GÜZER / ÖZGENEL / HATIRLI / AYDIN
URBAN RE-CONTEXTUALISATION: BILGIPORT: AN INFORMATION HUB / ANKARA
From domestic to work and leisure to health ‘information’ has become the most powerful agent in managing daily life practices. Information technology in service for regulating and dominating all contexts of action is also changing at an unprecedented pace. Knowledge in this sense is searched for, studied, stored and used in various new ways and for fairly different purposes today.
In order to orient into this new landscape of information and data communication and knowledge construction, “ways and spaces” of “research” and “learning” are being critically re-evaluated. Spaces for “collecting data”, “generating knowledge “and “disseminating information” evolve into a form and context that promote access, active use and sharing of new-media search tools. In addition, the medium of research today is structured more on thematic collections and in spatially inviting, open, interactive and operationally manageable social environments.
It is such environments, and not the giant research abodes, that also provide an opportunity for urban re-contextualization in areas where the relation between urban space and social benefit is lost. By means of integrating pubic participation into the world of data, knowledge and information, these new spaces of “research” and “learning” can well function as an extension of urban space. “Transparency”, “interaction”, “social communication”, “accessibility”, “inquiry”, “exploration”, “leisure” and “culture” are among the concepts and themes that can be exploited to create this integration.
In this context the studio developed proposals for an “information hub” that specializes on serving ‘digital’ and ‘new media’ data for cultural, architectural and urban topics. The building accommodates spaces and venues for research, learning, knowledge creation, meeting, education, leisure, interaction and recreation. Projects focused on interpreting the core program to design revised and alternative programs that tackled with accumulating, producing, and spreading knowledge in a social way. The multi-storey car park in Sıhhiye is selected as the project site. In terms of location and function the site represents an underdeveloped urban context that needs to be improved and re-contextualized via socially prominent and attractive programs. The ‘information hub’ in this respect aimed to bring this social component and urban change. The universities within easy reach, the new urban improvements in Ulus area and the cultural gentrification of Ankara Citadel by the recently opened private museums make the site a potential context of expansion for urban vitality.