Usability and accessibility of urban service areas with increasing epidemics: the case of Bursa/Turkey

The effect of urban service areas on the quality of life in the post-pandemic period

Keywords: Quality of life, Urban service areas, Accessibility, Sufficiency


The concept of urban life quality, which comes to the fore with urbanization and evaluates the effects of environmental variables on the well-being of the citizens in every respect, is directly related to the quality, quantity, and sufficiency of the urban service areas of the cities. In this study, cultural spaces, open spaces, and green areas in the central district of Bursa are classified as 12 types of urban service areas were examined. Within the framework of the method setup, the existence and distribution of urban services were evaluated within the scope of pre- and post-pandemic conditions, and solution suggestions were developed to increase the quality of life. In this context, it was determined that 47 out of 136 neighborhoods did not have urban service areas, and per capita values were found to be sufficient in only 10 neighborhoods. It is seen that these 10 neighborhoods have more recreational activity opportunities compared to other neighborhoods. The systematic method in the study was created in order to evaluate it as a plan base for physical planning studies in the study area and to shed light on the development of suggestions for increasing the quality of life for each city in general.


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Author Biographies

Elvan Ender Altay, Department of Landscape Architecture, Bursa Uludag University, Bursa, Turkey

She was born in Bursa in 1985. She graduated from Cukurova University, Department of Landscape Architecture in 2008. She completes his master’s and doctorate degrees at Cukurova University on open and green spaces. She has received different awards in urban design competitions. She has been working as an associate at Bursa Uludag University Department of Landscape Architecture since 2014. She conducts landscape design courses and also takes part in landscape projects of different scales. 

Diba Şenay, Department of Landscape Architecture, Ege University, Izmir, Turkey

She was born in Izmir in 1998. She graduated from Istanbul University Department of Landscape Architecture in 2020. In the same year, she started master’s degree at Bursa Uludag University. In 2022, she was assigned to Ege University as a research assistant. She is currently continuing master’s degree at Ege University. She is also a student in the department of GIS at Anadolu University. She works on landscape planning and design, remote sensing, and GIS. In addition, she conducts research on the concepts of urban design and urban quality of life. 


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How to Cite
Ender AltayE., & ŞenayD. (2023). Usability and accessibility of urban service areas with increasing epidemics: the case of Bursa/Turkey. TeMA - Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment, 16(1), 147-163.