Vol. 12 No. 1 (2015): Young Views on Urban Design

Children psychology and outdoor play areas in Istanbul: Bakırköy and Beylikdüzü cases

Füsun Selçuk Kirazoğlu
Graduate School of Science Engineering and Technology, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey
İpek Akpınar
Department of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey

Published 2015-03-01


  • Child,
  • City,
  • Open play spaces,
  • Affordance concept,
  • Child friendly spaces

How to Cite

Selçuk Kirazoğlu, F., & Akpınar, İpek. (2015). Children psychology and outdoor play areas in Istanbul: Bakırköy and Beylikdüzü cases. A|Z ITU JOURNAL OF THE FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE, 12(1), 107 - 114. Retrieved from https://www.az.itu.edu.tr/index.php/jfa/article/view/439


City contains a heterogeneous structure with the different profiles with different needs. Study at hand, this wide range of “child” section will be examined. The child’s relationship with the city is limited because it depends on the conditions that can move between users of the city. In recent years, cities have become virtually uninhabitable for children, especially in metropolitan density of buildings, traffic, vulnerability, such as the timelessness of the main obstacles almost confront the situation of children made them cannot face to city. However, the most basic need of the child’s social environment needed for the game and self-recognition is expected to meet in urban space. In this context, urban areas, public open spaces designed for children, children’s playgrounds will be elaborated. For the child, the child’s current status with the design of these spaces will be considered. In this sense, the area selected as the study area, such as Istanbul’s fast-growing (built) and contains a significant portion of the housing stock in urban districts; Bakirkoy and Beylikdüzü. At this point, proposed as hypotheses, observations made on the basis of certain criteria, these two towns on the existing areas of public open spaces lack with the basic problem that does not meet the need for quality care. In the study, definitions of a child and user will be made, and 2-6 years of age children will be the reference due to they are on a new period of relations with the external environment.