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Gated Nature

Arnavutköyis the largest Municipality within Istanbul metropolitan area, located to the north- west of the city centre and composed mostly by a rural landscape. Since 1950th, formally illegally houses in this area have being pulled down and replaced with semi-legal blocks of flats. It is currently facing huge pressure due to the intense arrivals of immigrants from the east of Turkey, creating a sprawling and disorganized environment. The local city council is trying to spend its way out of this situation by putting in sports facilities, theatres, shopping and better transport to the city, however this does not manage to contain the urban sprawl around the centre.

The natural environment in and around Arnavutköyis undergoing the negative effect of urbanization due to water pollution due to lack of previous investment. Arnavutköycentre is located within one of the main catchment areas of freshwater of Istanbul, with a substantial proportion of its fabric built by migrants lacking efficient sewerage facilities. Moreover, there is a tendency to densified industrial activities (mainly in south towards the port), which emphasizes the water problems.

This project proposes the exploration of architectural solutions that may give a fair share of the infrastructural upgrades to all of the population, turning it into new modes of spatial experiences and social constructions. A new combination of these actors forming a fair artificial ecology may solve the water crisis that these same actors managed to create in the first place.

  • [year] 2011
  • [directors] Eduardo Rico and Enriqueta Llabres
  • [Computational Tutor] Brendon Carlin
  • [Students, Image and Text Credits] Pei-Lin Hsieh and Zhiwei Lu
Gated Nature

Arnavutköyis the largest Municipality within Istanbul metropolitan area, located to the north- west of the city centre and composed mostly by a rural landscape. Since 1950th, formally illegally houses in this area have being pulled down and replaced with semi-legal blocks of flats. It is currently facing huge pressure due to the intense arrivals of immigrants from the east of Turkey, creating a sprawling and disorganized environment. The local city council is trying to spend its way out of this situation by putting in sports facilities, theatres, shopping and better transport to the city, however this does not manage to contain the urban sprawl around the centre.

The natural environment in and around Arnavutköyis undergoing the negative effect of urbanization due to water pollution due to lack of previous investment. Arnavutköycentre is located within one of the main catchment areas of freshwater of Istanbul, with a substantial proportion of its fabric built by migrants lacking efficient sewerage facilities. Moreover, there is a tendency to densified industrial activities (mainly in south towards the port), which emphasizes the water problems.

This project proposes the exploration of architectural solutions that may give a fair share of the infrastructural upgrades to all of the population, turning it into new modes of spatial experiences and social constructions. A new combination of these actors forming a fair artificial ecology may solve the water crisis that these same actors managed to create in the first place.