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In the Wake of a Local Government Initiative: Istanbul Kucukcekmece Urban Regeneration Project

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"In the Wake of a Local Government Initiative: Istanbul Kucukcekmece Urban Regeneration Project" is the first and so far only publication to elaborate on all the stages of one of the many "Urban Regeneration" projects being implemented in Turkey, especially in recent years. In this publication the authors detail the operation and management processes of the municipality where the initiative is taking place, in addition to the actors involved and the duties they have taken over. The book not only examines the "Kucukcekmece Ayazma-Tepeustu Urban Regeneration" project, but it also gives a clear account of the positive and negative aspects of the process. To date, especially in the western world, a large number of scientifically significant books have been released on some such initiatives (mainly in the UK), yet there has been no widely disseminated volume on Turkey's approach and project building methodologies. Unlike in the Western world, in Turkey, urban regeneration is a means to overcome the challenges created by the growth of unauthorized housing. In the case of Turkey this publication will serve as a step in developing more publications, as well as present the reader with an example for comparison. The authors prepared the book in order to bring into public view the "Kucukcekmece Ayazma-Tepeustu Urban Regeneration Project" and all its associated dynamics. The project has been under way since 2004 and is the first project in Turkey with well adjusted social projects implemented in parallel. The Ayazma-Tepeustu region is historically a location of unplanned/illegal settlements.

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