An Investigation of Urban Process and Mass Housing Estates Development Through Topographical Formations in Urban Peripheries: A Case Study of Famagusta, Cyprus

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Ozarisoy, B. and Altan, H. (2023). An Investigation of Urban Process and Mass Housing Estates Development Through Topographical Formations in Urban Peripheries: A Case Study of Famagusta, Cyprus . The 7th International Conference on Green Urbanism (GU). University of Rome Tor Vergata 11 - 13 Dec 2023
AuthorsOzarisoy, B. and Altan, H.
TypeConference paper
Abstract

Problems in mass housing estates in Famagusta, Cyprus, have been an issue for urban planning and policy interventions for many years. Neighbourhoods were designed featuring modernist residential tower blocks and suburban row houses with insufficient green areas and no consideration of either the climatic features of the built site or of urban planning, regulations or law. This study discusses ongoing, uncontrolled construction trying to change the contemporary urban environment, based on the features of housing and urbanism. It investigates whether the natural landscape and extensions to topography have played decisive roles in the construction of mass housing estate developments and uses of the rural periphery of this city. The study develops a base case of urban transformation models representing the morphological characteristics of buildings from three distinct construction eras (the 1970s, 1990s and 2010s). The information collected is enriched and verified by site surveys. Through three case studies, the types of buildings in each era are analysed and evaluated in relation to a number of environmental factors, including analyses of the different context layers, to ascertain the existing strength of the urban block development configurations as well as to evaluate their shortcomings under the threat of urban sprawl. The findings not only provide ground research for developing urban retrofit scenarios, but also employ sustainable planning tools based on those urban processes.

Keywordsclimate change; energy efficiency; housing estate; urban energy; retrofit
Year2023
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