Akdag, Suzan Girginkaya and Seda H. Bostanci. "The Impacts of Prestige Projects on The Skyline of Istanbul." ArchNet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research, vol. 7, issue 2 (2013): 269-281.
The concept of prestige projects for cities is related to governments’ politics and visions. Under the effects of globalization, central and local authorities have constructed competitive cities. But these cities also have important historical qualities hence these processes have to be made by a holistic planning vision and conservation strategy. For instance, if a city waterfront skyline has a strong image; new constructions should be designed in harmony with the local topography and urban pattern. This paper is based on mathematical and computer based approaches for evaluating aesthetic qualities of city skylines. Therefore a case study on high rise buildings in the main prestige CBD of Istanbul is done. GIS models of Maslak-Zincirlikuyu axis is made and its past, present and future skylines are extracted by database querying and visual analysis. The skylines derived are finally measured by entropy analyses based on formal aesthetic characteristics.