Mimar.ist, vol.3, no.66, pp.89-100, 2019 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)
This study is about understanding and exploring the potentials of undefined urban open spaces which are often referred to as various negative associations such as neglected, empty, derelict, abandoned, waste, etc. by citizens and designers. It has become increasingly vital to explore the possibilities of participation of these spaces in public life due to various complicated urban problems of the period we are in. The approaches to undefined urban open spaces vary depending on their different historical values and existing characteristics. For this reason, it is necessary to investigate diversified urban intervention approaches in each city. Accordingly, this article is a descriptive and interpretative study that focuses on finding the distinctive characteristics of undefined urban open spaces. The aim of the study is to uncover the problems and potentials of undefined spaces by analyzing the concepts from a spatial point of view and to determine the effective criteria for the reintegration of these spaces in our cities. In the study, observations are made in Levent District on Büyükdere Avenue axis which was located on the periphery of Istanbul until the 1950s. As a result, undefined urban spaces are tried to be conceptualized through three-stage methodology in order to identify these areas through the factors affecting them and their distinctive qualities, to comprehend their problems and to reveal their potentials.