Peter A Allard School of Law

Urban Transformation Regulations and Applications in Turkey

Description of Event

Law & Cities Research Group Discussion

In Turkey, intensive migration started from rural to urban areas in the 1950s. Because of these population movements, cities have entered the process of dilapidation and started to lose their characteristics over time. In other words, the deformation in cities results from uncontrolled and irregular settlement in Turkey. To solve this problem, defined as unplanned urbanization or urban sprawl, methods such as sanitation, gentrification, and urban renewal (demolition and reconstruction of urban structures) have been developed.

The most recent method used to intervene in urban sprawl is urban renewal. In Turkey, urban transformation is inevitable since earthquake risk has added to the problem of unplanned urbanization after the Marmara Earthquake in 1999. And it became popular again after the 2023 Earthquake. This presentation will consider a range of national laws, including the legislation that grants and defines municipal powers as well those dealing with historical and cultural properties and others addressing disaster risk, that are intended to guide urban renewal in Turkey.


Gül Üstün

Professor Gül Üstün is a member of Faculty of Law at Marmara University in Istanbul, Turkey. She has served as the Head of the Department of Public Law at the Marmara University Institute of Social Sciences, and the Head of the Department of Administrative Law at Marmara University Faculty of Law. Her expertise lies in the fields of administrative law, urban transformation, sustainability and environmental law, regulatory compliance, and alternative dispute resolution. Professor Üstün is an active member of the Istanbul Bar Association.


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