This Planning Studio is intended for students who hold bachelor degree in urban planning and aims to introduce a research projects pertaining to identify pattern of Urbanization of the İzmir in its region.; accomplished through individual or small group activity under guidance of instructor. The objective is as follows:

Objectives : *induce reflective thinking about the Izmir Provincial area in Izmir’s own contexts, aiming at producing a synthetic account of recognizable boundaries

                    *aggregate meaningful data coming from different contexts into a common format, allowing for a wide comparative overview of a specific urban pattern

                   *draw conclusions eventually leading to a typological characterization of Izmir’s macro form


The exercise seeks to identify the extension and development of the spatial boundaries of the Izmir in a historical context. For this different political operational cycle in which different legislation (Law no. 3030, Law no. 5216, Law no. 6360, and others) exercised to draw the boundaries and identify the power of the related institutions. Special attention to the traditional boundaries and dicchotomies of urban/rural, center/periphery, compact/dispersed etc.

Q. 1. Review of the key concepts and terminologies to describe the zone of peri – urban (rural – urban fringes, peri – urban areas, peri – urban fringes, peri – interface, etc.).

Q.2. Historcial evaluation of the urban boundaries related with the different legislations (Law no. 3030, Law no. 5216, Law no. 6360, and others), and mapping them

Q.3. Draw and locate the boundaries into a map to describe the morphology of the Izmir’s Provincial areas (pattern of urbanization).

The main parameter, for which four (4) values are defined as follow;

L1 URBAN CORE/ usually, but not necessarily, the oldest part of the urban fabric

CENTRAL AREAS where the town originated from; alternatively, any other district showing attributes of centrality such as concentration of jobs and services, higher buildings densities and land occupation rates

L2 INTERMEDIATE any area in the urban geography between the core and the

URBAN AREAS outskirts, where the urban fabric is present with a fair degree of consolidation and access to services

L3 URBAN FRINGE the periphery of the urban fabric, irrespective of jurisdistional demarcations, less consolidated than inner areas and typically featuring semi-rural attributes; access to servicess is limited, originating acute environmental stress

L4 OTHER LOCATIONS any other town - dependent area in the surroundings, largely isolated from the urban continuum, such as ‘stallite’ settlements, factory quarters, etc.

Keywords: Peri-urban areas, peri-urban interface, peri-urban fringe, urban rural dichotomy, urban-rural interaction

By: Assistant Prof. Dr. Figen AKPINAR