• Kente 95 Santimden Bakmak
    Selva Gürdoğan, Studio-X Istanbul Direktörü
    Yiğit Aksakoğlu, Bernard van Leer Vakfı Türkiye Temsilcisi
    Ardan Kockelkoren, Bernard van Leer Vakfı Araştırma Analisti
    Ege Sevinçli, Studio-X Istanbul Program Sorumlusu



Mimarlık. 404| November-December 2018



Lives Reduced to Numbers: Wait a minute! We're Talking About People, not Numbers / Haydar Karabey

Nowadays, as we have started to see or even feel the signs of economic crisis in the country, the author makes an assessment on the figures. He explains the irony about the high figures as “What is the length of the bridge or the length of the tunnel? How much is the area covered by the airport? What is the number of beds in the city hospital or the number of study chairs in the university? If you are really interested in numbers, look at our place in the construction industry rankings or in educational rankings related with establishing new universities; and be proud.”  


Atilla Yücel Regarded Architecture as Life, Not as a Profession / Yıldız Sey

The spouse of Ayşın Yücel, father of Mehmet Cem Yücel, the member of the Board of Directors of the 16th Term (1971-72) of the Chamber of Architects’ Istanbul Metropolitan Branch with an id no 2442, the chairman of the selective committee of the 11th National Architecture Exhibition and Awards, and one of the distinguished professors of the Istanbul Technical University Faculty of Architecture, Atilla Yücel passed away on September 21, 2018. Yıldız Sey has written his obituary.


Looking at the New Turkey from the New Airport: Istanbul Airport and the Target 2023 / Cihan Uzunçarşılı Baysal

The first phase of the new airport, named as İstanbul after long debates, was opened on October 29th, during the reception for the Republic Day. The author, who considered the third airport as a "aerotropolis" rather than a transportation project in her article published in Mimarlık no:394, focuses this time on the relationship between the new airport and the new Turkey. I strongly recommend to take a look at the previous article in the 394th issue.

Are Historical Reinforced Concrete Bridges Dangerous? Morandi Bridge / Hilal Tuğba Örmecioğlu

Polcevera Bridge, which was built in 1963 and which is one of the most innovative engineering examples of its period, entered our agenda with the collapse of a part of 200 meters during a storm in August. The event resulted in serious loss of life and raised questions about modern and earlier bridges both in Italy and other countries. The author considers the subject in terms of engineering heritage and draws attention to the need to create a consciousness for the protection and documentation of these structures.


Observing the City from 95 Centimeters / Selva Gürdoğan, Yiğit Aksakoğlu, Ardan Kockelkoren, Ege Sevinçli

The Istanbul95 City Game Conference, held on 21-22 September 2018 in Istanbul, is only one phase of a project that has emerged with a broad cooperation. The article, written by the stakeholders of the highly comprehensive Istanbul95 project, enables us to take a quick look at both the project's purpose and the results; and the discussions at the conference.

EAAE 2018 Conference: Thinking Architectural Education through Design Studio / Yağmur Yıldırım, Aybike Batuk, Zuhal Ulusoy

The annual EAAE meeting was held in Porto this year. The program focused on the design studio and consisted of a general assembly meeting following the conference. The design studio, which is considered as the foundation of the architectural education, the essence of architectural debates and the motive of architectural developments, was chosen as the main theme and various talks, events, and “studios” were organized within the scope of this theme. The authors, all involved in the event, highlight both the spoken topics and the unspoken themes. They draw attention to issues that are in the architectural agenda in Turkey but not prioritized in the international environment.


