Role of Public Space Design on the Perception of Historical Environment: A Pilot Study in Amasya

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2022 , (Early Access, 2021)
Adem, Pınar Çalışır
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The experience, perception, awareness, and appreciation of the environment created by public spaces are important elements of urban design. In this context, a strong link exists between perception, public spaces, and historical cities. Amasya is one of the multilayered historical cities in Anatolia. Amasya's holistic urban texture, close relationship with the river, and public spaces are associated with both the Iris River and the historical texture. This pilot study examines the Yaliboyu Promenade, a contemporary open public space designed along the river and across the historical texture in Amasya in Turkey to reveal how it affects people's perception of the historical environment. The study uses the mixed method approach, which includes qualitative and quantitative data. Following the theoretical discussion, the study investigates the context of the promenade. The survey results revealed how the firsttime visitors had perceived the historical texture of the promenade based on Rapoport's method of using environmental signs. The results were interpreted by jointly evaluating qualitative and survey data. Furthermore, although some aspects need improvement, the promenade solidifies the perception of the historical environment. Overall, when the public space is integrated with the historical environment and public life, it offers multidimensional contributions that cannot be ignored. Therefore, examining the promenade from perceptual aspects and offering a design approach to promote integration with the historical environment may help to establish a precedent case for future initiatives.

Historical Environment , Public Space , Perception , Conservation
Emel Birer, Pınar Çalışır Adem, Role of public space design on the perception of historical environment: A pilot study in Amasya, Frontiers of Architectural Research, Volume 11, Issue 1, 2022, Pages 13-30.