Discussing Quality of Life in Urban Transformation of Doganbey, Bursa

GÜR M., Dostoglu N.

MEGARON, vol.11, no.1, pp.89-105, 2016 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 11 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.5505/megaron.2016.89410
  • Journal Name: MEGARON
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.89-105
  • Keywords: Doganbey, transformation policies, urban transformation, user participation, quality of life
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes


Urban transformation has been a considerable topical in recent epoch concerning planning policies set out at a centralized level in Turkey, and has also become a much-debated subject by the authorities and academics in legal structures and implementations concomitant. By the reason of structuring parts of the cities with the aforementioned developments, it is important to monitor the implementations from city block scale decreasing to apartment scale in some of the cities and the policies governing these. Another important aspect of urban transformation is that, being effective on different dimensions of life as social relationships, economical status, belonging, attachment etc. both in and at the end of the process, also assuming a role in the change of the life style. The quality of life, that is an outcome concerning the individuals' evaluation of their lives by different dimensions becomes different by the effect of time and conditions changing. From this aspect, it's thought that discussing the urban transformations and the policies governing the implementations from the perspective of qualiy of life will provide benefit. Accordingly, urban transformation is discussed through Doganbey implementation that became known countrywide from the perspective of quality of life which creates inputs for policies, allowing the determination of individual or public well-being level in this study. With the survey of quality of life conducted in the area, a much-debated case due to its physical, spcial, legal, admisnistrative and economical dimensions, the urban transformation process is semtinized in relation to the perception and experiences of individuals generated by the dynamic relationship between people and environment; and lack of user participation is emphasized related to cruciality of the right to prefer in life quality. Through Doganbey in which lack of participation caused physical, social and economical problems, this study adresses actors, decision mechanisms and participation; and based on the case study results, deductions are produced for improvement of quality of life through implementations that have similar qualities in terms of transformation dynamics.