Archinect - News 2014-08-31T00:17:09-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/107097802/istanbul-s-illegal-towers-to-be-demolished-after-landmark-court-ruling Istanbul's 'illegal' towers to be demolished after landmark court ruling Alexander Walter 2014-08-21T14:19:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T09:43:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5f/5f33df22e114df804a8e92c64292c28b.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Turkish Council of State has ordered three luxury apartment blocks to be bulldozed amid widespread outrage. But will it have any impact on the country&rsquo;s unstoppable, and often unlawful, construction boom?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/104707313/an-urbanist-s-guide-to-istanbul-we-live-in-a-giant-construction-site An urbanist's guide to Istanbul: ‘We live in a giant construction site’ Alexander Walter 2014-07-21T13:08:00-04:00 >2014-07-21T13:12:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ef/ef749ea030bfdce68e593a27f3269dbd.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Istanbul is the city of transformation and contradiction. As an urbanist, I am trying to keep record and make sense of this transformation and am especially interested in its winners and losers. At the moment we live in a giant construction site, where skyscrapers, mega projects and urban renewal projects are taking place all around. There is a gold rush to real-estate development.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/97269623/istanbul-s-new-ultra-minimal-apple-store-showcases-a-seamess-glass-box-protruding-from-the-ground Istanbul's new ultra-minimal Apple Store showcases a seamess glass box protruding from the ground Archinect 2014-04-04T17:36:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T21:32:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c0/c09hjdcq6qeefe56.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The compact, two-level store itself is entirely under the plaza, but is topped by a first-ever rectangular &ldquo;penthouse&rdquo; composed of four single panes of glass and a roof. Portions of the store are visible through the windows from the plaza level. The store&rsquo;s two glass staircases are also visible through huge glass panes over the top of each stair run on the sides of the store.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xc/xc1au41mttbpbki3.jpg"><br>Photo by Instagram user <a href="http://instagram.com/orbaygumus" target="_blank">orbaygumus</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/95408459/places-of-memory-to-represent-turkey-at-venice-architecture-exhibition ‘Places of Memory' to represent Turkey at Venice architecture exhibition Alexander Walter 2014-03-11T14:46:00-04:00 >2014-03-17T19:30:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/76/76ad17a2c8cf3db6fb627b018a5bb9a4.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Places of Memory,&rdquo; a medley of work by five contemporary artists from Turkey, will make up Turkey's first-ever showcase this summer at the Venice Biennale's prestigious architecture exhibition. [...] Architect Murat Tabanl&#305;o&#287;lu, the curator of the Turkish pavilion, explained during Monday's news conference that they will be putting on a show delving into three areas of &#304;stanbul: Taksim-Sal&#305;pazar&#305;, Bab-&#305; Ali and B&uuml;y&uuml;kdere Avenue, all of which marked a threshold in Tabanl&#305;o&#287;lu's life.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/93495538/gezi-park-architecture-and-the-aestheticization-of-politics Gezi Park: Architecture and the Aestheticization of Politics Places Journal 2014-02-14T13:39:00-05:00 >2014-02-14T15:56:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lm/lmf1bcyirtf26vcm.jpg" width="514" height="680" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Our task &mdash; and we should well speak as architects &mdash; must be making the invisible visible, uncovering and retracing the concealed limits of the city. We must construct barriers and counter-spaces within and against the processes that tame and dissolve the crucial loci of democracy.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Within a few years, rapidly growing Istanbul will overtake London and Moscow as Europe&rsquo;s largest metropolis. Not coincidentally, Turkey is undergoing a profound shift toward privatization, as seen in the government's plan to redevelop Taksim Gezi Park into a shopping mall with a nostalgic Ottoman facade. On Places, architect&nbsp;Pedro Levi Bismarck examines the plan as a reflection of a larger democratic crisis, following Siegfried Kracauer&rsquo;s observation: &ldquo;Wherever the hieroglyphics of any spatial image are deciphered, there the basis of social reality presents itself.