Landscape Design III -21347
Landscape Design III (CRN: 21347) ‘Climatescape’ will be led by Prof. Hayriye Eşbah Tunçay (PhD) @hetpeyzaj and will be assisted by Res. Asst. Hüseyin Ögçe (MSc) @huseyinogce in 2022-2023 Spring Semester. This studio deals with the inevitable impacts of climate change on cultural landscapes. The urban heat island effects, water scarcity, and biodiversity loss are the ENVIRONMENTAL IMPLICATIONS of climate change. Migration, food security, social segregation, and health issues are some of the SOCIAL OUTCOMES of this ongoing process. Economic crises, loss of jobs, loss of production, challenges to supply chains, and reduction of GDP are some of the ECONOMIC IMPACTS stemming from the global warming phenomenon. Current science and practice show that the existential crises posed by climate change will continue in the future if human beings and countries fall short of taking effective actions. Climatescape is an integrated approach, which comprehends the multi-faceted issues of climate change in generating landscape design solutions for tackling climate change locally and globally. Thus, this studio focuses on the world’s biggest issue from all angles with a special emphasis on cultural landscape protection. The World Heritage Site- the Land Walls of the Historic Peninsula and its adjacent neighborhoods in Fatih, Istanbul- is the study area where the students will explore the changing landscape dynamics. It involves two parts. 1- Analyses, mapping, and concept development, 2- Design development. The studio asks the following questions: How does the urban landscape change along the historic walls in Fatih, Istanbul? How does climate change affect the communities and the cultural heritage? How can we map different impacts of climate change on the cultural landscapes? How can we promote public awareness regarding cultural heritage and climate change? and last but not least, How can landscape architects promote resiliency in a cultural heritage site? The first part of the studio will explore these questions through a series of inquiries about the changing Social Climate, Political Climate, and Economic Climate. These parameters will guide the interpretations from the mapping of physical and environmental transformations in the urban landscape. The first part of the studio will benefit from a series of enriching seminars from climate scientists, restoration and preservation experts, historians, and designers. Students will explore many analyses, mapping, and representation tools through workshops, group activities, and peer-to-peer teaching. The outcome of the first part of the studio will be a set of analyses and concept drawings. The second part of the studio is built upon the initial stage of the works and aims to guide the students to design development. The fruitful self-exploration process will turn into the development of the program and the concrete design decision. The spatial and material aspects of the design should elaborate the approaches to the protection of cultural heritage, resiliency, and community involvement. The students are free to further express their ideas with additional graphical and digital communications.