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The Effectiveness of Urban Green Spaces and Socio-Cultural Facilities

Mehmet Faruk Altunkasa, Süha Berberoğlu, Cengiz Uslu, Halil Duymuş


This paper aims to develop a theoretical approach for mapping and determining the effectiveness of green spaces and socio-cultural facilities in the case of Adana, Turkey. Firstly, green spaces and socio-cultural facilities per capita has been determined and indexed for the neighbourhoods in the city. Then, a distance-based method for estimating the effectiveness of these facilities was used. The distance amongst the neighbourhoods and between a facility and the farthest threshold has been measured initially and these values have been used to determine the facility effectiveness change value of each neighbourhood. Secondly, effective values have been calculated and indexed by incorporating the green space and socio-cultural facility values and the effectiveness change values of the neighbourhoods. Finally, point based effective green spaces and socio-cultural facilities’ index values have been converted to continuous surface values in a GIS environment in order to utilize as a base map for urban physical planning purposes. According to the outcomes of this study, the distribution of green spaces and socio-cultural facilities of the neighborhoods are imbalanced and index values of these facilities are ranged in between 45-84 out of 100.


Effectiveness Change Value; GIS; Index Map; Index Value; Socio-Cultural Facilities; Urban Green Spaces

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