ITU A|Z • Vol 12 No 1 • March 2015 • 67-82


Cultural/creative industries in Istanbul: Beyoğlu case

Fatma Pelin ÖZTÜRK EKDI1, Hale ÇIRACI2

1, • Graduate School of Science Engineering and Technology, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey
2 • Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Faculty of Architecture, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey

Received: December 2013               Final Acceptance: April 2014




This paper aims to highlight the spatial distribution and locational criteria of cultural and creative industries rising as strategic urban management tools in Istanbul.

In the scope of the research, to gain insight into the cultural/creative industries, in-depth analysis was conducted to investigate the locational choices and spatial distribution of such industries. Furthermore, to demonstrate the existing pattern of the cultural/creative sectors in the city, site analysis and extensive interviews were held in Beyoğlu where an agglomeration has existed since the 19th century.

The case-study results demonstrate the relationship between place and creative production, and the role of place in the location preferences of these industries. The outcome of the research will contribute to further studies on these industries and will influence the future strategies of Istanbul Greater Municipality and how it develops cultural/creative industries.

Keywords: Cultural and creative industries, Spatial distribution, Locational criteria, Beyoğlu, Istanbul.

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