The Concept of Urban Space Quality


MEGARON, vol.4, no.3, pp.131-146, 2009 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 4 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Journal Name: MEGARON
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.131-146
  • Keywords: Urban space, perception, spatial quality, urban space quality, the concept of urban space quality in squares and avenues/streets
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: Yes


Especially during the last decade, in parallel with the technological and scientific developments in the world, empirical researches have been conducted on the livability in urban spaces, people's quality of life and the development of the urban space quality, together with a general questioning of the concept of urbanization. The results of these researches are presented as research reports. Urban space is the main tool integrating a city. Urban spaces are shared by the city-dwellers and various users, and serve as the environment in which they convey and relearn cultural accumulation. Moreover, in the context of defining the urban environment (the formation of the image regarding that city), city-dwellers acquire the experience of being a city-dweller as a consequence of their cultural identities, individual development and interaction with each other in these spaces. In cities or urban places, the practical and theoretical problems experienced with respect to public spaces are mostly methodological since it is not exactly known what is meant or understood by "public spaces". The problem of understanding this complication can be solved not by evaluating the social, political, functional, and aesthetic issues randomly, but by the experts' clear presentation of the solutions related to their research. In this study, in parallel with the developments in the world, the parameters of space quality to be used were determined for the urban spaces (squares and streets) in our country to be redesigned and renewed in the context of the quality of space.