Addressing housing issues as a study of relationships between people and their socio-physical surroundings within the course of neo-liberal urban conditions, Turkey has experienced highly restricted centralized administration through political and economic decisions in terms of provision of housing environments especially in the last two decades. Perceived agenda of mass housing as well as so-called social housing appears to the improvements of environmental quality through urban revitalization by governmental institutional structures according to the TOKI (the Housing Development Administration of Turkey) - belong to Prime Ministry- accepted standards. Actually, democratic resolutions in the process of mass housing developments needs to be reminded, if people-side of housing, residential streets and landscape in the urban cores in a homely designed manners to contribute to societal diversities entailing to sustainable ecologies.

Complications ranging to the diverse needs of citizens in terms of vulnerabilities in the society should be solved well oriented innovative strategies, policies, regulations and by-laws, which may not exist in our systems, that can be created as implementing models of dwelling production within more sustainable parameters on the spot by working with the local communities. Promoting multi-disciplinary approaches and critical thinking will bring ideas, experiences and good practices regarding people as social capital in their residential quarters as a challenge for building a sustainable future.

As the specific case of such urban housing problematic, we proposed to explore Mersin as a case, which has received a drastic number of migrated populations since 1980s. This phenomenon caused to open most of the green-land to the housing construction. The development extended along the seashore, which ruined the ecological character and the natural public zone has been shortened.

One of the quarter, Eğriçam in Yenişehir administrative district has shown a more traditional division in plot system in terms of housing typology in compare with the new model of high-rise apartment housing. Urban Planning Department in the Municipality of Yenişehir developed a revision plan to promote this quarter. However, the inhabitants refuse to accept new TOKI Housing Development out-skirts of the City. In fact, this is very interesting example to show a challenge due to the growing concern of social equality and sustainable urbanism. As a proposal, relying on the alternatives of current policies may regard community participation and life quality correspondence. Furthermore, filling the gap between behavior and urban design in sustainable society, Sense of place and resilience to change will be addressed as a research issue due to the transition to sustainable societies. In order to create user and community participation in the renovation process of building, designing policies for transition to a sustainable society and participation for sustainability
may be achieved. Social networking versus physical commons can be investigated by observation, interviews by several actors to have a meaningful approach for an innovative and democratic policy approach.