In Arch 301, students develop a project for a public building at a central and complex urban setting. The projects are expected to be driven by extensive analyses of the urban context as well as the brief and the study of the relevant precedents. By the end of the year and with the help of the other third year courses, students are expected to develop an understanding of the city and gain experience in forming architectural positions when tackling with urban conditions.

This semester for their main design assignment students worked on a public center for arts and research. They developed individual program proposals based on their site analyses as they were not given a definitive and common program for the building. There were three site options with different potentials for the students to choose from. All three were located in close proximity with each other in the Tophane-Karaköy area. Since this area is already rich in terms of institutions and venues such as Istanbul Modern, Tophane-i Amire, Antrepo, Greek School, Salt Galata and is close to Beyoğlu, students’ proposals were to be a part of a culture network and their individual program proposals were to be considered and calibrated in this context. The areas of all three sites are little over 1000 m2 and the total built area of the proposals were expected be around 4.000 m2.