Istanbul Technical University Faculty of Architecture, Istanbul TURKEY
Received: January 2009 Final Acceptance: May 2009
The aim of this paper is to discuss the diverse factors on the provision of environmental quality and to put forward a strategic approach for quality planning in degraded and/or decaying urban areas where historical and architectural values of the environment have to be sustained. The paper explores the concept of urban quality within the context of total quality management through the evaluation of urban design practices from Turkey and abroad. In addition, it clarifies the various components and their interrelations to build the basis for the strategic framework in which community has a significant role, is encouraged to participate to the process. As a result, a conceptual model is presented for future urban design practices in Turkey providing satisfaction for all levels of participants, emphasizing correlated systems, developing partnership mechanisms and balancing common interests through a sustainable structure.
Keywords: Quality, planning, strategic planning, urban environment, urban quality
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