IstanPol Institute and Heinrich Böll Stiftung Foundation Turkey presents URBANITAS, a project that aims to establish criterion for the quantitative analysis of sustainability in urban transformation projects. The project is headed by urban researcher Orhan Esen and political scientist Dr. Defne Kadıoğlu Polat.
The current Istanbul urban transformation is one of the most significant milestones of Turkish urbanization history. With an arguable increase in prosperity, the social structure of Turkish cities point to stark changes in the upcoming years. Therefore, it is imperative to ensure interventions to such structures are healthy and calculated. Thus, it is alarming to see that the work conducted so far into urban transformation remains at a qualitative level.
A quantitative approach has never been applied by civil organizations so far. Such approaches are commonly used by international bodies, such as LEED, BREEAM, and DGNB. While there are quantitative rating systems established by academic circles in Turkey, they are not up to par with the practicality of the systems used by the organisations above, and they do not fare well with the civil aspect of the situation.
Following from these points, URBANITAS will represent a first not only in Turkey, but also worldwide, owing to its focus on civil society and quantitative approaches.