The paper aims to investigate the interplay between the evolution of house forms and the change of residents’ life styles. People continuously modify their living environment to improve their life quality. This has been done in a piecemeal manner traditionally where both the physical forms and life styles could be gradually adapted. However, high transformation rate of cities at the modern age has caused incompatibility of physical forms and the local culture. It is therefore important to study the dynamic link between house forms and the residents’ everyday life and needs over time. Within the Turkish context, this paper will explain the change of Turkish house types within 5 different morphological phases (from the late Ottoman period to the present: 1890-1923, 1923-1950, 1950-1980, 1980-2000, and 2000s) when external influences have been received and indigenised. The house types are traditional Turkish houses, terrace houses, garden houses and apartments. The spatial arrangements of each house type will be analysed through case studies and special attentions will be paid to the everyday use in those houses and the relationships between private, semi-private and public spaces. The conclusion will be drawn on the house form in relation to people’s way of living and will shed light on socio-culturally sustainable development and regeneration in contemporary Turkey.

This analysis is part of an on-going PhD research aiming to bridge two separate subjects: Urban Morphology and Quality of Life (QoL). The PhD research intends to empirically explore the relationship between people and their surrounding environment through the evolution of house types and a monitor of their QoL in the Turkish context. The hypothesis is that constant and gradual transformation of house types might help to maintain better QoL particularly in social and cultural terms, which is claimed by many scholars in literature but has not been adequately supported through empirical research. Thus, the research starts with an examination of the key indicators of QoL in order to establish a framework to monitor QoL during the transformation processes of house types at various changing rates. This new analytical framework will consist of sets of parameters which then will be applied to several selected series of Turkish house types from the late 19th century to the present: Some typological transformation has been incremental while some dramatic. Appropriate quantitative and qualitative methods will be developed according to each parameter. The result will not only firmly support the hypothesis but also benefit the design of house forms in contemporary Turkey to fully integrate the local cultural values to housing design and to improve the residents’ QoL.