&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/91919143/ecumonopolis-city-without-limits Ecumonopolis: City Without Limits Orhan Ayyüce 2014-01-23T14:55:00-05:00 >2014-01-27T19:43:01-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0z/0z2d5s40gaeuu01v.jpg" width="514" height="218" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Istanbul is still a very pretty city but that is not all. It is also a city in transformation under the impacts of neo-liberalism via the global age of unjust changes. Ekumonopolis looks at these conditions site specifically in Istanbul, called by <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/66096130/archinect-interviews-george-brugmans-iabr-part-2-arnavutk-y-istanbul" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">George Brugmans</a> as one of the oldest and, in the same time, the newest cities in Europe.</p><p>Please click the cc button on the bottom of the screen for the English subtitles.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/80671166/grand-bazaar-in-istanbul-in-danger-of-collapse Grand Bazaar in Istanbul in Danger of Collapse? Archinect 2013-08-30T13:33:00-04:00 >2013-08-30T13:37:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9d/9d8c0fba3288bab08bce9380fcab68bc.jpg" width="514" height="191" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's one of largest and most popular covered markets in the world -- but now management claims vendors have weakened the structure of Istanbul's Grand Bazaar to the point it may collapse. Merchants view the situation differently.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/77689570/gezi-park-monument-by-studio-vural Gezi Park Monument by Studio Vural Alexander Walter 2013-07-22T18:56:00-04:00 >2013-08-09T17:03:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sr/srhaxknk4pvioef7.jpg" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> New York-based Turkish architect Selim Vural, founder of architecture and interior design firm <a href="http://studiovural.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Vural</a>, has shared with us his design for a Gezi Park Monument. The memorial commemorates the recent protests on Istanbul's Taksim Square against the planned construction of a shopping mall in place of the historic Gezi Park &mdash; which sparked the nationwide <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_protests_in_Turkey" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2013 protests in Turkey</a> (<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/287877/gezi-park" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previously on Archinect</a>).</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v1/v1li7tn0z04wcv3t.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <strong>Project Description from Selim Vural:</strong></p> <p> Beyond commemorating important events, monuments come to being through significant ideas. Their bodies are usually aesthetic, dynamic, communicative and distinctive yet beyond all, they are clear embodiments of their generative ideas.</p> <p> It is also significant that all monuments of liberty in history are made of or derived from female figures. There is a soft power, an illuminated fearlessness in their stance, which is not evident in the singularly powerful male figures. On the one hand they are complex, conflicting, and plural and on th...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/76416735/plans-to-redevelop-taksim-square-cancelled-by-judge Plans to redevelop Taksim Square cancelled by judge Nam Henderson 2013-07-05T13:37:00-04:00 >2013-07-05T19:00:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mw/mwwzcquep3zjhx37.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Can Atalay, a lawyer for the Chamber of Architects which brought the lawsuit, said the administrative court ruled in early June at the height of the unrest that the plan violated preservation rules and unacceptably changed the square's identity. It was not clear why it had only now been released.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Ayla Jean Yackley reported that a Turkish court has canceled an Istanbul building project backed by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan which provided the trigger for nationwide anti-government demonstrations last month, a copy of the court decision showed.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/74644400/full-page-ad-inspired-by-turkish-protests-is-one-of-indiegogo-s-fastest-campaigns-ever Full-Page Ad Inspired By Turkish Protests Is One Of Indiegogo's Fastest Campaigns Ever Paul Petrunia 2013-06-05T14:39:00-04:00 >2013-06-10T20:34:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3n/3n7s5yovhasctu00.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As protests have rocked Turkey over the past few days, three Turkish professionals in the U.S. decided on Sunday that they had to take some action. Turning to their technology backgrounds, the trio launched a crowd-sourced fundraising campaign on Indiegogo to buy a full-page ad in the front section of the New York Times in support of their fellow Turkish citizens who&rsquo;ve clashed with the government across dozens of cities.