’20-’21 Sprıng Landscape Desıgn Studıo Reports

Landscape Design I: PublicScape

Architect and landscape architect Esma Selen Aksoy @e.selenaksoy and Res. Assist. Nergis Aşar

Public space is not only an urban open area but also is a meeting and production space for new ideas and cultural relationships. Boundaries of the public space are blurred today. Public spaces, where location-based data is accumulated, is transformed into a surface where we can follow the traces of the city. The main scope of the studio is the pursuit for creation of new design scenarios with virtual traces changing physical public space.

Landscape Design I: Trasformative Spaces

Assist. Prof. Ikhwan Kim @iikimss3 and Res. Assist. Nergis Aşar @nergisasar.

The inside and outside are part of different realities. Inside is a controlled environment with given purposes while the outside is affected by countless variables. And the connection between inside and outside can create a new reality. The aim of the Landscape Project I “Transformative Spaces” is to capture the transformation of open spaces by taking different dynamics of inside and outside into consideration to form a new urban landscape that can amplify the experiences of both.

Landscape Design I: Responding to the Future

Assoc. Prof. F. Ayçim Türer Başkaya, PhD. @aycimbaskaya and Res. Asst. Başak Akarsu @basakakarsu.

This project interrogates the layers of landscape with a touch of technology on them. Accepting landscape as a socio-ecological system and discovering its interplay with technology stands as the studio studies’ starting point. Benefitting from the Bosphorus setting, students will develop design skills for responding to the future within a multi-scale approach.

Landscape Design II: Rain Water Harvesting

Prof. Dr. Hayriye Eşbah Tunçay @hetpeyzaj and Res. Assist. Nebahat Kalkan @nbhtklkn.

Landscape Design II studio focuses on sustainable urban drainage systems.  The objective is to explore rainwater harvesting design across scopes and scales from cisterns to more immense opportunities at the metropolitan scale. The semester is structured around four iterative stages of tasks:  1- metabolic flows and material processes, 2- encoding of the urban fabric regarding water urbanism, 3-  complexity and compromise, 4- formation of a water sensitive city.  The studio pursues a design laboratory format comprising workshops, lectures, readings, discussions, and presentations.

Landscape Design III: Un-tangling the node of Kadıköy Infrastructural Landscapes

Assoc. Prof. Ebru Erbaş Gürler @landscape_eeg, Assist. Prof. Melih Bozkurt @mel_bozkurt, Res. Assist. Çisem Demirel @cisemm.d and Res. Assist. Merve Fermancı @merveeaydinli.

Kadıköy, one of the oldest and densest settlements in Istanbul, is in a similar situation. In the district, which is an important transportation and trade center, artificial infrastructures have made the natural one invisible (Kurbağalıdere) and has led to the green system coming from the coast to fragment in the centre and turn into undefined – dysfunctional parts.In this context, the main purpose of the studio is to understand the problems that contracts this node, to understand all tangible and intangible dynamics, to develop a blue-green system proposal and program proposal, and to produce open space landscape designs.

Landscape Design IV: Sporadic Growth in Bodrum Peninsula

Prof. Gülşen Aytaç, PhD. @aytgls and Res. Asst. Gizem Aluçlu @gizemaluclu.

Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have been witnessing a new migratory flow of people. Previously known rural to urban migration flow is today reversed from urban to rural for a more isolated way of living to avoid the socially inflicted problems. Many small holiday towns are affected by this phenomenon.  This could cause a disorder in these rural areas or it could be an opportunity to have an equally distributed population in the small and large towns in the country. The class will do research on ‘what does living in a metropolitan mean versus living in a small town?’ and ‘the change on the city dwellers’ needs, desires and behaviors’.

Graduation Project: Inıtium / Seraglio Point – Beginning of Historic Peninsula Istanbul

The jury of 2022 graduation project includes Prof. Dr. Hayriye Eşbah Tunçay @hetpeyzaj, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ayçim Türer Başkaya @aycimbaskaya, Assist. Prof. Dr. Ayşegül Akçay Kavakoğlu @akcaysegul, Dr. Imge Akçakaya Waite and M. Arch. Defne Bozkurt @caferbozkurtarchitecture ,with the assistance of Res. Assist. Hüseyin Ögçe.
The Latin word of “Initium” means “beginning” or the starting point that socially and physically shapes cultures, civilizations, and people. Istanbul is one of the oldest cities and is a laboratory to experience thousands of years of history of the natural and cultural processes. As one of the symbols of the multi-layered city of Istanbul, Seraglio Point acts as a spark for the design process of the 2021-2022 Spring Semester. The Graduation Project aims to develop a sustainable vision for the Historic Peninsula in Istanbul and design a socially inclusive, climate-resilient coastal landscape for the Seraglio Point on the peninsula. The goal is to propose an urban green system for preserving the site’s historical, ecological, and aesthetic qualities.

Graduation Project: Urban Campuses of ITU

Graduation project focuses on the “Urban Campuses of ITU” and asks whether the campus landscape can stimulate a novel landscape approach to the city from ecological, social and cultural perspectives.