Resilience to disasters: Lessons from Turkish urban regeneration experiences

Tezin Türü: Yüksek Lisans

Tezin Yürütüldüğü Kurum: Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi, Mimarlık Fakültesi, Şehir ve Bölge Planlama Bölümü, Türkiye

Tezin Onay Tarihi: 2019




This thesis focuses on the relationship between urban regeneration policy and disaster resilience in cities with an empirical evidence from Turkish case, as departing from the clauses of the Law no.6306 “Transformation of Areas Under Disaster Risk”. Main argument of the thesis is, urban regeneration policies and projects contribute to the urban resilience to disasters in cities. For identifying the connections between urban regeneration policy and disaster resilience, the literature about resilience and urban resilience is covered. For identifying the relationship, the disaster management in the context of urban areas is reviewed for building the analytical framework of the study. After putting the case of Law no.6306 “Transformation of Areas Under Disaster Risk” in the context of urbanization and disaster management system of Turkey, the research focuses on the analysis of the policy, institutions and the “risky area” implementations. These analyses were based on the research findings of interviews conducted by the related institutions, official law documents, the quantitative data gathered from the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, development plans of project areas and other academic researches. Resulting from the research, there are evidences of using urban regeneration projects as a way of achieving disaster resilience in cities by including mitigation and preparedness actions and risk assessment as a part of urban regeneration policy. However, as seen in Turkish case, there exist some limitations and challenges while implementing the urban regeneration policy where policy recommendations are proposed based on these findings.