Publication: Reclaiming streets as places of dialog: car-free Sundays in Istanbul as an experience of social dimension of transportation
In parallel with the economic, environmental and social problems in the world, tendency for alternative and sustainable transportation approaches have increased. As a solution to these problems, people-centred and sustainable transportation policies are developed on the bases of their successful and permanent results in long term. This study, discusses streets as spaces of dialog by focusing on social dimension of transportation. Existing trend changes in transportation, which considers human movements and accessibilities as their focus rather than vehicles are questioned in local scale. In this context, the study introduces experience of Istanbul in Turkey concerning the social dimensions of transportation in order to reclaim the streets as public spaces for dialog. The study conveys the experiences of Carfree Sundays events in Istanbul in order to discuss the reflections of people-centred transportation approach and its socio-spatial effects on streets. Based on these ideas, "Street Belongs to Us Organisation" was founded in 2010 as a non-profit organization, which focuses on people-centred cities and streets for a livable future in Turkey. This organization was involved in different projects, campaigns, interviews, events, workshops to make citizens aware of the transportation problems and alternatives, different usages of public spaces in terms of peoplecentred and livable cities. The main project of "Street Belongs to Us Organisation Once in a Month" - Carfree Sundays organized by ‘Street Belongs to Us Organisation’ in Istanbul aimed to produce longterm solutions for traffic culture. In addition to this, another main objective was providing information, governance and communication networks where all the actors of the process are included. Collaboration with other organizations such as municipalities, local residents, NGOs, sponsors, and local initiatives to achieve efficient participatory urban processes was the main structure of this project. This experience indicates that change in transportation can help reclaiming street as places for dialog, interaction and communication as well as a fundamental parameter of transportation network.
Book of proceedings: Annual AESOP Congress, Spaces of Dialog for Places of Dignity, Lisbon, 11-14th July, 2017
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