African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6691

Full Length Research Paper

Re-qualifying historical spaces: Usak historical train station

Nurhan KOCAN
Department of Landscape Agriculture, Faculty of Agriculture, Ege University Izmir/Turkey
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 11 June 2013
  •  Published: 01 August 2013


Culture plays an important role as a means of communication and qualification of space determining people’s relationships with their environment. Created elements of material culture are icons of social and cultural structure of an era. In this context, historical sites are cultural heritages that reflect our history, culture and social values. By providing quality to the historical cultural heritage, re-creating new urban spaces is important for the image of cities and moral values. By carrying value and revealing cultural identity, historical spaces that can adapt to the current conditions will live only as long as they can sustain their identity. In this study, the importance of re-evaluation and re-living the historical spaces have been evaluated with different concept plans on the Usak historical train station. In this study, 3 scenarios have been developed and recommendations are made for  preserving one’s architectural issue and open spaces, using 1890 Usak historical train station as a focal point for the functional transformation of cities.


Key words: Historical places, cultural heritage, cultural identity, Usak historical train station.