The Process of Functional/Spatial Identity Transformation in Demolition and Reconstruction of Risky Structures: A Case Study on en Palas Apartment


1st International Urban Planning-Architecture-Design Congress (UPAD2014), Kocaeli, Turkey, 8 - 11 May 2014, pp.113-124 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
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  • City: Kocaeli
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.113-124
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


Based on Turkish Law No. 6306 concerning the transformation of areas under risk of disaster, urban/structural transformation in area' and/or 'structure' scale is taking place in cities around Turkey. It is expected that these transformations are 'remedial designs' that provide permanent and sustainable solutions to economic, physical, social and environmental issues. In this context this paper intends to create awareness of the values of spaces that are physically and psychologically experienced under the theme of 'social sustainability'. This includes place identity, sense of place and place attachment and/or detachment. The transformations of 'risky structures' should have similar results to those of 'risky areas'. They should be perceived as urban entities rather than an individual building and should align with urban transformation. The subject of this discussion is functional/spatial transformation of the identity. en Palas Apartment, located on one of the major arteries of the Anatolian side of Istanbul, MinibOs Street. The building was identified as a 'risky structure' by Turkish Law No. 6306 (2012) and will be demolished. In this regard, $en Palas Apartment and its environment will be analyzed by the daily experiences of some residents in differing time periods.