How a Neighborhood Changes From Summer Resort to Conservative Quarter: The Case of Florya, Istanbul


Florya one of the oldest summer resort in İstanbul competing with its neighbors in growing. With the changes in its dwellers, the neighborhood started to change incrementally in the past 20 years. In 1950’s it has been one of the most modern and beautiful summer resorts for Istanbul's citizens. From 90’s to present Florya wriggle itself out of being a summer resort and with the undeniable effect of the airport and the congress center it has started to house rich people’s family mansions and then it has became the focus of the rich conservatives. This article tries to demonstrate the changes in housing typology of Florya from the beginning to the present day in four periods regarding the social change. First period focuses on summer resorts that can mainly discriminated with their open space usage. Second period has started after the airport and fairground came into service. The houses started to domicile for full time family residents so that housing program and spatial organization has changed. Third period has leaped forward with a legal loophole during the local elections in 2004. The buildings of this period are very luxurious and higher than they must be. Last period is for the houses that very luxurious again but not high as previous ones. These houses are very introverted because of their very conservative residents. This research in this manner tries to seek out the changing topology of the local housing according to sociological transformation.

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Yuzyil Nevin Aydin, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey

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Conference: CITY2017
Stream: Geography and Landscape/Urban Planning, Architecture and Design

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