An example to renovation-revitalization works in historical city centres: Kunduracilar Street/Trabzon-Turkey

ÇEVİK S., Vural S., TAVŞAN F., Asik O.

BUILDING AND ENVIRONMENT, vol.43, no.5, pp.950-962, 2008 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 43 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2006.10.053
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.950-962
  • Keywords: pedestrian areas, renovation-revitalization works, historical city centres
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Trabzon lies in the northeast of Turkey and its past goes as back as to the antique age. It is a multicultural city which hosted many civilizations throughout its history. Kunduracilar Street is in the centre of the city of Trabzon and is a historical and important commercial axis and pedestrian-shopping centre. The buildings in this street contain a variety of building types which reflect the identity of the city. In a sense, these buildings are a mirror reflecting the multicultural structure that the city has had throughout its history. However, the cultural-historical entirety of this street has been under the effect of urban sprawl and visual pollution in recent years. By the time, the street loses its characteristics. This study is an attempt to solve such problems and aims at protecting the street through renovation-revitalization works, and to bring it back to the city and to the people of the city by improving the present conditions. This study is the first example of its kind in the region with its area along work of I km and with the wide participant model that it proposed, A renovation-revitalization work was carried out in the street under such titles as building facades, street ground, lighting, city furniture, green, etc., and the street was put in the use of the city and its people by improving its qualities. This study also planned and realized a new process for the city of Trabzon (a process of participation, sharing, and conscioussness). (C) 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.