational areas and transportation must be considered at the very early stages of the creation of new urban districts or the renewal of the existing ones. Local identity and social structure have significant impacts on thoughts, feelings and behaviors of residents.