Author Archives: Aysegul Can

About Aysegul Can

Aysegul Can ( received her PhD from The University of Sheffield, Department of Urban Studies and Planning. She's currently a Lecturer in The Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Istanbul Medeniyet University. Her current research interests stem from her experiences as an urbanist in the last 10 years. She started to be interested in urban conservation and the urban renewal and regeneration projects in the historic environment. She interviewed many people in places that experienced massive urban projects and observed how working class inhabitants were displaced from the neighbourhoods, while paying attention to social exclusion, inequality, and territorial stigmatization in the urban space.

There is no Alternative? A discussion of an alternative on Tarlabasi Renewal Project

This blog post is inspired by the fieldwork I conducted during my PhD research. The research focuses on renovation and regeneration projects, and also on the gentrification concept, in two historic neighbourhoods of Istanbul. The overall goal of the research … Continue reading

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Territorial Stigmatization during an Urban Regeneration Project: The Example of Tarlabasi

In the last decades, the rise in the real estate sector has become the main factor of urbanization in the ‘developing world’ (Lees et al., 2015). In the global South experience, massive urban redevelopment and regeneration projects can exceed the … Continue reading

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Portrait of a Historical Neighbourhood Through the Lenses of State-led Gentrification: Tarlabasi, Istanbul

Gentrification studies are dominated by theorization and conceptualization from Western Europe and North America (Lees, 2014). The term ‘gentrification’ itself was coined in London by sociologist Ruth Glass in 1964 and was borrowed later, rather uncritically, in discussions of a … Continue reading

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