</p></em><br /><br /><p> For more information on the protests in Istanbul, check <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/74287325/solidarity-with-istanbul" target="_blank">Orhan's report with ongoing commentary</a>. Here's a <a href="http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/full-page-ad-for-turkish-democracy-in-action-occupygezi-for-the-world--53" target="_blank">link</a> to the Indiegogo campaign.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/74595169/editor-s-picks-318 Editor's Picks #318 Nam Henderson 2013-06-05T01:58:00-04:00 >2013-06-10T22:20:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qh/qh0g2hvw4punyp3y.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="http://archinect.com/evanchakroff" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Evan Chakroff</a> penned <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/74170538/art-basel-comes-to-hong-kong" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art Basel comes to Hong Kong</a> a report wherein Mr. Chakroff analyzed "<em>During the yearly art fair in Basel, Switzerland, the city is activated and reconfigured, and art is brought to the forefront of civic discourse. What, if any, impact could the fair have on daily life in a city of 7 million? How would this art world mega-event translate to the Hong Kong context?</em>"...</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uk/uk24qcfv3f32dvm3.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <br><strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a> drew our attention to <a href="http://occupygezipics.tumblr.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#occupygezi</a> in Istanbul <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/74287325/solidarity-with-istanbul" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">where mass protests and battles are still raging over the government plans to build a "Shopping Mall&rdquo; on the site of an historic civic park</a>.</p> <p> <strong>Parad0xx86</strong> shared "<em>I was in Besiktas and Taksim today. Taksim is like a total war zone with windows smashed, cars turned upside down, beer cans all over the streets..All the buildings have anti-Tayyip graffitis. There are thousands of people in Taksim right now and they aren't going anywhere</em>". <strong>mantaray</strong> pointed out "<em>that NPR interviewed protesters today, and one of them turned out to be an a...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/74287325/solidarity-with-istanbul Solidarity with Istanbul Orhan Ayyüce 2013-05-31T11:14:00-04:00 >2013-06-10T22:20:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4i/4idx1wguiwvn8bqh.jpg" width="514" height="394" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Last few days Istanbul has been the site of mass protests and battles raging for the &nbsp;Gezi Park (translating as stroll park) in <a href="https://maps.google.com/maps?ie=UTF-8&amp;q=Taksim+District&amp;fb=1&amp;gl=us&amp;hq=Taksim+District&amp;cid=0,0,1325483538777953039&amp;ei=-H6oUZaqGqj4igLj-IGIBA&amp;ved=0CLABEPwSMAM" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taksim District</a> where the prime minister Erdogan's government wants to build a "Shopping Mall," a kitschy copy of a 19th. century building, <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0a/Taksim_kislasi.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taksim Military Barracks</a>,&nbsp;that was demolished in 1940 on the recommendations of French architect Henri Prost who is known for his work with Tony Garnier.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://deli-anne.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/taksim-gezi-parki1.jpg"></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://www.opsiyonhaber.com/images_up/taksim-meydan-yayala%C5%9Ft%C4%B1rma-gezi-park%C4%B1-top%C3%A7u-k%C4%B1%C5%9Flas%C4%B1.jpg"></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://emlakkulisi.com/resim/orjinal/MTAzNTk3ND-taksim-meydani-projesi-mahkemelik-oldu-taksim-gezi-parkinda-basin-aciklamasi-var.jpg"></p> <p> The m<em>orphing of the existing park with grown trees to enclosed courtyard style&nbsp;kitsch&nbsp;shopping mall.</em></p> <p> The decision to demolish the park is really a most recent assault in accordance with the over commercialization of this historic city of 16 million people. The blunt action to send bulldozers to uproot the trees certainly hit a nerve with thousands of protesters who are fed up with government's draconian measures of late, threatening the basic liberties of Turkish society at large and the invasion of the publicness of the open spaces in Turkey's largest c...