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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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28 Evaluation of Amasra’s Visual Landscape Quality in Terms of Natural, Historical, and Cultural Values

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Abstract: In this chapter; the visual landscape assessment of Bartın province, Amasra district is made, especially with the idea that the area is significant for its visual landscape value, and identifying areas of importance is also aimed. For this purpose; the scoring systems required for the evaluation of the visual landscape of Amasra are identified with the help of academicians and experts, and visually high-quality landscapes are defined. The landscape structure of an area is closely related to the perceived visual landscape quality. Visual landscape character has a significant effect on people’s recreational activity preferences. The more natural, different, diverse, harmonious, intriguing, mysterious, perspective, reassuring, and regular the landscape structure of an area is, the higher visual value it provides. In this context, the role of landscape esthetical quality in environmental management should be taken into consideration and the visual esthetical structure of the landscape should be included in planning decisions.

Keywords: Amasra, Visual value, Landscape

Introduction

Before defining the value of the visual landscape, it is necessary to define the concept of landscape. According to the European Landscape Convention also signed by Turkey, which is a framework agreement for protection, management, and planning of natural and cultural landscape as a whole, landscape is, as perceived by people, the area formed as a result of the interaction and activities of area characteristics and natural and/or human factors (1). The interaction of a series of biotic, abiotic, visual, and cultural components creates...

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