Perkins+Will are global leaders in architecture and urban design with a special emphasis on resilient placemaking. Anchoring their recent work in Turkey, they have been exploring ways to bring in evidence-backed design processes into discussions with multiple stakeholders on large-scale development projects.
Omer Cavusoglu was approached to develop a research methodology to create an analytical framework through which to provide such evidence. Early conversations between the consultant and the design director, David Green, revealed a desire to build a city-wide understanding of Istanbul's value proposition and understand the socio-economic, historic, cultural and spatial components of value.
The first phase of the project was centred around conceptualisation of "resilience" and testing various methodologies. Through the second phase, a city-wide investigation and neighbourhood-level analyses were conducted via mappping, correlation and multiple regression analyses. Connectivity, amenity, proximity, land-use and historic value observations were gathered and a set of recommendations have been disseminated on mixed-use planning policy and development targets.