Sancaklar Mosque / Emre Arolat Architects

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Architects: Emre Arolat Architects
Location: Istanbul,
Area: 700.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Thomas Mayer

Zorlu Center / Emre Arolat Architects + Tabanlıoğlu Architects

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Architects: Emre Arolat Architects + Tabanlıoğlu Architects
Location: Beşiktaş/ Province, Turkey
Area: 639 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Thomas Mayer

10 Fires That Changed Architecture Forever

After being destroyed by fire and laying in ruins for 60 years, the Reichstag became a symbol of the new democracy in the 1990s with Norman Foster’s renovation. Image © Flickr CC User Werner Kunz

With no casualties, last week’s fire at the Glasgow School of Art, which caused significant damage to parts of the building and gutted Charles Rennie Mackintosh‘s canonical library room, will be remembered as a tragic event that robbed us of one of the best examples of Art Nouveau of its time. The intention of the is to restore the building in the hope that in generations to come, the fire will be all but forgotten, a strategy which has been largely well received by the profession.

However, in the case of other fires things have not gone so smoothly: for millennia, fire has played a big role in determining the course of architectural history - by destroying precious artifacts, but often also by allowing something new to rise from the ashes. Read on after the break as we count down the top 10 fires that changed the course of architectural .

Ulus Savoy Residences / Emre Arolat Architects

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Architects: Emre Arolat Architects
Location: Istanbul,
Architect In Charge: Gonca Paşolar, Kerem Piker, Deniz Kösemen, Zeki Samer, Serdar Sipahioğlu
Design Team: Gülseren Gerede Tecim, Zeynep Yapar, Nesime Önel, Sezer Bahtiyar, Olcay Özten, Volkan Yağ, Özge Çağlayan, Hale Ikizler, Merve Yüksel, Süleyman Yıldız, Başak Tekin, Nida Pelin Üye, Sevim Uyan, Elif Ekim,Ertuğrul Morçöl, Selahattin Tüysüz
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Emre Arolat Architects + Ertuğrul Morçöl + Selahattin Tüysüz

Santral Istanbul Museum of Contemporary Arts / Emre Arolat Architects

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Architects: Emre Arolat Architects
Location: ,
Design Team: Kerem Piker, Gani Turunç, Ertuğrul Morçöl,Orhun Ülgen, Sezer Bahtiyar, Esin Erez, Murat Yavuzoğlu, Serdar Tercan, Ufuk Berberoğlu, Gözde Sazak, Gülseren Gerede Tecim, Hale İkizler
Area: 100,000 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Courtesy of Emre Arolat Architects

Suyabatmaz Demirel Proposes Terraced Market Hall for Sultangazi  

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A marketplace is typical for most Turkish city districts. They provide a point of cohesion for the community, acting as an economic hub, a landmark, and an impromptu park. In the rapidly developing Sultangazi district of Istanbul, however, such a public place has yet to be seen. To remedy this, Suyabatmaz Demirel Architects have recently proposed a combination market hall and car park for the middle of this populous residential area.

Eyüp Cultural Center and Marriage Hall / Emre Arolat Architects

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Architects: Emre Arolat Architects
Location: Istanbul,
Area: 6,350 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Cemal Emden

Sahibinden.com Office / Erginoğlu & Çalışlar Architects

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Architects: Erginoğlu & Çalışlar Architects
Location: Bostancı, 34920 Kadıköy/ Province,
Design Team: İ. Kerem Erginoğlu, Hasan C. Çalışlar, Emre Erenler, Türkan Yılmaz, Ayşe Selin Gürel, Ülkücan Turhan, Quentin Gaucher, Ezgi Sönmez, Niyazi Külahlı,İsmail Serdar Demir
Area: 5,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Emre Dörter

Details Emerge on World’s Largest Airport Terminal in Istanbul

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Grimshaw, Nordic Office of Architecture (Oslo) and Haptic Architects (London) have released details on what is expected to be the world’s busiest airport terminal: Istanbul Grand Airport. Planned for the Black Sea coast, just 35 kilometers outside the city, the six-runway development, masterplanned by Arup, will serve as a modern gateway to Istanbul and .

The first of the project’s four phases is slated for completion in 2018 and will serve 90 million passengers per year. Once all phases are complete, the airport’s capacity will expand to over 150 million annual passengers, making it the world’s largest airport terminal under a single roof.

