Mimarlık 399. | January-February 2018


Cities, Municipalities and Local Administration / Akın Atauz

Nowadays, as authoritarianism and arbitrariness increase at every stage of the central and local administrations, factors like the weakening of democratic tendencies and the widespread validity of pursuing poverty and subjective interests are accepted as standard. Based on these observations, the author stresses on the autonomy of the local administrations and argues that self-oriented governance will be more effective.


Aydın Boysan: The Architect of Poetic Structures / Afife Batur

Architect, author and journalist Aydın Boysan, with an id no 36 to the Chamber of Architects’ Istanbul Metropolitan Branch, passed away on January 5, 2018. Graduated from the State Academy of Fine Arts in 1945, Boysan was one of the founding board members and the first Secretary General of the Chamber of Architects, and served as the Chair of the Istanbul Metropolitan Branch in the years between 1960-1963. Afife Batur has written his obituary.

In the Pursuit of İlhan Tayman / Doğan Hasol

Father of architect Ata Tayman, Yeşim Tayman and Oya Tayman, founder of Tayman Mimarlık İlhan Tayman, with an id no 940 to the Chamber of Architects’ Istanbul Metropolitan Branch, passed away on January 11, 2018. Graduated from the İstanbul Technical University in 1954, Tayman is the architect of Turkey’s curtain wall building Tekel Genel Müdürlük building. Doğan Hasol has written his obituary.


Culture of Consumption, Inequality and Climate Crisis / Ümit Şahin

Following the COP 23 held in Bonn, Germany in 6-17 November 2017, we have been talking about climate change, again. Starting from the fact that this topic cannot actually fall from our agenda, the author examines quantitative data about the crises and discusses important points that need to be changed in our lifestyle as well as big-scale policies.

Betrayals, Confessions, Constructions / Murat Balamir

Urban density is the key problem that we have really missed when we only discuss vertical/horizontal architecture while talking about urbanization policies. Even if the constructions become 'vertical', an important step will be taken in terms of urbanism if we pay particular attention to the design of the green areas proportional to the built environment. The author addresses recent statements by decision-makers ignoring this significant truth.

The Conservation of 20th Century Architecture and AKM / Zeynep Ahunbay

Discussions about AKM have begun to appear in our agenda again. This time, however, the press release came from the presidential level is a sign showing the seriousness of this issue and the possible steps to be taken soon. Analyzing the issue in terms of the conservation of the modern architectural heritage, the author states that the demolition of a registered structure should not be considered as normal.

On the demolished and Then Rebuilt Historical City Center: Diyarbakır Sur Report

TMMOB (Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architects) Diyarbakır Provincial Coordination Board prepared a detailed report on the ruins in the Sur district, and presented it as a press release on December 2, 2017. It draws particular attention to the fact that 72% of the built environment has been destroyed in recent events. The full version of the report is included in this volume.


Delhi Notes: ICOMOS 2017 General Assembly

At the meeting held in December, Zeynep Gül Ünal, one of the members of the ICOMOS National Committee of Turkey and International Secretary General of the ICORP Scientific Committee on Risk Preparedness, was elected to the Board of ICOMOS. Thus, Turkey will be represented for the first time in the International Board of Directors since ICOMOS’ establishment in 1965.


Highlights from the Ninth Assembly

Once Again, After the Architecture and Education Assembly: “One of us is missing without you” / Güven Arif Sargın

Education / Research / Practice: Separate But Linked / Johan De Walsche

The ninth Architecture and Education Assembly was held in November with the theme " Architecture and Education Policies of Turkey." With an aim to discuss the current issues related to architectural profession and education in Turkey, the Congress put an emphasis on the establishment of an “Architectural Education Policy of Turkey.” In the first article, the president of the Assembly, Güven Arif Sargın, summarizes the discussions in two days and states that working with a participatory approach is necessary to act against the dominant architectural policy. The text by Johan De Walsche, one of the many valuable presentations at the conference, draws attention to the differences between practitioners and academicians. Indicating possible relations established between these two groups through the field of "research", De Walsche argues that such partnerships constitutes the foundations of a mechanism that will strengthen the professional community.


Maruf Önal as a Professional Architect

How did Maruf Önal come up as a "professional architect"? What kind of architectural production took place in his office and his competition entries starting from 1940's and continued till 1980s? How kind of an architect is Maruf Önal based on this production? On 23 November 2017, Doğan Tekeli and Cem Sorguç and the members of the commemoration committee, T. Elvan Altan and Bülend Tuna, came together to answer such questions.

Before completely Lost: A Social Facility in Çanakkale by Maruf Önal / Ayse Ceren Güler

Social Facilities of Çanakkale City Administration and Municipality, which was partially destroyed in the spring of 2017, is one of the few projects Maruf Önal has designed outside the borders of Istanbul. The author presents the building as an important structure in city’s memory and emphasizes the necessity of preserving the surviving remains.


Merzifon Municipality Business and Life Center Architectural Project Competition

To strengthen the socio-cultural and economic life of the city and to gain a contemporary business and life center that would also revitalize the city center, the Merzifon Municipality organized an architectural competition that has been recently finalized. The project aims for a center that can be used by different age groups, has commercial and social activities and enriches its environment. In the free, national and single stage competition, 239 projects were evaluated, 3 awards and 5 mentions were given.

Uzundere Cemevi Sociocultural Center National Architectural Ideas Competition

İzmir Karabağlar Municipality has announced an ideas competition for a new cemevi that would be designed based on the truths and values of Alevis, and aimed to transmit these values to the contemporary world by its architecture. The recently finalized competition asked for a cemevi carrying the "spirit of time." In the free, national and single stage competition, 135 projects were evaluated in the competition, 3 awards and 5 mentions were given.


Creative Mapping in Architecture: Making the “Living Space” Visible / Ela Alanyalı Aral

In order to convey the life and experiences in 3D, a certain richness of expression must be embroidered onto the 2D maps. The author addresses this issue through the concept of "creative mapping". She states that this technique of visualizing the "living space" is not only a method of representation, but also an instrument and a component of a differentiated design approach.


The Arrangement of a Modern Urban Space in Istanbul: Fenerbahçe Peninsula / Ayşe Durukan Kopuz

One of the important issues during the early Republican period was to encourage the “modern” life through recreational areas. As an example of this approach, the author discusses the planning history of the Fenerbahçe Peninsula and evaluates many projects designed by significant figures like Hermann Jansen and Henri Prost.


Hope Forest: Public Tissue / Nihan Gürel Unur

"Hope Forest" is a roof covering structure located in Altos de Cazuca, a slum settlement near Bogota city. The project covers the open air sporting area while providing a public space for the community. Following the concepts, "nature, unity and peace," the design belongs to the Colombian architect Giancarlo Mazzanti and his team.

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