Mimarlık. 416 | November-December 2020



The Serenity of Saraçoğlu / İhsan Bilgin

The writer, tackling the historical Saraçoğlu neighborhood in Ankara -which has earned the status of First Degree Urban Protected Area- and the planned project for the area’s renewal, examines the importance of the area through stating how “the main authenticity of Saraçoğlu was that it permeated into the official face of the state -which was expressed across the boulevards- as a place of civil serenity”.


  • Highlighted by the Pandemic: The Future of Neighborhood Unit Design in the Cellular Accessibility of the City / Kumru Çılgın, İnci Olgun, Serim Dinç

The International Union of Architects (UIA) announced the theme of the 2020 World Architecture Day: “Towards a Better Urban Future”. Drawing attention to the importance of urban planning, design and architecture for a better urban future, the writers focus on the neighborhood units through examining how “they are the cellular core of cities”.

  • For a Better Architectural Education... / Ayşen Ciravoğlu

With the academic semester of 2020-2021, which began recently, a very high number of architecture students have started their education. This begs the question: what kind of professional environment awaits us during this period? The writer, by emphasizing the cooperation between fields interacting with each other for a better architectural education, draws attention to the importance of “talking about and defending a common thread that determines the consensus of all partners involved in education”.

  • “Partition” the City: From the Whole to the Part, from the Square to the Urbanite

As the Taksim Urban Design Competition continues, this compilation, meant to include the viewpoints of many people from various fields, aims to discuss basic points such as the historical and urban context of the competition, its process and its specifications. By bringing together views focusing on the requirements of the urban competition regarding Taksim, which stands before us today to be redesigned bearing the great traces of its past, we ask the following question: What Taksim do we envision?


  • Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Taksim Urban Design Competition

The Taksim Urban Design Competition, organized by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality with the aim of producing a democratic urban public space experience that embraces the sensibilities of all segments of society, has concluded. 146 projects were submitted to the competition -organized as freelance, international and two-stage- out of the 143 projects taken into consideration 20 passed to the second stage and 3 equivalent prizes and 5 equivalent honorable mentions were given.

Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Central Transport Interchange Architectural Project Competition

The architectural project competition organized by the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality has concluded. Its aims were to design a central transport interchange suited for public transportation, bicycles and accessible to everybody; facilitating an easy transfer between different means of transportation; easily accessible; providing safe and comfortable solutions; interacting with and offering services to its immediate surroundings thanks to its various functions; adopting sustainable building design approaches by taking into consideration energy efficiency and environmentally friendly technologies in terms of construction and management; and which will be integrated into urban life as an active focal point by improving the quality of life and space. In the competition -which was freelance, national and single-stage- 74 entries were taken into consideration, 3 prizes and 5 honorable mentions were given.


The well established architectural program of the National Architectural Awards, organized every two years by the Chamber of Architects, and which this year celebrated their 34th year, have been given. In the previous 16 editions, 2411 architectural products participated, and awards were given to 138 products and 50 individuals / institutions in different branches thanks to their outstanding qualities. The Selection Committee of the exhibition and awards program, which took place this year in its 17th edition, evaluated 96 works / 144 layouts among 108 applications in seven categories.

The Committee determined the names worthy for the prizes of the “Mimar Sinan Grand Award”, “Awards in Achievement in the Category of Contribution to Architecture” and “Commemoration Program” and the award contenders in the categories of “Building”, “Design” and “Ideas Presentation”; and announced them to the public in advance. In total, 27 works were determined as award contenders: 13 in the Building Category, 10 in the Design Category, and 4 in the Ideas Presentation Category. In the categories of building, design, and idea presentation, 9 awards were announced in an online ceremony that took place on the 18th of September, 2020. The exhibition took place in the TBB Litai Guesthouse in Ankara, between the 18th and 23rd of September.

Additionally, included in the report are the assessments of Selection Committee members Zeynep Ahunbay, M. Zafer Akdemir, T. Elvan Altan, A. Sinan Timoçin and Alper Ünlü.


Broken Bond from the Past: The Bursa Central Bank Building / The Bursa Branch of the Chamber of Architects

In this chapter of Cultural Heritage In Danger, a series which began in our 405th issue, the Bursa Branch of the Chamber of Architects wrote a piece on the Bursa Central Bank Building.


The Dark Side of the Moon: Approaching the End of the Legend of Le Corbusier in the 55th Anniversary of His Death / Ufuk Doğrusöz

Besides the unquestionable reality of Le Corbusier’s contribution to modern architecture, the writer highlights another repressed side of the architect: “His relationship with far-right groups emerging in France between 1920 and 1945 which affected his understanding of urbanism”. The writer, stating assertively that “an innocent reading cannot be made by missing this dimension in the works of the architect”, states that he is looking for the “footprints of fascism in the life of Le Corbusier and his ‘works’”, by putting “works” in quotes.


Listen to the Water / Behice Özer

The Rain Amplifier, designed by Matthijs la Roi Architects with the idea of celebrating the rain as a musical and theatrical performance, is a thank you to the natural environment and historical background of the area where it is installed. The writer states that this project, which uses ecological awareness as a design tool, creates a space for urban dwellers to reflect on their relationship with water and rain.

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