Examination of Campus Landscape Development from Past to Present: The Case of Van Yüzüncü Yıl University

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Yeler O., Örek A.

in: Sustainability, Conservation and Ecology in Spatial Planning and Design, Prof. Dr. Murat ÖZYAVUZ, Editor, Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., Berlin, pp.761-773, 2022

  • Publication Type: Book Chapter / Chapter Research Book
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc.
  • City: Berlin
  • Page Numbers: pp.761-773
  • Editors: Prof. Dr. Murat ÖZYAVUZ, Editor
  • Van Yüzüncü Yıl University Affiliated: Yes


University campuses around the world are rapidly developing and changing

in terms of both educational infrastructure and creating living spaces. With this change,

there is a need for more design and planning in campus landscapes. In parallel with this,

long and short- term plans should be put forward. For example, studies should be carried

out at the scale of the master plan, and the sub- scale studies should proceed by this

plan. In this study, the Van YYU campus landscape development, which has a 40- year

history and settled on a large area of 720 ha in terms of land size, has been examined

under different headings. In this context, the current situation of the campus, the use

of the campus and its surroundings, the building construction dates, the general landscape

situation, the general landscape design approach, and the open and green space

qualities have been examined and presented with visual maps. It has been observed

that the connections between open green spaces and buildings in the campus landscape

are weak, these connections have been strengthened with the projects implemented in

recent years, and open green spaces providing functional use have been added. It has

been observed from the past to the present that the campus landscape designs have not

progressed within the framework of a certain concept, and it has been observed that

the use of open green spaces has been tried to be created by making additions to the

surroundings of the buildings made in line with the needs in general. However, it has

been determined that studies such as the master plan study and joint open green space

planning made in recent years contribute to creating a holistic concept in landscape

designs for the university at this point.