LANDSCAPE DESIGN 3 / PEM312E / 2019-20 Spring Semester

Assoc. Prof.  Ebru Erbaş Gürler / Res. Assist. Çisem Demirel

Bandırma is a district with a wide variety of features in terms of water, industry, agriculture, nature, climate, history/archaeology and logistics and because of all this multi-layeredness, it contains rich urban and rural landscape potentials.

However, as a result of not utilizing the potentials of the district well enough, problems such as floods, improper land use, and intensive mining practices have developed in the city. Considering the pressure that all these problems will put on Bandırma in time, new solutions should be developed for the city to resist these pressures and to sustain itself in a long-term quality.

The purpose of this studio is to analyze this multi-layered structure in Bandırma and to reveal the potentials and the problems that put pressure on the city, and to create a landscape design&strategy among these multi-layered pressures / potentials under the title of “urban resiliency”.

At the end of the studio, what is expected from students is to create strategies for a more resilient Bandırma in a manifestal way in both textual and design level.

Bandırma district is a coastal district of Balıkesir Province on the shore of the Sea of Marmara. With approximately 150.000 inhabitants, it is one wof the well-developed districts of Turkey.

The first settlement in Bandırma dates back to 13. Century BC named such as Kizikos, Panderma, Panormos etc. The District of Bandırma, which has many natural treasures such as Kapıdağ Peninsula and Manyas Bird Sanctuary, also has a very important position in Turkey in terms of industry and is home to one of the largest ports in Turkey.

The port of Bandırma is the second largest in the Marmara Sea after Istanbul and the fifth largest port in Turkey. It also has one of the main ports of TCDD railway passing through the city. Hence it has a busy commercial rail transport.