1st Edition

Housing in Turkey Policy, Planning, Practice

    304 Pages 33 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    304 Pages 33 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book presents the major features of the path that Turkish housing system has followed since 2000. Its primary focus is to build an understanding of housing in Turkey from the policy, planning, and implementation perspectives in the 21st century, interwoven with the effects of neoliberalism.

    It investigates the social, spatial, and economic outcomes of the shift in philosophy and behaviour by the government regarding housing. The book discusses failures in housing outcomes as government failures, incorrect or inefficient regulations, lack of regulations, and lack of monitoring of the policy outcomes. Chapters on the housing-economy relationship, financialization and indebtedness, housing market experiences based on case studies, and the housing policy provide the reader with an opportunity to observe different outcomes in a world where housing challenges and issues are similar.

    This book will be of interest to urban planners, political scientists, and sociologists, as well as undergraduate/graduate students and housing sector experts all over the world who are interested in the various dimensions of the housing problem.

    1 Introduction

    Ö. Burcu Özdemir Sarı, Esma Aksoy Khurami, Nil Uzun

    PART I

    Housing in Turkey: Framework of the Study

    2 The Turkish Housing System: An Overview

    Ö. Burcu Özdemir Sarı

    3 Housing Policies in Turkey: Paving the Way for Urban Transformation

    Nil Uzun

    4 Housing and Living Conditions of Turkish Households: What Has Changed since 2000s?

    Esma Aksoy Khurami

    5 Limitations of Housing Research Data in Turkey and Proposals for a Better System

    G. Pelin Sarıoğlu Erdoğdu


    Housing, Economy, and Financialization

    6 Housing Market Dynamics: Economic Climate and its Effect on Turkish Housing

    Leyla Alkan Gökler

    7 Varieties of Residential Capitalism in Turkey: State-Led Financialization of Housing

    Zeynep Arslan Taç

    8 Everyday Negotiations of Finance and Debts in State-led Mass Housing Estates for Low-income Households in Istanbul

    Esra Alkim Karaagac


    Housing Market Experiences

    9 Understanding Residential Vacancy and its Dynamics in Turkish Cities

    H. Kübra Kıvrak, Ö. Burcu Özdemir Sarı

    10 Discussing Housing Submarkets in the Ankara Metropolitan Area

    Tuğba Kütük, Tanyel Özelçi Eceral

    11 Do Location Choices of Residents Matter? Comparative Analysis of Two Gated Communities in Bursa

    Ebru Kamacı Karahan

    12 The Repair, Maintenance, and Restoration of Traditional Housing and the Related Legal Framework: Antalya Kaleiçi

    Aynur Uluç


    Housing Policy (or Lack Thereof) and Its Implications

    13 Housing for Ageing Populations in Turkey

    Yelda Kızıldağ Özdemirli

    14 Housing and Transport Cost Burden: The Experience of Tenant Households in Turkey

    Esma Aksoy Khurami, Ö. Burcu Özdemir Sarı

    15 Urban Transformation Policies of the 21st Century: State-led Gentrification

    Nil Uzun


    Esma AKSOY KHURAMİ is currently Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Architecture, the Department of City and Regional Planning at Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University. She earned her bachelor’s (2014), MSc (2017), and PhD (2021) degrees from Middle East Technical University. She received several awards with her MSc thesis, including the Nathaniel Lichfield Award by Regional Studies Association in 2017. Her research interests focus on low-income households, housing affordability, homeownership, quantitative methods, and techniques in housing and planning studies.

    Ö. Burcu ÖZDEMIR SARI is Associate Professor at the Department of City and Regional Planning, Middle East Technical University (METU), Turkey. She earned her PhD in Spatial Planning at TU Dortmund, Germany. She conducted research projects about housing affordability, residential vacancy, and property rights. She is currently teaching urban economics and housing. Her research interests are urban studies, housing economics, housing policy, and residential reinvestment. She is the editor of the Housing Book Series launched by the Institute of Urban Studies (Turkey).

    Nil UZUN is a Professor at the Department of City and Regional Planning, Middle East Technical University (METU), Turkey. She earned her Ph.D. degree in Urban Geography at Utrecht University in 2001 with her dissertation on gentrification in İstanbul. She participated in and conducted research projects about urban transformation. Along with teaching urbanization and urban sociology, she is doing research mainly on gentrification and residential transformation.