“The Istanbul Grand Airport will be a modern, highly functional airport, with a unique sense of space,” described Nordic. “The airport is inspired by what makes Istanbul great: a large-scale, heaving metropolis with millennia of history, stunning architecture, both new and old, and a richness in color, patterns and quality of light.”

Trump Cadde / GAD

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Architects: GAD
Location: Beyoğlu/ Province, Turkey
Architectural Project & Design: Gokhan Avcioglu &
Project Team: Jonas Kirsch, Derya Arpaç, Tahsin İnanici, Gökşen Güngör
Area: 1,040 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Alp Eren

Venice Biennale 2014: Turkey to Explore “Places of Memory” in Istanbul

Places of Memory / Hafiza Mekanlari. Image © Ali Taptik

The İstanbul Foundation for Culture and Art (İKSV) has announced ’s first-ever participation in the Venice Architecture Biennale: “Places of Memory.” Comprised of the work of five contemporary Turkish artists, and curated by architect , the pavilion will aim to illustrate how a variety of 20th century architectural styles eventually evolved into a singe style throughout most of the contemporary world. 

Ziya Imren Wins Competition for Instanbul’s Beykoz School Complex

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Ziya İmren Architects has recently won an invited competition for the design of the Beykoz School complex in . The firm’s winning proposal distinguished itself by embedding its layout within the steep site’s natural surrounding and organizing school as a “cascading” hierarchy of spaces.

Ziraat Bank Headquarters / KPF

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KPF has unveiled what will be their first project in Turkey: a pair of 40- and 46-story towers that will serve as the new headquarters for the country’s largest and oldest financial institution. The Ziraat Bank Headquarters will be the centerpiece of the new International Financial Centre (IIFF), encompassing over 400,000-square-meters of office space and inspired by the site’s rich architectural context. 

CTHB Law Office / Salon Architects

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Architects: Salon Architects
Location: , Turkey
Design: Alper Derinboğaz, Melike Altınışık
Area: 250 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Büşra Yeltekin

Grimshaw to Design World’s Largest Terminal in Istanbul

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Following a competitive interview process Grimshaw, in partnership with Nordic Office of Architecture, has been appointed by the Turkish consortium of Cengiz, Mapa, Limak, Kolin and Kalyon to design the terminal complex for Istanbul New Airport

Located on the Black Sea coast, some 35km outside of Istanbul, the ambitious six-runway development, masterplanned by Arup, will be delivered in four phases. The first phase will open in 2019 and aims to serve 90 million passengers per year. This will increase to 150 million passengers per annum once fully complete. The new airport will include the world’s largest airport terminal, with a gross floor area close to one million square meters.

Arkimeet 2013: Architects meet in Istanbul

Arkitera Architecture Center is an independent architecture center that has been dedicated to sustain a better architectural practice, enhance the architectural culture and to raise the architectural quality in Turkey.

ARKIMEET, one of the brands created by Arkitera Architectural Center, is developed as the most significant meeting platform among the architects in Turkey. With the motto “ARCHITECTS MEET in ”, the event will comprise national and international conferences, panels and award ceremonies to honor individuals and institutions which contribute to the improvement of the urban quality. In addition to these activities and awards, it is aimed to provide opportunities to establish one-to-one connections among the participants and providing appropriate meeting occasions.

This year speakers include Julien de SmedtDurmuş DilekçiAnne Marie Galmstrup, and Josep Lluis Mateo among others.

Complete information after the break.

Turks Paint Public Walkways in Protest

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In June we covered some of the anti-government protests that were taking Turkey by storm – but the Turks are still making headlines! Last week, one resident decided to paint a derelict public stair only to find it hastily covered up by government workers. In an act of “guerilla beautification” and silent protest, people across Turkey have once again taken to the streets to paint their stairs and public walkways in rainbow colors. For the full story, check out this article on The Lede by Robert Mackey.

Tokyo to Host the 2020 Olympics!

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UPDATE: Minutes ago was announced as the host of the 2020 Olympics. Zaha Hadid’s design to become the Olympic stadium.

Today the International Olympic Comitee (IOC) will choose the city that will host the 2020 Olympics, with Madrid, Tokyo and competing for the important event. The three cities just finished their presentations in Buenos Aires, Argentina, including presidents and royal members. As we await for the results, we present you the three stadiums designed to host the Olympics in each city.

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