As the second jury, we had given a specific site and we were also asked to develop program for the site. The density of youth and lacking for a cultural center were our basic motives and we also added some sport functions, children daycare facilities and civic center for both students and residents around the site while also having some case studies to analyze and learn.
In this stage, we were asked to foresee the future of the site and create an utopia. But regarding the current situation due to our analysis we as a group, thought to work on a distopic world; the idea of having building added on top each other; the detachment of the ground; security as a crucial issue differentiating social classes; dense vertical and horizontal stuructures etc.
The site has given to us, it is the intersection area of Konya Boulevard, Eskişehir Boulevard and Muhsin Yazıcıoğlu street; the site analysis is conducted in a very extensive manner and we were given the subject of security and boundary.
We had investigated the structure of streets, (are they permeable or working as a boundary) the lighting condition, pedestrian accessibility, gated communities and so forth and presented them with the additional research of two buildings (one inside the site and one in Ankara) of mix-use dense buildings.
Now, we are starting the senior year, so the studio is also now more serious and we are one step closer to becoming real architects. This semester’s project called “Emsalsiz” and it is a bit out of ordinary will also make us think out of the box. Excited!
The semester is coming to an end and now it is time to have final juries. My project has evolved and changed a lot throughout the semester.
The city bazaar is now the interpretation of “spaces of exchange” as exchange of information, the literal exchange as shopping and the production of this exchange. The interpretation of voids as spaces of exchange in Kemeraltı led me to this point of providing a structure that enhances social community life through exchange of information. The structure is aiming at combining two spinal voids (one is the arc of Kemeraltı and the other is coastline) that’s why it has its own directional void on the inside. The void is trapped in the structural grid and each floor is divided and formed according to their function and publicity. The ground floor is the most accessible one with the function of literal exchange, so the masses are fragmented and these are mostly shops, antiquarians, book repair services, bookstores and etc. Then the upper floor is basically containing more interactive office spaces for press and printing offices all around the site which is about collaboration production of information. Coming to the next floor, it is basically about more self production and spreading these information, so the spaces are more about studios, large spaces which provides self- production of a book. The utmost floor is the accommodation function which is providing a temporary shelter for the members who work here as a writer, translator, office member or a worker on the process of book which is situated as a space embedded to the ground.
The second prejury took place with different evaluations, approaches and representations. My project is about one structure which is consisting of layers of different functions, which are positioned according to their level of privacy. Then, the relation of those functional solids and voids forms the structure.
We made the second presentation in this course, which is about transparency. Transparency can be obtained by using the materials like glass or other translucent elements. It can also be obtained by light construction.
On the hand, by having lighter spaces, we can also have spatial transparency. We investigated, analyzed then presented such buildings to understand better the quality.
This semester is aiming at developing a project of city bazaar which is combined of spaces of exchange. Well, here space of exchange can be interpreted as very differently. It can be focusing on the consumption and shopping, or it can also be interpreted as exchange of information coming from social interactions of people. Social interaction of people, according to my observations, is taking place in urban voids. Voids, as they are located mostly in front of mosques; since they are creating a public gathering space, are rich spaces with interaction. Then, maidans as Clock Tower Square and the streets where there are human flow are also acting as dynamic voids which are orienting people.
The two spines where there is a major human flow could be connected by creating a link between those roads. And this road is coming across our site; so, the site can be interpreted as a node; a rich void to have social interaction. However, there are also some other problematic situation in Konak district, which can be resolved by combining my idea of interactive spaces. The modern era is conflicting with small authentic shops like the ones in Kemeraltı and it causes a decline in the area’s commercial activities. So, while voids are providing space of exchange of knowledge, the solids can be more about commerce and how these commercial activities will be integrated with those rich voids.
This semester, I’m taking a course which specifies on contemporary architectural approaches and we as a group presented “Diagram Architecture”.