Journal of Contemporary Urban Affairs <h2><strong>Journal of Contemporary Urban Affairs</strong></h2> <p><strong>Main Title</strong></p> <p>Journal Of Contemporary Urban Affairs</p> <p><strong>Serial key title</strong></p> <p>Journal Of Contemporary Urban Affairs</p> <p><strong>Abbreviation:</strong> JCUA</p> <p><strong>Serial type:</strong> Journal</p> <p><strong>Publisher:</strong> Alanya Hamdullah Emin Paşa Üniversitesi, <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener"></a></p> <p><strong>Format:</strong> Printed and Electronic version / ISSN <a href="">2475-6156</a> (printed) ISSN <a href="">2475-6164</a> (online)</p> <p> <strong>Web site: </strong><a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>Editor:</strong> Dr. Hourakhsh A. Nia (Editor-in-Chief)</p> <p><strong>Frequency:</strong> 2 issues per year (June and December)</p> <p><strong>Start year:</strong> 2017</p> <p><strong>The DOI prefix</strong> allotted for JCUA is 10.25034</p> <p><strong>Content type:</strong> Academic/Scholarly</p> <p><strong>Language:</strong> English</p> <p><strong>Key features:</strong> Abstracted and Indexed, Refereed, Double-Blind Peer Review.</p> <p><strong>Status:</strong> Active</p> <p><strong>Keywords:</strong> Pandemic and Urban Public Spaces, Conflict and Divided Territories, Emerging Cities, Morphology, Infra Habitation , Slums , Affordable Houses, Gated Communities, Revitalization, Regeneration and Urban renewal, Quality of Life , Rapid Urbanization, Urban Sprawl.</p> en-US (Hourakhsh Ahmad Nia) (Mehmet Kilinc) Sun, 24 Jan 2021 10:27:55 +0000 OJS 60 Optimizing the Spatial Configurations of an Urban Open Space: Syntactic Analysis of the Restored Hatirjheel Wetland, Dhaka <p>Owing to rapid urbanization, the role of urban open spaces, both in the inhabitants’ daily and social lives, is becoming increasingly significant. This significance is even more applicable for the densely populated Dhaka city, which has historically overseen numerous urban migrations. Regretfully, the inhabitants of Dhaka can access a few urban recreational facilities, public open spaces in particular. Due to illegal encroachment, low maintenance and rigid policymaking, those limited number of open spaces are becoming desolated gradually and are in the potential danger of greater extinction soon. The Hatirjheel wetland area inside Dhaka has recently been restored as an important public open space to connect the city’s green-blue network. Accessibility is a significant spatial configuration to judge its potential success. This research analyzed how accessibility would optimize the multi-scalar relationship between neighborhood and urban activities. It also searched for its potentials as an active urban open space to accelerate local and global activity through a series of syntactic analyses. The possible weaknesses behind those open spaces’ inactiveness were both theoretically and practically investigated. Finally, it suggested some recommendations by analyzing these circumstances to improve the current conditions and obtain optimum benefits from the existing open space.</p> Md Arifur Rahman Copyright (c) New Cities as a tool for Territorial Development along the Egyptian Mediterranean North-western Coast <p>In Egypt, a ’new cities’ policy was initiated to depopulate the dense Nile Valley. Accordingly, national urban development corridors, such as coastal frontiers, were prioritized for urban development. Moreover, in the past decades, new cities and touristic developments were heavily adopted in the regional plans of the Northwestern Coast. The research studies whether new coastal desert cities would actively redirect the prevailing rapid urban growth towards the desert. Since there has been little comprehensive research along the Northwestern Coast, the research provides a comprehensive view of the coastal development and studies two new cities built along the coast, namely Borg el Arab and Alamein New City, in terms of master planning, target population and the status quo. The research concludes that, New Cities, as a ‘modernist’ solution to urbanizing communities, needs gradual growth, strong political, social and economic base to build upon and constant reassessment and adaptation. Nonetheless, given the current confinements in Egypt, the gradual and concentrated expansion of existing urban settlements could be a more effective development discourse.<br><br></p> Rana Elrashidy Copyright (c)