This study aims to examine the role of urban agriculture within sustainable urban policies over the case study of Yedikule Gardens which make up the urban agricultural lands in Istanbul. The main objective of this article which investigates the relationship between urban agriculture and sustainability is to discuss the feasibility of urban sustainability over Yedikule Gardens and whether these gardens may be construed as an example to this relationship within the context of current literature and trends. Sustainability which is a key concept in the creation of a common future is also regarded as one of the fundamental arguments of urban development. One of the instruments of sustainable urban development which refers to the transfer of the values generated within the urban context to future generations is urban agriculture. Urban agriculture carried out to fulfill the requirements of the city itself rather than the global food market is an important element for sustainable urban life together with on-site production. Yedikule Gardens used for urban agriculture for more than 1500 years is one of the examples to such production. On-site production and Yedikule Gardens grounded on the principles of on-site production principles are under the threat of the construction processes in Istanbul nowadays and this requires the discussion of agricultural production and urbanization trends together.
Keywords: Sustainability, Urban development, Urban Agriculture, Yedikule Gardens.