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 ISTANBUL”, 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, , Turkey
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 (YAP) at Istanbul Modern in . 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.  

Premier Campus Office in Kagithane Winning Proposal / JDS Architects

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Focusing on the users’ working and living qualities, the winning proposal for the Premier Campus Office in Kagithane addresses its presence in as a new form of contextual and urban approach. Designed by JDS Architects, the building is formed by their desire to make it interact with its environment and acts as a catalyst of business life for a new Istanbul that promotes contemporary culture, architecture and lifestyle. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Daily Child Care Facility Competition Entry / ddrlp

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With the main objective of creating a model for the architectural design of daily child care facilities in , the ‘Child-Play-Learning-Space-Environment’ concept by ddrlp consists of creative components for a building while being formed by multiple relations. Ranging from 75 to 150 children between ages of 0 and 6, the main form generators of their design included social interaction spaces: individually, by group, for crowded uses, the relationship with sun, sky and seasonal-natural cycle, and the sensual interaction with light, colour, texture, material, shape and structural components. More images and architects’ description after the break.

YAP IM-Debris Competition Entry / Yalin Architectural Design

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Chosen as one of the five finalists in ’s Young Architectural Program (YAP), Yalin Architectural Design’s proposal ‘IM-Debris’ focuses on how and all the other cities in the world have to come up with local solutions to their own problems in global standards. The main purpose of this design is to be within the rubble which we are usually used to observe from a distance, to form a place with every possible material that is left from a construction and to have the visitors re-discover where it came from, in a place designed by it in the first place. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Hebil 157 Houses / Aytac Architects

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Architects: Aytac Architects
Location: Bodrum,
Architect In Charge: Aytac Architects
Design Team: Alper Aytaç , İlker Başyazıcı, Kugu Iscan, Seda Karabulut, Murat Atacan, Mehmet Emin Bayraktar, Esma Sarıkaya
Landscape Architect: Cevsa Peyzaj, Gülşen Aytaç
Area: 4791.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Aytac Architects

New Istanbul International Financial Center Master Plan / HOK

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Integral to ’s plan to make its economy one of the world’s 10 largest by 2023, the HOK-designed master plan for the Istanbul International Financial Center (IIFC) is now in construction. Built on a 170-acre site on the city’s Asian side, the Turkish government’s goal for the landmark IIFC project is to establish Istanbul as a global center for finance. The IIFC will house the head offices of the country’s financial market governing bodies, state-owned and private banks, and related businesses. It will include approximately 45 million square feet of office, residential, retail, conference, hotel and park space. More images and architects’ description after the break.

‘Tearing the Ground’ YAP Istanbul Modern Proposal / ONZ Architects

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ONZ Architects‘ ‘Tearing the Ground’ proposal was recently awarded as one of the five finalists in the Modern YAP 2013. Their design consists of a contemporary interpretation of a flying carpet constructed with reused plastic units, made of marine litter. The project team tears the ground and lifts up this carpet and puts it in the air with everything it conceals. Thus, the plastic waste produced by the city becomes the main material for the installation. More images and architects’ description after the break.

‘Seapeaker’ YAP Istanbul Modern Proposal / Evren Başbuğ, İnanç Eray, Meriç Kara, Engin Ayaz /

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Seapeaker‘, was recently named as one of the five finalists for Modern “Young Architects Program” 2013 cycle. Designed by the collaborative team of Evren Başbuğİnanç Eray, Meriç Kara, and Engin Ayaz, the main intent of the project is to be a hearing aid for İstanbul. It highlights the city’s muted qualities in an unexpected way. Designed using rigorous acoustical principles and the generative capacities of the site, seapeaker amplifies sounds of the sea underneath and punctures a new connection in-between. More images and architects’ description after the break.