In urban areas, certain spaces gradually lose their functionality over time, becoming unused and abandoned ruins. These decayed areas not only lead to the loss of the city's identity but also give rise to aesthetic and security problems. In recent years, efforts have been made to address these issues through urban transformation projects. These projects, created through the collaboration of various disciplines such as architects, landscape architects, urban sociologists, etc., and various stakeholders like municipalities, administrations, and institutions, contribute significantly to both the city and its residents when integrated into urban design.
These projects support the social life of the urban dwellers, provide employment and new job opportunities, support the economy, contribute to ecology, assist in shaping the city's identity, increase green spaces, and establish a connection between the past and the present. Within the scope of this study, the relationship between urban transformation and urban design has been examined. Various urban transformation projects and urban design applications conducted globally and in Turkey have been explored. The study focuses on specific project areas such as the London Docklands, the New York Highline Project, and the İzmit Seka paper factory.
While evaluating the contributions of transformation projects from different cultures and living spaces to the city and its residents, both common and distinctive aspects have been identified.
Anahtar Kelimeler: Urban transformation, Urban design, Contributions to the city and citizens