Administration effects, housing environment, cultural heritage, the city of Lefke, Cyprus.



The urban settlement, space and architecture, which can transformation with the cultural politics and sanctions of the administration, are the most significant indicators of local culture and its continuity. With this approach, in this article, it is aimed to determine the effects of administrative periods on the built environment and so, to document the immovable cultural heritage.


The residential environment is the cultural values that carry the architectural codes of the local culture from the past to the present. In the formation of these values, cultural ve spatial policies of the administration together with universal developments such as architectural style, construction technologies and so on as well as geographical location, climate and lifestyle are determinant. In this spiral relationship, while the residential environment of the city of Lefke was examined by focusing on the city's own administration periods, cultural heritage values were questioned and documented. The basis of this approach is to define these values, the first stage of the heritage management system envisaged by the World Heritage Committee, with a "values-led approach" and thus obtain the statement of significance, that is, clues for management strategies.


The traditional and/or historical housing and its pattern have been included in three frameworks, "typological, chronological-regional, and thematic" determined for cultural heritage in 2000s.  In all of these frameworks, the effects of time / space and the administration periods on social and spatial structure are emphasized. In this study, it is documented that the residential environment was shaped according to the administration periods and that its traditional housing and its pattern and some modernist buildings which convey the art deco architectural style are cultural heritage within these frames in the city of Lefke.

Research Limitations

The issues such as the sustainability or management process of cultural heritage values are externalities of this study. 

Social/Practical Implications

This study should be helpful in defining the immovable cultural heritage according to current international policies, approaches and principles.


The residential environment and traditional housing in the city of Lefke are described for the first time with this study.

Author Biography

Nevin Turgut Gültekin, Gazi University

She received her B.Sc. degree in Architecture. She had M.Sc. in field of City and Regional Planning Programme and Ph.D. degree in Urban Conservation and Restoration Programme from Graduate School of Natural and Applied of Gazi University.

She has worked research projects, supported by Gazi University, European Union and TUBİTAK, and participated in several conferences.  She specializes in urban planning, urban conservation and renewal, cultural heritage management, traditional urban housing and its pattern, and has published books (such as 2019. Tarihsel Süreçte Liman Kenti Giresun’da Mekânsal Kimlik [Spatial Identity in Port City Giresun in Historical Process] ISBN 978-605-031-085-6, 2014. Bölünmüş Kentte Kimlik Odakları: Deventer’de Türkler [Identity Foci in the Divided City: Turks in Deventer] ISBN: 978-605-5230-36-4,  with Ö.Güzey, O.Kırsaçlıoğlu, E.Aksoy, E. Ataç, 2010. (2010). 19. yüzyılda Anadolu Kenti ve Konut Dokusu, Ayaş ve Beypazarı [19th Century Anatolian City and Its Dwelling Pattern, Ayaş and Beypazarı] ISBN: 978-605-395-411-8, 2005. Geleneksel Konut Dokusunun Kullanabilirliği, İncesu, Talas Örnekleri [Usability of Traditional Housing Pattern, İncesu, Talas Examples] ISBN: 975-98322-0-8, with Z.Özcan, O.Dündar, A.Sat, and articles on these issues.

She was conservation expert in Presidential High-Level Board of Governors (1999-2007) and Ankara Conservation Board of the Ministry of Culture (2005-2011). Since 2013, she has been working as an associate professor at Gazi University, Faculty of Architecture, Department of City and Regional Planning and has been advising various urban planning companies and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism on conservation planning and heritage management.

She is married and has one child. 


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How to Cite

Turgut Gültekin, N. (2020). READING ADMINISTRATION PERIODS IN BUILT ENVIRONMENT THROUGH THE CITY OF LEFKE-CYPRUS. ICONARP International Journal of Architecture and Planning ISSN: 2147-9380, 8(2), 461–479.