In the Context of Visual Pollution: Effects to Trabzon City Center Silhoutte

  •  Demet Yilmaz    
  •  Ayse Sagsoz    


One of the clearest indicators of visual pollution in the cities are their silhouettes. Silhouettes are the faces of physical structure and historical accumulation of cities. But today many cities are full of buildings that are incompatible with each other, that are disrespectful to the environment and that have no identity. Generally, city silhouettes consist of concrete façades, they have changed into common appearances that do not stamp themselves in people’s minds, and the historical environments have disappeared in this chaos.
Trabzon is a coastal city where green and blue meets and which were famous for its orchards, tangerine gardens and terraces that reached the coast. But rapid and unplanned urbanization is changing the city. Moreover, with its history of thousands of years, it is not possible to see these riches effectively in the city which carries the traces of different civilisations.
This paper seeks to investigate the traces of change and transformation that the city has undergone in the silhouette of the city. Interventions in the city and visual pollutions in the city silhouette as a result of these interventions will be considered. In this context, by comparing the new photos of the city with the old ones, the aesthetic value and visual quality of the city will be evaluated.

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