Urban Fabric, Ayazma

In the third year studio, architectural design is studied as an urban intervention. While the first semester focuses on a public building project set in a complex central urban context, the second semester studio tackles with the larger urban fabric. Assigned to study a peripheral location or an underachieving central area, students carry out extensive analyses in order to develop an understanding of the physical conditions of the site and the urban forces that operate on it. Students then form individual positions based on their observations and the collective analyses of both the site and the various types of urban conditions. The final outcomes of the studio are the collective analyses and individual proposals for an ‘urban fabric’. The students develop a mixed-use program with residential use as its main aspect.  Working on the main ingredient of the urban fabric, housing, the student projects are expected to be driven by an understanding of the city beyond the specific site.

The selected site for this semester was a 24-hectare area in Ayazma near the Olympic Stadium currently known as ‘Keresteciler Çarşısı’. Students were expected to develop a mass housing scheme for the displaced people of Ayazma. The schemes were to house 7000 inhabitants and offer public facilities and retail that serves the projected as well as the existing neighborhoods. It was encouraged to consider the scheme to be built as a part of the Olympic organization, housing some of the athletes and the press during the games and to be transformed for its permanent users once the games are over.