From Traditional Neighborhoods to Urban Enclaves: An investigation on the residents’ perceptions of their residential territories

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The significance of spatial proximity in terms of social relations and access to resources have diminished in the recent era while near home environments are still vital components of urban space since they form the secondary territories of urban residents after their homes and constitute the majority of the urban built environment. Albeit, existing residential fabric is under the threat of fastpaced transformations while recent developments emerge in the form of insular subdivisions and residential enclaves. In this context, this research aims to examine the residential environments not through the conventional planning techniques but from the ‘insider’s perspective’. Hence, the research investigates how urban residents perceive their residential territories in the recent era within different spatial layouts. The extent and content of perceived territorial unit as residential territory, as well as territorial landmarks and also territorial gaps are examined within the scope of the research. In this regard, a comparative case study is conducted in two districts of Ankara, Turkey namely Kavaklıdere and Çukurambar. The results reveal both the consistencies and idiosyncrasies in residents’ definition of their residential territories and reveal significant insights for the future planning and design of residential environments.
residential environment, human territoriality, resident perception