A critical assessment for reuse of traditional dwellings as "Boutique Hotels" in Urgup

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Middle East Technical University, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Architecture, Turkey

Approval Date: 2007

Thesis Language: English

Student: Şükran Güneş Can



Traditional dwellings have been exposed to environmental factors due to the increasing concentration in urban areas or reusing the dwellings for a different function that brings more profit. Tourism is one of the most important reasons for this transformation. Cappadocia is one of the regions where the transformation of historical structures into tourism facilities is common. In the last 5-10 years the concept of tourism and hotel management has changed and dwellings themselves were transformed to hotels and were called “Boutique Hotels”. And this transformation is mostly seen in Ürgüp. However, some problems are encountered in the transformation of traditional dwellings into “Boutique Hotels”. These problems are concerned with the difficulties experienced in interventions to the dwellings, positive and negative affects on environment and the legal problems pertaining the project, implementation and certification procedures. This thesis aims to question the harmony between the transformation in Ürgüp and the functional, physical, social and cultural aspects of the traditionaldwellings in Ürgüp, to assess the the implementations and their relations with environment relationships. In addition to this, taking the example of Ürgüp as a starting point, this thesis aims to discuss the relations between cultural identity and tourism, the positive and negative effects of tourism on traditional structure, and the balance between conservation and tourism. Taking into consideration the deficiencies in the legal definition and management criteria of Boutique Hotels, which are gradually becoming common, the discussion of the definition of Boutique Hotel is one of the important aims of this thesis.