Mersin Chamber of Commerce and Industry Building Competition Entry / Ziya İmren and Onat Öktem

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The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Building proposal by and Onat Öktem has placed itself in an important position for the development of city of Mersin and its surroundings. Located at the intersection of the two main axes of the city, the proposal will play a major role in this new developing urban area of the city. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Çanakkale Municipality “Green” Cultural Center & Municipality Building Competition Entry / Onat Öktem and Ziya Imren

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Designed by Onat Öktem and Ziya Imren, the proposal for the Çanakkale Municipality “Green” Cultural Center & Municipality Building, which won an honorable mention, aims to create a new focal point located at the intersection of two busy pedestrian and vehicle axes, that strengthens the urban identity. The project intends to achieve a sharing/networking space that supports the everyday life of urban dwellers with social and cultural activities/facilities/uses, and a human-centered urban space that is also respectful to environmental values. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Istanbul Camlica Mosque Second Prize Winning Proposal / SN Architects

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The main purpose of the design for the Camlica Mosque, which won the second prize in the architectural competition, was to create the largest worship place that has ever been designed, and cover it with one single roof. SN Architects successfully did this by using the load bearing properties of one of the traditional systems that often used “vault systems” and using contemporary architectural and engineering facilities. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Visionary Concept for Science Campus / AllesWirdGut Architektur

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AllesWirdGut, together with the German climate engineering experts Transsolar and the Dutch-born urban planning avant-gardist Ton Matton, recently developed their concept for the BIO Campus. The project consists of a huge site just outside that is becoming one of the world’s leading scientific research centers which has had a holistic approach from the very start. The main idea behind the architectural and environmental project is to create a self-sufficient and self-supporting accumulation of living spaces for work, scientific research, everyday life and recreational activities. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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 ’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: Bursa,
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 Turkey is considering the possibility of constructing a second canal in that would result in carving out one billion cubic meters of soil from Turkey’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: ,
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: Istanbul,
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/ 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