A new approach for participative urban design: An urban design study of Cumhuriyet urban square in Yozgat Turkey

Ayten A. M., Dede O. M., Dikmen Ç. B.

Journal of Geography and Regional Planning, vol.5, no.5, pp.122-131, 2012 (Scopus)

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 5 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Journal Name: Journal of Geography and Regional Planning
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.122-131
  • Abdullah Gül University Affiliated: Yes


The concept of participation has come into prominence in urban planning and urban design since the 
mid- 1970’s as consciousness of local identity increased. There is a significant body of research on 
participation related to urban design. Various participation methods, models, and processes have been
proposed each based on specific experiences. This article presents a participation method and process 
for the urban design study of Yozgat Cumhuriyet square. This method is useful for defining a new 
approach in participative urban design based on intense and sincere communication between 
designers and users. The study was conducted entirely as an academic workshop. First, questionnaires 
were used to ensure participation, then it was expected that the participants, who accepted to take part 
in the later stages of design would directly contribute to urban design process. However, the final urban 
design project could not be prepared as the process failed at the stage of active participation of the 
citizens. Although, it failed, the process could be evaluated as a new approach/model for the 
participative urban design. This article explains the method and process and discusses the reasons for 
the failure in the case study.