Sustainability of the Oldest Squatter Settlements of Bursa: A Study on Mollafenari and Ivazpasa Neighborhoods

Berk İ., Bilsel F. C.

ISUF 2021 Urban Form for Sustainable Prosperous City, Glasgow, England, 29 June - 03 July 2021, pp.100-101

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Glasgow
  • Country: England
  • Page Numbers: pp.100-101
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Sustainability of the Oldest Squatter Settlements of Bursa: A Study on Mollafenari and Ivazpasa Neighborhoods

Change in the production processes has been one of the significant factors that affect the social organisation and shape the urban form. For Bursa, which was the first Ottoman capital city, the change was stimulated with the emergence of silk factories working with steam and the increasing need for labour starting from the late nineteenth century. This need triggered a population flow from nearby villages to the city's southern outskirts, through the migration routes passing along the slopes of Uludağ mountain. Mollafenari and Ivazpasa neighbourhoods located between the mountain and the historic city were developed as a result of this process. Starting from the mid-twentieth century, Bursa was subject to another, yet unprecedented migratory flow that has affected all major cities of the country. The migrants who were mostly originated from the surrounding villages created their squatter settlements between the city's old neighbourhoods and the steep slopes of the mountain. The resulting urban development did not follow any specific rules; the migrants have shaped their self-organised territories in the close vicinity of their working places. The squatter neighbourhoods have been consolidated through physical and social stratification that formed a whole system. These neighborhoods that were shaped by their residents, have acquired a strong sense of place and have proven to be socially sustainable for almost seventy years.

However, under the effect of rapid transformation that the city centre is subject to, these settlements are at risk of demolition today. Therefore, thinking of their physical and social sustainability without losing their current values and potentials is a necessity, in line with United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, namely "Sustainable Cities and Communities." This study aims to analyse the urban morphological and architectural attributes of these old squatter settlements and discuss their sustainability as successful urban places.