Immaterial Dimensions of the Right to the City: The Case of Istanbul's Derbent Neighborhood in the Urban Transformation Process

Aksumer G., Yucel H.

PLANLAMA-PLANNING, vol.28, no.1, pp.76-89, 2018 (Journal Indexed in ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 28 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.14744/planlama.2017.55264
  • Title of Journal : PLANLAMA-PLANNING
  • Page Numbers: pp.76-89


The main objective of this article was to discuss the concept of the right to the city using the example of a gecekondu settlement, sometimes referred to as a squatters' neighborhood or a slum, that is part of a transformation project. The article primarily emphasizes the importance of the immaterial and empirical dimensions of the concept of the right to the city. Within this context, the theoretical part of the article is based on the Lefebvrian concept of the right to the city, which may be explained as the right to live anywhere one wishes to live and/or to decide one's own future.