The Turkish gateway to the Mediterranean

A smart district planned to be pedestrian and bike friendly with a large green corridor.

With around 2.4 million inhabitants, the historical city of Antalya is the 5th largest city in Turkey. Located on the Mediterranean, in the south-west of the country, it is a well-known international touristic destination and has been the tourism capital of Turkey. By 1993, Antalya became a Metropolitan Municipality. As an international showcase city, Antalya looks forward to achieving sustainable local development by providing a high quality of life, skilled employment and competitive service, agricultural and clean industries.

The 2015-2019 Strategic Plan of the Metropolitan Municipality envisions Antalya to have a transparent, participate and efficient administration dedicated to its cultural, historical and ecological heritage. Despite its rapid growth in urban migration, its local government is aware of the need to protect the city’s and its hinterland’s natural, ecological and historical endowments. Moreover, it wants to transform the city by letting it be a smart service hub of the region, modernizing its agricultural sector and maximising its resource efficiency while diversifying the tourism sector.

The district: Kepez Santral

The first of the many “smart districts” targeted by Antalya Metropolitan Municipality within the scope of urban transformation is the New Kepez Santral District. Through MAtchUP, the district will create a 2 Billion USD economy for Antalya and will be the first of its kind where a smart city is being created from scratch using several smart city initiatives. Infrastructure, energy, mobility, water, lighting, environment, security, health, smart home and integrated technology solutions will be provided to 80.000 residents who will live and work in the region by the year 2019. Dangerous and earthquake-risk urban area has been demolished while all ownership problems have been completely resolved. These allow the development of a smart, green, livable area.

The first stage of development will include the high performance district targeted by the demo site. “Best practices” on smart, energy efficient built environments will be presented to the rest of the New Kepez Development. This will be followed by a demonstration of high degree on the urban renewable concepts and on the smart urban solutions to be implemented in buildings as well as mobility. The smart district will have a large green corridor and will be pedestrian and bike friendly. With all its innovative smart city solutions and the PPP model supporting them, Antalya will serve as a role model for the Southern Europe and Middle East regions in creating Smart Cities from Scratch.

Within MAtchUP the City of Antalya will focus on:

  • constructing new high-performance buildings in the district,
  • improving the sustainable mobility across the whole city (a new fleet of electrical vehicles with the corresponding charging points)


Antalya in a glance

Population: 2,364,396
Area: 1,417 km2
Associations: SEAP and Covenant of Mayors from 2013. Committed to achieve SECAP
Initiatives&strategies: a Urban Climate Adaptability Plan is planned for next year. A revision of Antalya Mobility Master Plan is now ongoing


Energy solutions

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The district current conditions is only based on the regulation, taking into account that the buildings are new constructions.

The main action within the MAtchUP project will involve the increasing of solar power, the installation of solar thermal collection, the installation of smart controls and led public lighting to reduce the energy consumption and to increase the share of renewable energy then reducing emissions and pollution.

Mobility solutions

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Mobility in Antalya is basically focused on two types of transportation, electric and diesel. In this sense, the most part of the transportation systems are diesel-fuelled, i.e. taxi, school-work services and pick-up buses.

Then, the objective of the municipality is to reduce these numbers with the aim of avoiding CO2 emissions and increasing the sustainable public
transport in the city.

Ict solutions

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The Municipality of Antalya, in line with its Digital Agenda, has developed a global ICT-Infrastructure in which many vertical services of the city are integrated.

This Urban Platform of Antalya is in charge of gathering information from these municipal services and to provide information to make city decisions by elaborating a set of key indicators to support this process.

Another objective of the platform is to offer open data to the citizens and municipal managers to support all the necessary information to ease their daily life.

Citizens solutions

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The city of Antalya believes that the citizen participation in urban policy-making is essential for becoming a Smart City: the urban transformation of city passes thorough the involvement and the endorsement of its citizens.

Having this in mind, the city of Antalya is planning to have a citizen-centric approach with several actions and activities expressly dedicated to its inhabitants to raise awareness and acceptance.

Programs for social and local entrepreneurs, participation, education and co-creation activities addressed to citizens, business opportunities for the district inhabitants, local toolkit for the improvement of renewable energies are only few of the numerous activities that the city is planning to organise.