Following Traces Of A Public Open Space From 14th Century: Bursa Orhan Gazi Square In Turkey
In this study, the location, the significance and the physical and social changes of Orhan Gazi Square, which is one of the important public open spaces in Bursa, Turkey have been analyzed. It is aimed to reveal the phases that the square has experienced until it has reached today’s practice of use. It is significant to uncover the historic traces of Orhan Gazi Square from past to present in order to understand its value and characteristics. By this research and evaluation, it is aimed to contribute to the projects in regard to the square to be developed in the future considering its physical and social sustainability. In order to support the claims given in the study, several maps showing the development of construction activities and the square during different periods have been reorganized through the use of existing maps. In addition, old photographs from several archives and photographs showing the actual condition of the square have been used. Although the idea of rearranging the Orhan Gazi Square has remained on the agenda, it is considered that there is no need to make any radical interventions in the square. The city dwellers' changing needs can be met with small-scale arrangements and changes to be made on site.
Key Words: Public Open Space, Orhan Gazi Square, Ottoman Period, Republican Period, Bursa