Video: Emerging Urban Landscapes, The Istanbul Series


Shaped by the Ottoman Empire, known for historical Byzantine structures and its famed Grand Bazaar, has always been a melting pot of influences and culture. In recent years, due to thriving economies, emerging cities such as have begun cultivating a design landscape. Rapid progress often compromises preservation of heritage and promotion of the arts. On the 5th of November 2012, Taksim Square, one of the few remaining green areas of the city was closed off until late 2013, without the knowledge or consent of its citizens. Here we speak to Özlem Yalim Özkaraoglu, Director of the Design Biennial, and designer, Koray Malhan, about dictatorial urban planning and the future of Turkey’s most notable city.

Bodrum Houses / Richard Meier & Partners Architects

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Architects: Richard Meier
Location: Yalikavak,
Year: 2012
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İpera 25 / Alataş Architecture & Consulting

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Architects: Alataş Architecture & Consulting
Location: Galata, İstanbul,
Design Team: Ahmet Alataş, Emre Açar
Architectural Group: Özge Güngör Ülüğ, Dilan Yüksel, Emir Elmaslar, Gabriella Colacicco
Area: 1,100 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Gürkan Akay, Ahmet Alataş, Ali Bekman

Automative Industry Exporters Union Technical and Industrial High School / Metin Kılıç + Dürrin Süer

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Architects: Metin Kılıç + Dürrin Süer
Location: , Turkey
Architectural Group: Metin Kılıç, Dürrin Süer
Architectural Office: Seden Cinasal Avcı, Merih Feza Yıldırım, Serdar Uslubaş, Duygu Ceylan Saylım, Tuğçe Şık
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Cemal Emden

Dror’s Radical Vision for a Net-Positive Island Community

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The government of is considering the possibility of constructing a second canal in that would result in carving out one billion cubic meters of soil from ’s main land. In response, Turkish developer Serdar Inan has commissioned New York designer Dror Benshetrit to design a proposal that would reconstitute the soil into an innovative, net-positive community for 300,000 residents off the shore of Istanbul. Inan’s only wish is that the proposal blends “innovative design ideas, state of the art technology and cultural legacy with inspirations from the work of chief Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan”.

After six months of exploratory, interdisciplinary discourse with a team of experts – such as the Buckminster Fuller Institute, Buro Happold, Shoji Sadao from Fuller, Sadao & Zung Architects – Dror has unveiled his radical vision this weekend at Istanbul Design Week. Check it out after the break.

Gallium Block / Cirakoglu Architects

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Architects: Cirakoglu Architects
Location: , Turkey
Design Team: Deniz Ciler Erkan, Oral Goktas, Bilge Ildiri
Photographs: Alisan Cirakoglu

Istanbul Disaster Prevention and Education Center / CRAB Studio

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Inspired by a reaction to the tsunami, the proposal for the Disaster Prevention and Education Center is symbolically and practically rising above the streams. Designed by CRAB, the studio of Sir Peter Cook and Gavin Robotham, the building sits with its blades resting into the ground, ready to divide the streams of water if and when they come. Organized as a series of five clusters, it meanders along the site as a chain of events and somewhat in the manner of a chain of flowers. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Alemdag Housing / Baraka Architects

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Currently under construction on the edge of the city of , the Alemdag Housing, designed by Baraka Architects, is made up of four building blocks which contain 70 flats, 2 retail units and social facilities. The 6.000 m² plot is situated on the exact interface between the city and the surrounding forest, making this the first characteristic taken into account for the housing complex as an important dynamic. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Adana City Hall and Cultural Center / MTF Proje

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The basic idea of the City Hall and Cultural Center building by MTF Proje was based on the surrounding of the building, which is mostly captured with green areas. Half of the building is designed just under the green land which is coherent due to the topography. Here in Adana Çukurova, the building is designed due to the human scale. The building is consisted of a four story city hall, a culture center which has the capacity of nearly 500 people, a city library, a wedding place, city information center and the ateliers. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Office Project in Atasehir Financial District / Saraiva + Associados

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Designed by Saraiva + Associados, the design of the present office center in Ataşehir, located on the Asian side of , provides a cost effective solution to the changing needs of office spaces. This development plays a significant role in the city and within the financial community since it is seen as an important investment. Therefore, in order to perform as a new landmark in Ataşehir, this new office center, located in a not very privileged spot, aims to be exceptional in an unexceptional context – an iconic complex full of identity and easily recognizable. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Sisli Halide Edip Adivar Mosque and Social Complex Winning Proposal / Kolektif Mimarlar

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The first prize winning proposal for the Halide Edip Adivar Mosque and Social Complex is an objection to the continuing entegrist attitude-action which is mostly validated on mosque design and kept popular in media of . Designed by Kolektif Mimarlar, one of the main ideas of the design is to produce a well integrated structure with its surrounding and the nearby dwellers, where additional functions to the mosque can take place. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Asma Bahçeleri Houses Office / Metin Kılıç & Dürrin Süer

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Architects: Metin Kılıç & Dürrin Süer
Location: Narlıdere, ,
Architects: Metin Kılıç, Dürrin Süer
Design Team: Damla Duru, Merih Feza Yıldırım, Serdar Uslubaş, Ali Can Helvacıoğlu, Burak Bakö
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 134 sqm
Photographs: Erdal Gümüş

E-Bay / OSO Architecture

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Architects: OSO Architecture
Location: ,
Project Team: Okan Bayık, Serhan Bayık, Ozan Bayık, Armağan Ekiz
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 2,000 sqm
Photographs: Gürkan Akay

TBWA Maya Uptown / Erginoğlu & Çalışlar Architects

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Architects: Erginoğlu & Çalışlar Architects
Location: Etiler, Kültür Mh., 34340 Beşiktaş/Istanbul Province,
Design Team: İ. Kerem Erginoğlu, Hasan C. Çalışlar, Emre Erenler, Yasemin Hacıkura, Ayşe Selin Gürel, Serdar Demir, Turkan Yilmaz
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 4500.0 sqm
Photographs: Cemal Emden

Gallipoli Agadere Memorial & Hospital Museum Proposal / Ziya Imren, Barış Ekmekçi, Münire Sagat

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Ziya Imren, Barış Ekmekçi, and Münire Sagat shared with us their second prize winning proposal for the Gallipoli Agadere Memorial & Hospital Museum. One of the main ideas of the project is the purpose of bringing a modern approach to the concept of preservation. The result is a solution that is respectful to the martyrs and the land, but at the same time one in which the historical memory is protected via exposing the historic and cultural potential. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Orfi Sera / YERce Architecture

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Architect: YERce Architecture – Nail Egemen
Location: Izmir,
Project year: 2011
Photographer: Emin Emrah

Ödemis New City Center Proposal / Onat Öktem + Okan Can

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The main objective of the project for the  New City Center by Onat Öktem is to integrate urban functions to ensure the continuity of the pedestrian and green axis while creating a new structure. In this context, defined and undefined urban spaces have been reorganized to increase the physical, social and cultural wealth of the citizens. Green axis, squares and spaces in the city have been evaluated as an advantage for the social, cultural and physical development. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Sancaklar Mosque / Emre Arolat Architects

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The Sancak Mosque, designed by Emre Arolat Architects, aims to address the fundamental issues of designing a mosque by distancing itself from the current architectural discussions based on form and focusing solely on the essence of religious space. Located in Buyuk Cekmece, a suburban neighborhood in the outskirts of , the high walls surrounding the park on the upper courtyard of the mosque depict a clear boundary between the chaotic outer world and the serene atmosphere of the public park. More images and architects’ description after the break.