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Making City—Atelier Istanbul

The municipality of Arnavutköy in north-west Istanbul wishes to draw up a sustainable development plan and to define pilot projects that can be implemented in the short term. Together with the municipality, Architecture Workroom and the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam set up an 'atelier' to support this process.

Atelier Istanbul, 51n4e & H+N+S

Arnavutköy is a region with great ecological value due to its many drinking water basins, forests and agricultural areas. Since the nineties, however, these invaluable areas have been threatened with explosive population growth of no less than 400%. In addition, Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey has launched a number of grand plans that could transform Arnavutköy into a major urban centre in the European side of Istanbul. The zoning principles in the present global plan, however, make it difficult for the local municipality to harmonise further growth with its ecological areas. It is faced with an enormous challenge to develop within this global master plan a strategic plan that introduces new principles for managing urban growth.

Atelier Istanbul was coordinated by Joachim Declerck – co-curator of the 5th IABR – and 'local curator' Asu Aksoy. There was also close collaboration with the other members of the Curator Team. The Brussels architectural firm 51N4E and Dutch landscape architects H+N+S were invited to the atelier to conduct the design study, and the municipality itself set up a local team to develop the questions to be addressed. By linking the expertise of these local actors with that of foreign studies, the atelier was able to take the first steps toward a ‘Strategic Vision, Spatial Development and Action plan’ for Arnavutköy.

Architecture Workroom guided the various phases of the atelier. Thus a strategic development plan was created (an integrated vision that sketches the future development of Arnavutköy), an action plan was drawn up (a guide to help transform this vision into concrete projects), and a project description was proposed for the pilot projects. In the coming months, two of these projects will be further developed in preparation for an exhibition that will take place in Istanbul in October.

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