• Salgın, Mekân, Nekroiktidar
    Pelin Tan, Prof. Dr., Batman Üniversitesi Güzel Sanatlar Fakültesi, Kıdemli Araştırmacı, Center for Arts, Design and Social Research Enstitüsü, Boston



Mimarlık. 419 | May - June 2021



Is the ‘Crazy’ Project, Kanal İstanbul, a Yenişehir Project through which the Canal Passes? / Nuran Zeren Gülersoy

The Kanal Istanbul project, whose design affects some important areas that keep Istanbul alive, is on the agenda not thanks to its beneficial effects, but rather its potential harms, due to many reasons, including the inadequate amount of research and planning, negative impact on the ecosystem, and inefficient use of resources. The writer describes the crazy project, which is being launched without safeguarding the public good, as “the project that would initiate construction on the very same lands of Istanbul that must be protected.”


In the Wake of Önder Şenyapılı, Who Told Us that Everything Has a Story / Fatma Korkut

Önder Şenyapılı, an esteemed member of the Department of Industrial Design of METU (Middle East Technical University), passed away on 29th March 2021. He was a graduate of the Department of Architecture at METU, and was registered in the Chamber of Architects Ankara Branch with the number 2043. Şenyapılı, who acted as a member of the Board of the Chamber of Architects, Ankara Branch, between 1970-1971, contributed to professional circles with his research and books on cinema, communication, urbanism and art. Fatma Korkut wrote a text in memoriam.


  • The Law regarding the Cappadocia Region, its Background and its Evaluation in Terms of Protection / Funda Solmaz Şakar

Cappadocia, one of the leading cultural and natural heritage areas of Turkey, is entering a new period of protection with Law no. 7174, named ‘Law regarding the Cappadocia Region’, issued in 2019, and the amendments made in relation to the Law in what followed. The writer evaluates the new management system and conservation approaches introduced by the Law regarding Cappadocia by outlining the conservation actions carried out in the field.

  • Pandemic, Space, Necropower / Pelin Tan

During the pandemic, the state of exception imposed by the government, juxtaposed with the suspension of life, has revealed its effects in urban spaces and rural areas. The writer, discussing the state of "exception" we have dealt with in recent times, highlights how important it is to “come together under the politics of solidarity commoning" during times of social crisis.


  • Humane Architectural Production Processes of the 21st Century through the “Designing with People” International Conference Series / Başak Kalfa Ataklı

The two events of the international conference series "Designing with People" organized by the TMMOB Chamber of Architects in March allowed us to come across works from different scales and different geographies. Video recordings of the events in English are available in both the original language and in Turkish translations on the TMMOB Chamber of Architects YouTube channel, which can be accessed at youtube.com/tmmobmimarlarodasi.

  • The Modern Heritage Agenda Of Turkey: statement 2020 / H. İlke Alatlı, M. Aygün Aşık, Şeyda Şen, Zeren Önsel Atala

The first of the statement events, in which situations where problems related to modern architectural heritage are questioned in terms of their origin, was carried out by the Docomomo_Türkiye Workgroup between 18 March - 1 May 2021. The writers who wrote about the event, which is scheduled to continue in the coming years, emphasize the necessity of “the establishment of platforms where the problems of high-risk modern architectural heritage can be discussed in a multidimensional way”.


Towards an Empathic Society: A New Treaty for Humanity / Birge Yıldırım Okta

The 5th Istanbul Design Biennial welcomed its audience this year in three different formats; namely, exhibitions, outdoor installations and digital video series, sporting the theme "Empathy Revisited: Designs for More than One." Video recordings of the events that took place in the Biennal, which concluded on April 24 with an all day long online program, can be re-watched on the İKSV YouTube channel accessible via https://bit.ly/2Rl0zsp.


2021 Pritzker Prize awarded to Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal: "Demolishing is an Act of Violence"

This year, Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal -who “firmly believe in the value of the present”- won the Pritzker Awards, which have been given annually since 1979. Lacaton expresses her architectural approach as follows: “Demolishing is a shot-term and easy decision. It is a waste of many things: a waste of energy, a waste of materials, a waste of history. Moreover, it has a very negative social impact. For us, it is an act of violence."


Cumhuriyet Square and Atatürk Avenue Çamlıbel Urban Design Competition

The urban design competition organized by the Mersin Metropolitan Municipality, Directorate of Survey and Projects, has concluded. The competition was aimed at designing public urban areas in the Cumhuriyet Square and Çamlıbel located on Atatürk Avenue, which extends from the northeast to southwest in the center of Mersin. In the competition (which was freelance, national and single-stage), 38 entries were taken into consideration, 3 prizes and 3 honorable mentions were given.


