EVALUATION OF SLOW CITY (CITTASLOW) MOVEMENT IN THE CONTEXT OF URBAN QUALITY OF LIFE

Abstract

Author(s): Duygu AK? Do?an BIKI

It’s not possible to think quality of life independtly from the environment that lived in. Because high individual quality of life does not ensure the urban quality of life to be high that affected from environmental problems. Slow City (Cittaslow) Movement that occurs in the year of 1999 in Italy began as a protest against the loss of cities’ identitiy and authenticity by the effect of globalization. The main aim of the movement is, as stated in the Cittaslow Charter, to enhance the quality of life of city-dwellers. There are various criterions for Cittaslow cities need to observe in the name of becoming a member of Union and ensuring the continuity of membership. It’s possible to anticipate the improvement of urban quality of life in consequence of projects, activites and practices which are implemented in the city to meet these criterions. Since living in a Cittaslow city requires a different urban planning and life style, it also affects the quality of life of local residents undoubtly. In this study, concepts of “slow city (Cittaslow)” and “urban quality of life” are discussed interrelatedly. In this direction the aim of the study is to evaluate the Cittaslow movement within the framework of urban quality of life and to define the arguments that can be used to associate urban quality of life and Cittaslow Movement.

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