• Nihal Arda Akyıldız Architecture Department, Fırat University, Turkey
  • Tuba Nur Olğun Architecture Department, Fırat University, Turkey



Urban Identity, Traditional Residential Areas, Sustainability, Sustainable Traditional Design


Cities, like a living organism, form their own memory and identity with their social codes and cultural values that have preserved the past and present. The city builds its urban identity while creating its memory with spatial and structural memory. To move the historical and cultural characteristics of the residential areas to future generations in a sustainable way; originality, continuity of use, construction technique and aesthetic values are possible with the identity values in the urban memory. The residential areas that can protect their past and identity socially, culturally and spatially have been the subject of many studies with their originality and sustainable design understanding.

Anatolian traditional settlement areas have carried the spatial identity value they have demonstrated with their historical and cultural accumulation from past to present. These settlements, which sometimes cannot be fully integrated into the city, have become tourists that attract tourists with their spatial identity value for some cities. Traditional residential areas that appeal to people's past feelings of knowledge and belonging continue to create both identity and brand values of cities. Along with the sustainable design approach and unique identity value, traditional residential areas and design understanding still need to be examined.

Thus, the study aims to analyze the unique aspects of traditional residential areas that support sustainability and create urban identity. In the context of the study, the literature on sustainable traditional residential areas in the context of urban identity has been examined. In the light of the data obtained, different traditional residential areas of Anatolia were examined. As a result of the study, it is aimed that the design understanding of traditional residential areas that contribute to the city's identity value will be a reference to modern architecture.


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How to Cite

Akyıldız, N. A., & Olğun, T. N. (2020). SUSTAINABLE TRADITIONAL IN THE CONTEXT OF URBAN IDENTITY VALUE INVESTIGATION OF SETTLEMENT AREAS. International Journal of Engineering Technologies and Management Research, 7(5), 21–29.