Besiktas Fish Market Refurbishment / GAD

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Architects: GAD
Location: Beşiktaş/ Province,
Architects In Charge: Gokhan Avcİoglu & GAD
Area: 320.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of GAD

Eight Teams Shortlisted for Canakkale Antenna Tower in Turkey

Çanakkale Antenna Tower International Competition

Eight international teams have been shortlisted to design a 100-meter tall Observation and Broadcast Tower for the historic city of Çanakkale. The competition, now in its second stage, has required each team to develop their schematic designs before submitting them to the jury in February.

As stated by the competition brief, “competitors are strongly recommended to consider the technological requirements of the broadcasting tower and recreational potentials of a public entity with equal emphasis.” Once complete, the forested hilltop site will be transformed into a public destination, offering exhibition spaces, recreational facilities and observation decks, in addition to an “iconic antenna tower.”

The complete shortlist includes:

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

Çanakkale Antenna Tower International Competition

Competition Site

Çanakkale, a city of unique urban , is situated on the northwestern coast of Turkey along the Aegean Sea and Dardanelles. The new antenna tower to be designed will be located at the southern outskirt of Çanakkale and will broadcast to the surrounding . The site for the proposed tower is on the top of a hill -and within a national forest- providing stunning views of the Dardanelles.

The competitors are strongly recommended to consider the technological requirements of the broadcasting tower and recreational potentials of a public entity with equal emphasis.

The scope of the competition is not only limited to the design of an iconic antenna tower but also includes development of innovative concepts for creating outdoor and indoor spaces enabling public programs of leisure, recreation and exhibition that will attract local people as well as tourists. The design and the position of the project should create a destination in the region that will be renown throughout Turkey.

More information after the break.

Grimshaw to Design World’s Largest Terminal in Istanbul

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Following a competitive interview process Grimshaw, in partnership with , 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.

Bursa Wholesale Greengrocers and Fishmongers Market / Tuncer Cakmakli Architects

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Architects: Tuncer Cakmakli Architects
Location: /Bursa Province, Turkey
Area: 304000.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Tuncer Cakmakli Architects

Turkey Design Mission 2013

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Turkey’s fast growth has increased the demands in the construction sector, opening many opportunities for architects.

Turkey Design Mission Edition III will be Turkey’s only event to gather the key stakeholders involved in development projects as part of the Hospitality Focus and Urban Regeneration scheme for face to face interactions, source the most innovative products and most importantly lead goal setting discussions to prescribe the standards to be met as part of Turkey’s Vision of 2023 in the real estate sector.

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 .

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.

VIGOSS Textile – Showroom and Design Office / Zemberek Design Office

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Architects: Zemberek Design Office
Location: Beylikdüzü, Istanbul,
Design Team: Başak Emrence, Şafak Emrence, Başak Bakkaloğlu
Client: VIGOSS Textile
Area: 500 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Şafak Emrence

Litterfall Social and Cultural Center Competition Entry / Ziya Imren Architects

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The main idea for the Litterfall Social and Cultural Center was to create a space and atmosphere where people come together to share their ideas, talk, sing, paint, dance and create a social and cultural life to illuminate their own daily life. Designed by Ziya Imren Architects, this small scale building typology is a very important to the culture of , since it offers a comfortable place, where people can feel themselves at home and contribute to their own artworks. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Varyap Merıdıan H Block / MTF Proje

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Architects: MTF Proje
Location: Istanbul,
Architectural Project: Dome Mimarlık
Design Team: Derya Ekim Öztepe, Ozan Öztepe, Deniz Ekim Çubukçu, Betül Karanfil
Area: 12660.27 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of MTF Proje

Koç Contemporary Art Museum Winning Proposal / Grimshaw

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Grimshaw just announced that they have been selected by the Vehbi Koç Foundation to design Koç Contemporary, a new contemporary art museum in . Due to open to the public in 2016, the new project has been conceived to fulfill the Foundation’s vision of showcasing the growing Koç collection to the broadest possible audience and to place these works in a national, regional and international context of contemporary artists. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Turkish Parliament Passes Bill to Protect Historic Skylines

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In an effort to protect ’s historic skylines from uncontrolled urbanization, the Turkish Parliament has passed an amendment that would grant zoning authority to the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization as well as set up an aesthetic architectural commission. Continue reading to learn more.

Turkish Court Rules in Favor of Gezi Park Protests

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The efforts of thousands who occupied Gezi Park, and those who joined them in solidarity via social media from around the world, have paid off. According to Reuters, a Turkish court has ruled against the Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan-backed development in which proposed to redesign ’s iconic and replace one of the populated city’s few public parks with a mall.

SO? Celebrates the Opening of ‘Sky Spotting Stop’ in Istanbul

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Though temporarily postponed due to the Gezi Park protests, Architecture and Ideas has celebrated the opening of their winning entry – Sky Spotting Stop - for the 2013 Young Architects Program () at Istanbul Modern in Turkey. Offering refuge from the historic city’s busy streets, the fragmented canopy of reflective circular discs invites visitors to “sit, rest, gather, play, or skyspot” while overlooking the mouth of the Bosphorus.

When Urban Planning Gets Political: The History of Taksim Square

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Over the last two weeks, the world has witnessed history unfold in a small park in the heart of , .  What started out as a peaceful protest to save Gezi Park and its trees from destruction has turned into a country-wide (and, to some degree, worldwide) movement that rejects the ever-increasing autocratic tendencies of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The urban policies and projects that PM Erdogan and his government have been loutishly implementing in Istanbul offer only a few examples of the way this government has manifested its undemocratic attitudes. In that regard, it would be misleading to consider the protest over Taksim and Gezi Park as an isolated incident.  Instead, development over Istanbul’s quintessential square constitutes the last straw in a series of neo-liberal policies, themselves the result of a century of history, that have shaped Istanbul over the course of the last decade.

More after the break…

Turkey: Fighting for Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Space

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The impending destruction of the last public park in Istanbul was the straw that broke the camel’s back last Tuesday. When a peaceful demonstration to save Taksim Gezi Park was met with violent police retaliation, the situation quickly escalated into a nationwide protest against the increasingly authoritarian Turkish government. At this moment all across the country, thousands are standing up not only for Gezi Park but for the right to shape the place that they call home.

More information on the situation in after the break.