VOL: 7  NO:2  74-88   2010-2


Ways to sustainable brownfield regeneration in Istanbul


Istanbul Technical University, Faculty of Architecture, Istanbul, TURKEY

Received: October 2010 Final Acceptance: November 2010



This study focuses on the brownfield sites owned by governmental agencies in Istanbul. It attempts to prepare an inventory for these under-utilized sites in order to explore ways to sustainable brownfield regeneration.

This study utilizes GIS technology for the dispersion and classification of brownfield sites. Besides the GIS studies, existing scholarly and government literatures are used for gathering information on the development of brownfield regeneration in Istanbul and the factors effective on the current regeneration trends.

Today, some obstacles hinder the regeneration process in Istanbul such as indefinite policies, uncertainty about legal liability, difficulty to estimate capital costs, absence of a consistent regeneration framework, insufficient practical knowledge, absence of a city-wide database system for brownfields, absence of some plans within the planning hierarchy, public opposition, difficulty to combine collective studies and competition from greenfields. This study identifies ways to overcome these obstacles and to gain sustainable brownfield regeneration for the benefit of Istanbul megacity. These ways are collected under 6 main categories as contamination related, political – institutional, legal, economic, plan-design based and communal issues. By following these ways, sustainable brownfield regeneration can be gained in Istanbul.


Keywords:Brownfields, Sustainable brownfield regeneration, Istanbul.


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