Investigation of Place Attachment and Sense of Belonging from the Perspective of the Residents - Samanbahçe Social Residences as Case Study

Keywords: Belonging, Human-environment relationship, North Cyprus, Place attachment, Samanbahçe social houses.


For each individual, the residence he lives in is his domain and expresses the limits of privacy. In other words, the house is the private space where people express themselves and even feel themselves part of it. In this context, the relationship between the human and the residential environment is gaining importance. In the study carried out, the concepts of spatial identity, satisfaction, belonging, and human-space, human-environment relationships were examined. Samanbahçe Houses, the first social housing example built in the Ottoman period in Nicosia, North Cyprus, was selected as the study area. In the study, a questionnaire survey was conducted, including questions about human-space, human-environment relationships, spatial features, and questions about the sense of belonging-place attachment. The numerical data obtained in the survey study were analyzed together with user opinions. In the research and observations made within the scope of this study, which will contribute to future studies on Samanbahçe Houses, many spatial deficiencies and renovation needs were identified in the houses built based on user needs and expectations time they were constructed.  On the other hand, the results of the interviews and surveys conducted with the users revealed that the degree of belonging and satisfaction of the people living in this area regarding their home and environment is quite high. Samanbahçe Houses continue to live as a sustainable example of social, cultural, environmental, and indoor features.


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Author Biographies

Beren Aygenç, Near East University

M. Int. Arch. Near East University, Faculty of Architecture Near East Avenue, Nicosia /North Cyprus.

Çimen Özburak, Near East University

Assist. Prof Dr. Near East University, Faculty of Architecture Near East Avenue, Nicosia /North Cyprus.

Semra Sema Uzunoğlu, Bahçeşehir Cyprus University

Assist. Prof Dr. Bahçeşehir  Cyprus University, Faculty of Architecture and Engineering Bahçeşehir Cyprus University Alayköy Campus, Nicosia /North Cyprus.


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How to Cite
Aygenç, B., Özburak, Çimen, & Uzunoğlu, S. (2020). Investigation of Place Attachment and Sense of Belonging from the Perspective of the Residents - Samanbahçe Social Residences as Case Study. Amazonia Investiga, 9(32), 91-107.