IJIMT 2018 Vol.9(3): 135-140 ISSN: 2010-0248
doi: 10.18178/ijimt.2018.9.3.802

An Assessment on the Effects of Urban Transformation to City Identity: The Case of Konya

Esra Banu Sipahi and Mihrimah Şenalp
Abstract— Cities are at the center of a transformation and a changing process, due to many factors such as developing technological developments, migration, structures and environment that have filled their lives, changing lifestyles, social change and globalization. These changes and transformations are influenced by various factors such as local governments, social demands, and financial possibilities. While the cities are in the effects of these transformational activities, city identity is influenced adversely because of the negative effects of globalization and modernization that cause the tendency to homogenize everything and most of the cities lose their identities. Turkey’s cities which are the homeland to many civilizations are also affected by those processes. This study’s focal point is Konya as one of the most important historical cities in Turkey, which was the capital of the Seljuk and is now missing its identity. From this point of view, the transformation of Konya in the historical process is evaluated from the perspective of city identity. In this context, the effects on city identity like various urban interventions, architecture, planning and transformation projects of Konya is analyzed periodically.

Index Terms— Globalization, urban transformation, city identity, Konya, Seljuk capital.

Esra Banu Sipahi is with the Department of Political Science and Public, University of Necmettin Erbakan, Konya/Turkey (e-mail: dr.esrasipahi@hotmail.com). Mihrimah Şenalp is with the Department of Architecture in Selcuk University, Konya/Turkey (e-mail: senalpmihrimah@gmail.com).

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Cite: Esra Banu Sipahi and Mihrimah Şenalp, " An Assessment on the Effects of Urban Transformation to City Identity: The Case of Konya," International Journal of Innovation, Management and Technology vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 135-140, 2018.

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