The purpose of this project is to examine the everyday life and communities of an economically challenged area that is on the verge of urban renewal. Our point of departure will be Tarlabasi in Istanbul. It is a run-down area with soaring crime rates. Tarlabasi is an area of interest as it is situated in the center of Istanbul, but has not yet to see any noteworthy renovation. We will approach this project from a standpoint of critical realism, that is to say that we are concerned with the experiences of the Tarlabasi-residents and how they’ve come to know and understand their neighbourhood. Furthermore we are concerned with the underlying structures that affect the way in which urban planners are dealing with Tarlabasi. We will mainly build our analysis on the work of Pierre Bourdieu, Loíc Wacquant, Andrew Mason and Leoine Sandercock. Based on their theories we will be able to conceptualize the economical, cultural and especially social relations in Tarlabasi, including how these relations affect the process of urban renewal. To come to a better understanding of the structures and residents of Tarlabasi, we have gathered empirical data through three weeks of fieldwork. Our main methodology has consisted of visual ethnography and semi-structured interviews, the purpose of which has been to understand the area from within as it is seen by its residents. Additionally we have also sought to gain an understanding of the area as it is seen from the outside. Thus, the contractor GAP, who is responsible for the urban renewal of Tarlabasi, has been included into our research. From these two stakeholders we’ve been able to gather two core narratives of the area Tarlabasi. Our interest has been to examine how social relations are affected by urban renewal and therefore we have chosen to look at the community of Tarlabasi. By looking at the composition of capital forms of the Tarlabasi-residents we have examined what possibilities they have of affecting the urban renewal and their own future on a more personal level. Doing so we are able to come to the conclusion that Tarlabasi-communities will dissolve as a result of the urban renewal and that Tarlabasi’s residents have no way of affecting this process. This is caused by the fact that they are a dominated group in society. Finally we conclude that the cause of this lack of resident inclusion and influence in the present process of urban renewal is that there is no tradition in Istanbul for thinking of social relations when doing urban planning.
|Uddannelser||Plan, By og Proces, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||19 maj 2014|
|Vejledere||Thomas Theis Nielsen|