Design Policy and Process through Infill Development

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Middle East Technical University, Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences, Turkey

Approval Date: 2019

Thesis Language: English


Principal Supervisor (For Co-Supervisor Theses): Osman Balaban

Co-Supervisor: Güven Arif Sargın


In the last few decades, the deterioration of the inner city and increase in population have resulted in urban decay within the city urban fabric which thereby high income citizens abandoned their houses demanding a better quality of life outside the city fabric; thereby leading the old city to be occupied by poorer households or left vacant. Urban decay is linked to suburban sprawl as the economic life is pulled out of the city, instead of a previously developed urban sites within the old city fabric. Infill development is the intervention development within vacant, abandoned, passed over or underutilized within built-up areas of existing communities in which infrastructure is already in place. It is a solution to reutilize lost spaces in existing communities and playing a critical role in achieving community revitalization, land conservation and alternatives to sprawl development. Infill development is a solution to enhance the character, viability and function of the old city aiming to increase walkability by contributing safe and attractive pedestrian environment; thereby creating new opportunities for mixed-use that recapture the sense of place which is considerably missing in urban communities. Containing far more details, this study articulates the potential and limits of infill development and its related guideline to address scattered model of urbanization, segregation and environmental pollution.