Location: Fatih District, Istanbul, Turkey
Population: 14.3 million
Extent: 5,000,000 m
Context: Mixed-Use (Residential/Commercial/Institutional) and Historic
Cost: 500,000 EUR—consultation only (approx. 560,000 USD)
The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality began a series of pedestrianization projects in 2005 to increase the quality of life in the historic peninsula.
The Transportation Coordination Center (UKOME), the decision-making body on matters of transportation in the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, drafted a number of resolutions for the historic peninsula that aimed to reduce the negative effects of vehicular traffic on tourism, commercial practices, and the environment.
Based on UKOME resolutions and information provided by the 2010 study Istanbul Public Spaces and Public Life, the Fatih Municipality prioritized streets for pedestrianization efforts and accelerated infrastructure work. As a result, 295 streets in the peninsula have been pedestrianized and supporting infrastructure projects such as traffic signalization, granite paving, and waste-management improvements were completed.