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/74062119/editor-s-picks-317 Editor's Picks #317 Nam Henderson 2013-05-28T19:03:00-04:00 >2013-05-28T19:03:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/91/91l46uh0jdb8tphg.jpg" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the latest edition of Working out of the Box: Archinect interviewed Larraine Henning who is currently seeking funding for A Practical Guide to Squatting on Indiegogo. @bawshaw commented "@LandMass - agreed. although the thesis is interesting, this is not out of the box in terms of a career"...Yet Connely Farr disagreed "@ LandMass - yep. you sound like an ass".</p></em><br /><br /><p> In the latest edition of <strong>Working out of the Box:</strong> <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/73718716/working-out-of-the-box-larraine-henning" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect interviewed Larraine Henning</a> who is currently seeking funding for <strong>A Practical Guide to Squatting on Indiegogo</strong>. <a href="http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/a-practical-guide-to-squatting" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Buy a copy of the book &ldquo;A Practical Guide to Squatting&rdquo;, and help support independent art and promote the squatting movement!</a>&nbsp;During the interview, she reflected "<em>I think the most valuable thing architecture school bestowed upon me was tolerance and persistence...School taught me to bear conviction and purpose with whatever project I take on, to be earnest and to take judgement in stride</em>"...</p> <p> <strong>@bawshaw</strong> commented "<em>@LandMass - agreed. although the thesis is interesting, this is not out of the box in terms of a career. half of my graduating class ended up taking similar paths; more as a product of the recession than anything else. these paths may be alternative to the modern career, but not to architecture specifically. i do applaud her for doing what she believes in</em>".</p> <p> Yet <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/18704843/connely-farr" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Connely Farr</a>&nbsp;disagreed "<em>@ LandMass - yep. ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/73833975/istanbul-saves-its-silhouette Istanbul saves its silhouette Orhan Ayyüce 2013-05-24T13:38:00-04:00 >2013-05-27T16:40:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o6/o6u65mebj2x9spzo.jpg" width="478" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Three skyscrapers are to be demolished in Istanbul's Zeytinburnu district for interfering with city's historical silhouette. Decision reached by the 4th. Administrative Court of Istanbul and the use licences of the buildings were revoked. <a href="http://www.radikal.com.tr/turkiye/onalti_dokuza_yikim_karari-1134859" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">H</a><a href="http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/istanbuls-silhouette-spoiling-skyskrapers-may-be-torn-down-after-court-verdict.aspx?pageID=238&amp;nID=47575&amp;NewsCatID=341" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&uuml;</a><a href="http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/istanbuls-silhouette-spoiling-skyskrapers-may-be-torn-down-after-court-verdict.aspx?pageID=238&amp;nID=47575&amp;NewsCatID=341" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">rriyet</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/67922080/yap-istanbul-modern-finalist-entry-by-onz-architects YAP Istanbul Modern Finalist Entry by ONZ Architects Alexander Walter 2013-02-19T15:34:00-05:00 >2013-02-25T21:15:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rb/rbzm5gckpan8grns.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Earlier this month, the installation Sky Spotting Stop had been chosen as the first-ever YAP Istanbul Modern winner in conjunction with the Young Architects Programs at MoMA PS1 in New York, MAXXI in Rome and the cultural organization CONSTRUCTO in Santiago, Chile. Here is now also one of the five YAP Istanbul Modern finalist entries: Tearing the Ground by young Ankara-based firm, ONZ Architects.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/67047958/so-architecture-and-ideas-wins-first-ever-yap-istanbul-modern SO? Architecture and Ideas wins first-ever YAP Istanbul Modern Alexander Walter 2013-02-06T16:35:00-05:00 >2013-02-12T16:39:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bk/bk8f4u03hmuwdm0c.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With the winners of the New York and Rome editions of the Young Architects Program (YAP) already unveiled, the first-ever YAP Istanbul Modern winner has now also been selected: the temporary installation Sky Spotting Stop by young design firm SO? Architecture and Ideas reached the highest score with the jury and will be built in early June in Istanbul Modern&rsquo;s courtyard.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/63187957/soundtrack-of-a-city-baba-zula-gecekondu Soundtrack of a city: Baba Zula "Gecekondu" Orhan Ayyüce 2012-12-11T11:20:00-05:00 >2012-12-12T12:28:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i9/i9uuampiha4e6czg.