Akademik Çalışmalar

OPEN UNESCO/ 2006/CARLETON UNIVERSITY

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT COMPETITION

Honorary Mention

Team: Sevgi Yücesan, Gökçe Gerekli Yılmaz, Müge Durusu, Seda Patır, Harun Ekinoğlu.

The project was a design for the Competition organized by UNESCO that was concerning with the subject of Gentrification in the Historical Districts of the cities.

 

Antakya’s Historical District; Antioch Being counted among Rome, Alexandria, and Constantinople as one of the great metropolises of the Roman Empire; the city where the name “Christian” was first pronounced, Antakya is a city of 2300 years. The city has been under the reigns of different civilizations since its establishment, and all of these civilizations left their marks on the spatial arrangement as well as the social arena. These different periods acquire the city different, but cooperating layers and the spell of being at the human scale physically, at the generations scale symbolically and in the collective and individual perception. It is the spaces of Antakya that hides the wisdom that she strained throughout the centuries, but these spaces disappear day by day. There is illegal housing that destroys the intimacy of the historic texture.

 

Conceptual Design Idea: “The metaphor of atom as activation energy for a model of historical districts”

 

The orbits in the macro scale of the city also act as the energy admitters around the nucleus. The memories of the city that emerge on the same orbital in the new and the historic districts also spatially reinforce the dialectic between the city and the citizen and create the synergy between these two areas. Thus, the historic heart stays lively and escapes from being a slum. The corridors that the orbitals obtain the city via creating the circulation patterns act as veins carrying blood between forums, thus nurturing the historical district.

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JUST JERUSALEM 2050 STUDENT COMPETITION

Team: Sevgi Yücesan, Gökçe Gerekli Yılmaz, Behiye Güverin, Harun Ekinoğlu.

 

Conceptual Study and Design Ideas:   To go down deep into the essence of Jerusalem requires the examination of her biochemical structure with a scientific point of departure. The cell model; a convenient metaphor for the diagnosis and the treatment of the anomalies that Jerusalem is facing today.

The Old City: The nucleus, the spatial container of the hereditary material, of the urban DNA. The extending urban fabric: The cytoplasm, which does not communicate well enough with the Old City, which does not host the functions that are vital to the sustainability of the life cycle. The cell membrane: Not coherent, the definition of the boundaries is lost with the fast urban sprawl. The hereditary material existent in the urban DNA and visible in the Old City, thus, can not be “transcripted” and “translated” into the new city. The current situation is one that can lead to “apoptosis”, the death of the cell.

 

The cell has a life cycle. It is born, it lives, and it is dead.

 

1.    Birth of the Cell: Beginnings of Existence The birth of the city is similar to the birth of the cell, coded by its DNA. The nucleus of the city stores the necessary energy in itself that can be used for the transformation of the city.

2.    Life of the Cell: Jerusalem before and after political, spatial and religious interventions Split of the cell into two without the duplication of the DNA – East Jerusalem’s loss of its memory Loss of collective identity –alienation

3.    Death of the Cell: Today and the inevitable future if Jerusalem is not healed If the cell is not isolated from the exterior interventions in the correct time, the nucleus dissolves, destroying both itself and the whole cell.

 

The “Shell of Life” has multi-dimensions both in space and in symbol. Vertically, it represents the different temporal layers of the city, and adds a new layer to all the stratification beginning from the Bronze Age, and this new layer is the contemporary layer. Horizontally, it embraces the city like a spider’s web, only setting its feet on the ground whenever it finds a convenient open space or a function to flourish. Thus, in the places where it touches the ground; it becomes spatial, where it is not; it sweeps as an idea carrying the past, the present and the future of the city in itself. One structure to be; Alive, Connective, Just, One, Peaceful, Respectful, Unifying

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