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A Comparative Study of Planned and Spontaneous Gentrification Processes

Mehmet Emin Şalgamcıoğlu ( Research & Teaching Assistant, Faculty of Architecture, Architecture Department, Istanbul Technical University , Taşkışla Taksim 34437 İstanbul, Turkey)
Alper Ünlü ( Professor, Faculty of Architecture, Architecture Department, Istanbul Technical University , Taşkışla Taksim 34437 İstanbul, Turkey)

Open House International

ISSN: 0168-2601

Article publication date: 1 December 2014

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Abstract

This study compared the gentrification processes in Cihangir and Tarlabasi. The dynamics of the gentrification process in Cihangir is compared with the vastly different gentrification process in Tarlabasi. Interpretations of gentrification are also included in this paper.

The study analyzed the dynamics of the gentrification process in Cihangir, Istanbul (Turkey) to determine the extent of change during the process. Characterization of the Cihangir neighborhood, which distinguishes Cihangir from other gentrified urban areas, is another aspect of this study. The transformation of Cihangir is currently underway; it involves the revolution and renovation of land and buildings, which is known as gentrification. The gentrification process in Cihangir is affected by socio-economic and socio-cultural transformations. This paper examines gentrification in the Cihangir neighborhood, which has occurred spontaneously and supports the perpetuation of social diversity, which occurs in many urban areas. Although Istanbul’s Tarlabasi region exhibits geophysical characteristics that resemble the geophysical characteristics of Cihangir, Tarlabasi is affected by a completely different gentrification process, which is known as planned gentrification.

In the context of this study, scholars question whether gentrification is “erasing the social geography of urban land and unique architectural pattern,” or if gentrification represents “the upgrading and renaissance of the urban land.” (Smith, 1996)

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Şalgamcıoğlu, M.E. and Ünlü, A. (2014), "A Comparative Study of Planned and Spontaneous Gentrification Processes", Open House International, Vol. 39 No. 4, pp. 28-41. https://doi.org/10.1108/OHI-04-2014-B0004

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