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"The new album narrates urban life. It is rather personal music, bound up with this city, there are images of an asphalt jungle and a house that is being built in a city, and we always support the ones who don't have power." -Baba Zula</p></em><br /><br /><p> The new Baba Zula album is called "Gecekondu," a term used in Turkey for illegal settlements built on the fringes of major cities like Istanbul or Ankara. These growing slums, built with the simplest materials, have become home to many newcomers trying their luck in urban centers.</p> <p> One could argue, though, that there's more dignity and beauty in the gecekondus than in the ritzy financial districts now conquering the legendary inner city areas of Istanbul. One example is a historic district situated in the shadows of the Byzantine city wall, known as Sulukule, which has been almost completely torn down.</p> <p> The band opposes the gentrification of Istanbul.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/58165480/dror-s-vision-for-havvada Dror's Vision for HavvAda Archinect 2012-09-28T13:00:00-04:00 >2012-10-03T19:16:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a1/a1bie7ieaq3bee0f.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> New York firm <a href="http://www.studiodror.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dror</a> today unveiled designs for a collosal artificial island to be created right off the coast of Turkey, not far from Istanbul. The project, dubbed HavvAda, is envisioned to rise from the sea by piling up one billion cubic meter of soil carved out of the main land from the construction of the proposed Canal Istanbul, another ambitious mega project currently proposed to run parallel to the Bosporus. Inspired by Buckminster Fuller, six gigantic geodesic domes will lift up artificial hills on the island which will be covered with residences and commercial buildings for a population of several hundred thousand people.</p> <p> Find a detailed project description and images courtesy of Dror below.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6y/6y7modhi8tqy88vi.jpg" title=""></p> <p> A century after the Republic of Turkey was proclaimed; Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan presents the Canal Istanbul project and offers to re-visit the map of the city. One billion cubic meter of soil may be carved out of the main land in order to create the canal. Turkish deve...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/57481260/turkey-s-towering-ambition Turkey’s Towering Ambition Orhan Ayyüce 2012-09-17T18:07:00-04:00 >2012-09-18T19:56:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8w/8w7hawra9igqy1p4.jpg" width="500" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The larger irony is that in calling for a huge new mosque in the tradition of Sinan, Erdo&#287;an may be missing the more fundamental lesson of the Ottoman architect&rsquo;s work. As Bruno Taut, the German architect who emigrated to Turkey to flee the Nazis, argued, Sinan was himself a proto-modernist whose ability to create extraordinary beauty from novel engineering had more in common with twentieth-century German functionalism than earlier Islamic architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><p> In a politically&nbsp;analytical&nbsp;article in New York Review of Books, Hugh Eakin examines the power policies of Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan and his ambitious plan to&nbsp;crystallize the country's image and political agenda via a single building. A large new mosque in classical Ottoman style is planned to crown Istanbul's highest hill. &nbsp;A new mosque that nobody visiting Istanbul will be able to not see. As if the city with many masterpieces of religious buildings yet need another post modern one to refresh Erdogan's political and moral legacy via architecture.</p> <p> There was an <a href="http://www.arkitera.com/galeri/detay/38103/2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">unofficial competition</a> in Turkey with architects and others expressed the absurdity of the plans.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/44882338/three-entries-share-first-prize-in-istanbul-s-yenikap-design-competition Three Entries Share First Prize in Istanbul’s Yenikapı Design Competition Alexander Walter 2012-04-13T17:50:00-04:00 >2012-04-14T19:31:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fu/fuq9zep8z9vaoc5w.jpg" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the international design competition for Yenikap&#305; Transfer Point and Archaeo-Park Area in Istanbul, Turkey, three First Prizes have been announced this week. The jury selected the top project teams Eisenmann Architects/Ayta&ccedil; Architects, Atelye 70/Francesco Cellini/Insula Architettura E Ingegneria, and Cafer Bozkurt Architects/Mecanoo Architects from nine shortlisted teams, including MVRDV and other international firms.