Archinect - News 2014-04-19T23:56:02-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/98216495/does-america-need-a-tahrir-square Does America Need a Tahrir Square? Alexander Walter 2014-04-17T18:24:00-04:00 >2014-04-18T10:34:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cb/cb83d9818ab40a00a78bfc008f3d1345.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Maidan Square in Kiev. Taksim Square in Istanbul. Tahrir Square in Cairo. Recent democratic movements around the globe have risen, or crashed and burned, on the hard pavement of vast urban public squares. [...] But too few observers have considered the significance of the empty public spaces themselves. [...] If public squares are essential to democracy, is their relative absence in modern American life bad for our democracy&mdash;or a sign that we&rsquo;re not as democratic as we imagine?</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/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>