An evaluation of Akabe mass housing settlement in Sanliurfa, Turkey

BEKLEYEN A., Korkmaz N. M.

JOURNAL OF HOUSING AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT, vol.28, no.2, pp.293-309, 2013 (SSCI) identifier identifier


Traditional living spaces contain climatic and cultural elements that may be used in the design of future living spaces. The sustainable characteristics that have been developed by trial and error for hundreds of years can be reinterpreted in contemporary architecture according to modern conditions. In this study, user satisfaction levels have been examined in the new living spaces in Sanliurfa, a city located in southeastern Turkey. The design of the mass housing settlement examined within the scope of this study was inspired by traditional living spaces. It has been shown that, contrary to expectations, the similarities between the modern and traditional living spaces are not always accepted by today's users. In this study, users reflected that they would be more satisfied if there were some changes in the design of their houses terms of spatial organization. They also raised some concerns about the setting and characteristics of the settlement.