African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6638

Full Length Research Paper

Landscaping in reducing traffic noise problem in cities: Ankara case

Elmas Erdogan and Murat E. Yazgan
Ankara University, Faculty of Agriculture Department of Landscape Architecture 06110 Diskapi – Ankara Turkey.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 07 September 2009
  •  Published: 31 October 2009


Cities have been getting overloaded due to the intense immigrations to urban areas and the population growth as a result of them, requiring new equipments and services, as the present infrastructure is insufficient. Besides, a host of problems arise in transportation and traffic infrastructure along with the corruption emerging in urban quarters as a result of socio-economical and technological changes. In big cities, ring roads aimed to increase the speed and capacity of transportation and highways reducing the transportation time between cities have been creating negative impacts as well as leading to facilities in terms of service functions, causing visual and audial pollution in urban areas. In this article, definitions regarding noise and its sources have been made and the precautions to be taken against noise have been mentioned earlier with the adverse effects of noise. Landscape design approaches and suggestions concerning the kinds to be used, which are peculiar to Ankara, have been developed, discussing the role and the function of plant material in reducing the noise of the traffic.


Key words: Ankara, landscaping, landscape design, plant material, noise.