The “living” urban voids: Governor’s Office in Gaziantep / Aslı Tezel

In this chapter of Cultural Heritage In Danger, a series which began in our 405th issue, Aslı Tezel wrote a piece on the building of the Governor’s Office in Gaziantep.


An Architectural Work of Art Nouveau: On the Building and Restoration of the Consulate General of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Istanbul / Nisa Semiz

The building of the Consulate General of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Istanbul has been deemed worthy of the "Building / Conservation Category Award" at the 2020 National Architecture Awards “thanks to a meticulous literature research, determining the original design and details of the coastal palace, which occupies an important place in the silhouette of the Bosphorus and enjoys a distinguished place among examples of the art nouveau movement in Istanbul; solving structural problems with the help of modern technology; uncovering historical and artistic details and successfully implementing its conservation.” Following a thorough review of the history of the building -whose restoration project was completed with a comprehensive approach in 2011- the writer points out that the conservation of this important palace should be a permanent mission.


How Can We Differentiate Participation in City Planning from Participation in Politics? / İlhan Tekeli

The citizen’s involvement in decisions to be taken regarding the city may not be evaluated with the criteria of political participation. Discussing the legitimacy of participation through collective design processes, the author emphasizes the importance of creating “a more advanced theoretical framework that takes into account the specificities of participation in the field of urban planning.”


A Conceptual Framework of the Relationship Between Architecture and Land: Inspirations from Land Art / Ebru Bingöl

Debates on the physical aspect of the relationship between building and land appear fragmented and dispersed, being far from a holistic framework within different theoretical areas. Seeking the equivalences of the debates produced within the relationship between building and land in architectural theory and practice, the writer attempts to place the relationship between theory-discourse-action on a non-slippery ground.


An Irrational Product of Anthropocentric Vanity: Zoos / Büşra Ünver

Having prospered from exotic animal collections (under the monopoly of the aristocracy) to outdoor parks over time, zoos exist within a narrative that is dominated by anthropocentric thought. The writer underscores the domination of the human over the non-human by asking the question: “which spatial constructs do zoo designs contain?"


Bringing to Life the Deep-Rooted Witnesses of the City: the Veliefendi Fountain from Past to Present / Drahşan Uğuryol

The Veliefendi Fountain, located within Veliefendi Meadow and one of the recreational areas most loved by Istanbulites during the Ottoman period, has lost its function over time due to the intensity of construction works in the area. Focusing on the restoration process of the fountain that was underground in its last period, the author draws attention to the importance of being able to bring the details of these buildings into, which are witnesses of a certain period, "showing the technological possibilities, requirements and solutions" in our present day.


A Modern Summer Resort in Bayramoğlu: Yapı Kredi Banking Academy Training and Accommodation Facilities / Elifnaz Durusoy Özmen, Melis Bilgiç

Generations who once went to locales located on the periphery of the city -and now inside the ever-growing urban area- that is, to "summer resorts," used these areas in ways we cannot even imagine now. Although we cannot sense the effects of going to the summer resort for purposes such as vacations, recreation, or practices of social life, we can still experience its places in the city. One of these is the Yapı Kredi Banking Academy Training and Accommodation Facilities in the Bayramoğlu Peninsula. Discussing the building, which is an important example of modern architecture, the writers make statements about the continuity of the building and the values it refers to by looking at the transformations undergone by the facility chronologically.


From Exhibition to Catalog: An Overview of the 2018 National Architecture Exhibition / Derin İnan

The catalog, which covers the projects participating in the XVI / 2018 edition of the National Architecture Exhibition and Awards Program, which has been held every two years since 1988, welcomed its audience during the award ceremony held on September 18, 2020. Published bilingually in Turkish and English, the 2018 catalog includes all the projects which partook in the exhibition, as well as infographics that facilitate close reading.


"Encounter" in the Routines of the City / Begüm Topuzlu

"Urban interactions," the theme selected for the last the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism / Architecture (UABB), under the slogan of "future-oriented urban experimentation," aims to turn the schemas emerging from these intersections into productions, aiming at visitors to both think and experience them. Focusing on the installation that functions as a gathering place, the writer draws attention to the flow in which the building organically incorporates its visitors.

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