İller Bankası Anonim Şirketi, İzmir Bölge Müdürlüğü,
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The most basic feature which ensures sustainability for the cities is the transmitting capacity of their historical-cultural-natural- esthetical values, developed throughout the history and provides their identity, to the future generations.
Most of the cities, having historical-cultural-natural-esthetical values, in Turkey, are started to lose their original identity because of the ideology ignoring these qualities and the wrong decisions on the zoning of application plans. Finally, the cities in our country are increasingly started to “similar to each other”.
According to author the increase in the number of cities which have no identity is accepted as the main cause of unsustainable environment and the city. To sustain the cities having urban identity will be the main concern of this article and it is attempted to propose some recommendations for the continuity of their “identity”.