A Suggestion for Analyzing the Use of Squares: Sultanahmet Square Example

Fatih Semerci


Urban common places undertake important tasks in order to meet the needs of urban dwellers. As one of the venues of public spaces carrying symbolic feature, squares have an active role on urban identity and quality. Squares are the places hosting functions related to social life.

By this research, a study is presented that square analysis with users. In this research, analysis method based on users and sustainable squares should be focused of the users. In this context, observation method was used for users orientation in the fields (squares).By this method, we can do users observation and users mapping analysis. By This way to compare the data obtained with the mathematical data used Space Syntax method. Space Syntax is an user-oriented method. In this way, we can obtain data about using space and user orientation in the space. So, square’s circulation and static fields are determined. Also, by this way, planning data is prepared for space design and arrangements (renovations).  By using the methods, functional and useful spaces will be provided at the same time the production of sustainable spaces.

In this research, Sultanahmet Square in the Istanbul Historic Peninsula is selected for application area. The method has been tested in this area. With the results of the analysis demonstrated comments for sustainable square design

Key words: Squares, Observation Method, Space Syntax, Open Spaces, Squares Analysis, Sultanahmet Square.


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