16th Venice Architecture Biennale

Freespaces in the Biennale / Jale Nejdet Erzen

Make the Biennale Accessible through “Shifts” / Sait Ali Köknar

Everything is OK! / Hakan Tüzün Şengün

The 16th Venice Architecture Biennale, held in the curatorship of Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara between 6 May and 25 November 2018, is about to close its doors. This year, under the theme of freespace, the biennial has been hosting architectural works from different countries and has defined a quite free space to the pavilions. In the pavilions, there were also national exhibitions that evaluated the theme in a more flexible context as well as exhibitions related to the theme of the biennial. In the context of the biennial, there are three articles. Jale Nejdet Erzen interprets the theme of the biennial as a “free space” by referring to the concept of freedom and focuses on her observations of the biennial in general. She evaluates the exhibited works by asking how “free” spaces can be created against the stereotyped architecture that dominates the cities. Erzen also expressed her critical opinions regarding the Turkish Pavilion. Focusing particularly on the latter, Sait Ali Köknar highlights the free configuration of the exhibition layout that hosted a new shift in each week.  Köknar emphasizes the value of the exhibition which was able to realize the participatory organization and process-oriented design, yet describes the unfinished status of the exhibition as an obstacle. Lastly, Hakan Tüzün Şengün evaluates the theme of the biennial through connotations and contextualizes the ambiguity of the theme.

4th Istanbul Design Biennial

A Manager of Managers: Why We Don't Need Design Education and Biennial Anymore / Nizam Onur Sönmez

The 4th Istanbul Design Biennial, held in six different venues between 22 September and 4 November 2018, focused on education this year and the theme was announced as a “School of Schools.” The author presents a detailed reading on the problems in the process and comments upon the resulting exhibition, and opens up the future presence of design and its education.


No touching to Weaving, Not even Preparing the Touching Ground Itself: Weaving Area Architectural Ideas Competition / Mehmet Saner

Following the privatization decision of the Antalya Weaving Facilities in 2004, the residents demanded to stop the decision. As a result of these reactions and as a tool to develop projects with common sense, Kepez Municipality in Antalya announced a Weaving Area Architectural Ideas Competition, which was finalized in March 2018.  The author claims that some opportunities have been abducted during the competition process and expresses his critical opinions by referring to the administration, competition specifications, jury and awarded projects.


Şevki Vanlı (1926-2008): An Architect in the Pursuit of a Discursive and Conceptual Architecture / İnci Basa

It has been ten years since we lost Şevki Vanlı, who won the Mimar Sinan Grand Prize in National Architecture Awards in 1992. Sharing a previously unreleased interview with Vanli, Basa conveys her thoughts emphasizing the importance that Vanlı gives to the architectural design – the discourse relationship.


The Relation Between School and Public: Design Approaches, Practices and Turkey / B. Ece Şahin, Z. Sevgen Perker

It is now a design entry that schools are used not only by students, but also as by the community to contribute to the lifelong learning opportunities. The authors argue that in order to achieve a good school-community interaction, certain design criteria for the buildings need to be determined since schools are places for everyone to use.


What About Numbers, while the House Construction Continues?/ Leyla Alkan Gökler

In the construction sector, that is the locomotive sector of the national economy, production continues rapidly despite the economic difficulties. Focusing on housing production and examining a number of different data, the author points out that sales are realized among high-income groups and that if the current economic conditions continue, other households cannot be able to own a home, and that the available housing stock cannot be sold.


Reflections of TOKİ’s Urban Transformations on User Life / Miray Gür

Urban transformation practices, one of the main determinants of new planning projects in cities, continue to reflect the corporate priorities of TOKİ by putting the user experience in second place. Although there have been some changes in the institutional approach since the first day of urban transformation issue, the problems in the first set of projects are obvious. The author re-examines two of these early examples, one from Bursa and another from Istanbul, through studies using similar methodologies.


Beyond Necessity: The Accessibility of University Campus / İlkay Dinç Uyaroğlu

One of the priorities regarding the right to education for all is the accessibility of the built environment. The author examines the need to consider the concepts of “equal opportunity” and “full participation”, as important design inputs while discussing the issue under the headings of approaches to disability, legal rules and design standards.


Isoropia: Set back, Stretched and Reconciled Architecture / Günsu Merin Abbas

Isoropia is the 79 m2 Danish Pavilion designed by Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen, Martin Tamke, Yuliya Sinke Baranovskaya, Vasiliki Fragkia, Rune Noël Meedom Meldgaard Bjørnson-Langen, and Sebastian Gatz for the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale.

It is an experimental architectural project addressing digital design and production tools in the terms of materials.

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