Changing modalities of urban redevelopment and housing finance in Turkey: Three mass housing projects in Ankara

Topal A., Yalman G. L., Celik O.

JOURNAL OF URBAN AFFAIRS, vol.41, no.5, pp.630-653, 2019 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 41 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/07352166.2018.1533378
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.630-653
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


This study aims to critically analyze the transformation of the Turkish state's role in urban redevelopment and housing finance by focusing on 3 mass housing projects from Ankara in 3 different historical political conjunctures. The analysis reveals that the Turkish state, with its peculiar institutional artifices, not only creates rent gaps in varying forms but also increasingly coordinates appropriation of them. This involved not only reformulation of strategies to cope with the social problem of continuing expansion of urban population by planning efforts of various scope but also incorporating low-income households into the dominant logic of urban space redevelopment.