Visual impact analysis in the context of space syntax: The case of golden horn, Istanbul

A.S. Kubat, İ. Kurtuluş, M. Akay, E. Akdoğan

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The Historical Peninsula of Istanbul is one of the earliest settlements of the city which dates back to the ancient ages and it carries the cultural and historical assets from different periods and civilizations at present. Istanbul is the only city in the world that sits astride two continents, Europe and Asia and was the capital of the three great empires throughout its history; Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman. Its hilly topography has always been the dominant character of the historical city creating the spots for the location of the landmarks. Each civilization selected the highest points of the site to build the most significant structures that reflected their power and wealth. The steep feature of the landform provided visual fields through cultural and historical heritages in and around the area. The aim of our study is, to propose a “visual impact management plan and a design proposal” to create urban corridors, viewing platforms, terraces and plazas linking the landmarks visually for the pedestrians walking through the area and to make them recognize and be aware of the characteristic spaces and buildings around the area. In this context, within the scope of the study, design strategies developed in line with the concept of view management have been tested through space syntax which inherent visual continuity and integrity. Based on the essence and realization of the visual analysis, space syntax is adapted in relation to the view management approach which made it possible to create planning and design decisions at different scales on the selected case area that has characteristic topographical features and strategic location in the Golden Horn of the historical Istanbul.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication12th International Space Syntax Symposium, SSS 2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes


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