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/35414755/istanbul-fading "ISTANBUL FADING" Orhan Ayyüce 2012-01-22T16:27:00-05:00 >2012-01-27T22:08:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/55/55jsoxan0fctlp48.jpg" width="514" height="262" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Even though &Ouml;zcan&rsquo;s photographs do not contain a single human figure, we cannot talk about the absence of the subject. All these images are stamped by the shadow of the subject who has temporarily or permanently left. -&Ouml;zg&uuml;r &Ouml;zak&#305;n</p></em><br /><br /><p> Photographer Metehan &Ouml;zcan captures the fading feeling of the city from his highly poetic viewfinder. Photographer's other work and articles about them can be seen in his website.</p> <p> <a href="http://www.metehanozcan.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">metehanozcan.com&nbsp;</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/34249857/new-tower-to-dwarf-istanbul-s-minarets New Tower to Dwarf Istanbul’s Minarets Archinect 2012-01-12T12:01:00-05:00 >2012-01-12T20:56:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a0/a0bcac00c78bf8926d2b1987d9a9fa18.jpg" width="514" height="203" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Istanbul&rsquo;s evocative skyline is set to be capped by a new peak, as architects on Wednesday unveiled plans to build a tower almost 300 meters high, which will rival the highest buildings in Europe. Scotland-based architectural firm RMJM&rsquo;s office in Dubai said that it received planning approval for &ldquo;Metropol Istanbul,&rdquo; a vast 500,000 square meter project, which includes three towers, a 30,000 square meter public shopping mall, offices and luxury apartments.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/27912054/history-in-the-making-how-constantinople-was-built-for-assassin-s-creed History in the making: How Constantinople was built for Assassin's Creed Alexander Walter 2011-11-18T13:59:35-05:00 >2011-11-18T14:19:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/11/11b56ab2316416eb92ff70c4b148386f.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Games gurus and architects have much in common: both design the movement of people through space. Assassin's Creed: Revelations, set in 16th-century Constantinople, writes that similarity large. To furnish the video-game's levels with verisimilitude, art director Raphael Lacoste and mission design director Falko Poiker turned draftsmen. They made a research trip to the city (today's Istanbul) to collect images that could be turned into computer graphics.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/15106379/turkey-diverse-istanbul-neighborhood-faces-last-days Turkey: Diverse Istanbul Neighborhood Faces Last Days Alexander Walter 2011-07-29T22:16:59-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6e/6ec24dcb0719c995192209c72a311656.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architects in 2009 described Istanbul&rsquo;s downtown neighborhood of Tarlaba&#351;&#305; as an unsafe place for children -- a district whose destruction and reconstruction would be in the interest of its residents. Few dispute that Tarlaba&#351;&#305; is run-down and that many of its residents live below the poverty line. But the congested neighborhood is also one of the few remaining places in the city center where there is affordable housing for the urban poor.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/14393128/panorama-istanbul Panorama / Istanbul Orhan Ayyüce 2011-07-23T14:42:02-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1z/1zj72263516zkh7d.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Panaroma is a public art which criticize the lack of public space and the confused function of the few open/green spaces in &#304;stanbul. Art Project by Andreas Fogarasi. Project architect &amp; construction supervision by Alper Derinbo&#287;az.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The installation is planned to move inside Istanbul every 3 months as follows: Kad&#305;k&ouml;y, Be&#351;ikta&#351;, Levent, Emin&ouml;n&uuml;. Therefore the structure needed to be built in manner to be easily transportable as it was going to visit important public spaces in Istanbul. In order for it to be portable and to give it an &ldquo;architectural luna park&rdquo; quality Panorama was designed to include smaller parts that could be assembled at will. The contrast between the mobile steel construction and architectural elements like the marble casings and marble steps emphasized the main idea of the work. The white circle that hangs there in an &ldquo;illogical&rdquo; way presents an attractive element that invites the viewer to the platform. To be left alone with this white circle creates a contradictory state in the backdrop of the beautiful panorama of the Moda coast.</p> <p> Panorama may not be functional or easily legible but it presents a happy surprise for those who will come across it. The confusion about its functionality en...</p>