Determining of the local housing identity in urban transformation areas under disaster risk: Bursa, Turkey


NATURAL HAZARDS, vol.75, no.1, pp.119-139, 2015 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 75 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s11069-014-1312-3
  • Journal Name: NATURAL HAZARDS
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.119-139
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes


Post-disaster permanent housing production and housing production for urban transformation in areas under disaster risk have gained importance in recent years in Turkey. Users' life styles must be taken into account in housing production. Users' life style is the main criterion defining the identity of the housings produced. This article aims to present the data needed in order to carry out quality practices which have identity and reflect users' life style in the production of post-disaster permanent housings and housing production for urban transformation in areas under disaster risk. Bursa is one of the cities with earthquake risk where urban transformation practices are compulsory. In this study, residents' living in selected areas with similar features in Bursa were asked for their opinions on sociocultural and physical features of housing and its surroundings, and their expectations regarding the production of new housings to be built were discussed. Data from the research study carried out by the authors were used in the article. According to data, the most significant factors identifying users' life style and reflecting on the identity of the housing were neighbor relations, open space use, spaces where basic needs are met, and living spaces used for meeting sum and winter needs. It was observed that creating settlements with identity and reflecting the features of local life increases user satisfaction.