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New Approaches to Spatial Planning and Design

Planning, Design, Applications

Edited By Murat Özyavuz

One of the main objectives of planning and design is the reflection of the works to the space. Therefore, the starting point of this book is to reveal the research conducted by different professions in the field of spatial planning and design. For this purpose, original researches on direct application and land were included. Planning and design studies need co-operation between professions in order to fulfill this philosophy. These activities are effective means of fulfilling the philosophy of sustainability. Planning and design is a tool to tell the story of a community, and how it’s past, present and future work together for a sustainable tomorrow. The design process in which the most appropriate spatial compositions are revealed by shaping the areas in the direction of planning decisions, develops in the continuation of the planning process. This book is for landscape architects and other planning and design professions. Theoretical foundations, theories, methods, and applications will be essential parts of this reference book. In addition, this book addresses several very different subjects of study; landscape management, biodiversity, landscape restoration, landscape design, urban design, urban planning and architectural design related to theory, practice and the results will be covered.

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25 Theoretical Approaches on Aesthetics and Urban Aesthetics Concept


Abstract: Urban aesthetics has been the concern of many academic researches, and there have been now more than hundred definitions of urban aesthetics. It is crucial to understand that aesthetics is more than just about the form and physical qualities of a place. Likewise, urban aesthetics is not only the concerns of academics, but also the concern of urbanites of cities and daily users of urban space. This research is based on the assumption that it is important to understand how the city people sense the aesthetics concept and how public spaces they prefer visually and aesthetically besides academic studies and urban places theories upon aesthetics.

Keywords: Aesthetics, Urban aesthetics, Urban public space, Urban identity

1 Introduction

What distinguishes human from other living things is the cultural structure that it owns. That cultural structure, which privileges human from other creatures, reserves many components including aesthetics. Hence ones such as the way of people living, value judgments, belief systems, etc., provide information about their aesthetics judgment structures, as well as their cultural structures. While societies constitute a set of aesthetic values according to their cultural structures, on the other hand, these aesthetic values becomes determinative factors for their “aesthetic judgments.”

The universal dimension of the aesthetic judiciary depends on the conditions that will fundamentally enable the environment to be aesthetic. As a second step, some characteristics related to the history of that culture can be exhibited. These can be sculptures, architectural...

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