The last round in restructuring the city: Urban regeneration becomes a state policy of disaster prevention in Turkey


CITIES, vol.50, pp.40-53, 2016 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 50
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.cities.2015.08.010
  • Journal Name: CITIES
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.40-53
  • Keywords: Urban regeneration, Disaster risk, Disaster prevention, Squatter housing, Turkey, URBANIZATION, RESILIENCE, SPACE
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


In Turkey, urban regeneration mirrors a shift towards neoliberal urban policies based on economic strategy-making. The measures in the name of "regeneration for liveable cities" are rapidly transforming the appearance of inner-city areas with great revenue-generating potential. The boundaries of legitimization are described in areas where the process of depression is visible and the social acceptability of the residential population decreases, and at present are under the risk of disasters, mostly in squatter housing areas and dilapidated historical centers. Legal regulations have been reformulating this system since the 1980s so that applications can be supported effortlessly and facilitated through government assistance.