Livenarch VIII Livable Environments & Architecture, 27 - 29 September 2023, vol.3, pp.1002-1018
According to the definition in the Declaration of Concerning Rural Landscapes as Heritage published by ICOMOS/IFLA (2017), production practices and social practices constitute the character and dynamics of a rural area. Based on this definition, this study examines the rural life projects of Cittaslow settlements in Turkey in the context of production practices and social practices. Because this study aims to provide a theoretical discussion by overlapping the concept of Cittaslow with the preservation of the life and space interaction in rural areas. The objectives of this study are also to introduce the methodology for understanding rural areas through life practices and spaces, to define the concept of Cittaslow, and to explore the potential of using the International Cittaslow Requirements to sustain the interaction between everyday life and spaces. Methodologically, the projects related to rural life in Cittaslow settlements in Turkey were compiled from sources, categorized into two groups as production practices and social-cultural practices, and their impacts were evaluated accordingly. The Cittaslow concept includes policies for rural values such as the promotion of local products, direct distribution/sale of local products from producers to consumers and gathering in cultural events for local products. While these policies have significant potential for the preservation and sustainability of rural everyday life and spaces, more comprehensive, integrated, and site-specific approaches to Cittaslow can enhance the emphasis on rural continuity.