BILSEL / BAŞAK / TEPEKAYA / TOPCUOGLU
ON THE EDGE OF THE CITY: A CREATIVE CENTER AT THE PORT OF IZMIR
On the Edge of the City: An Urban Creative Center in the Port District of Izmir
"Being on the edge" is an idiom that refers to a condition of being on the margin, in a precarious position. It implies the end of a state of being and the beginning of another one, opening new perspectives for new opportunities and creativity. In the first term project, our studio group worked on the old industrial district known as "Liman Arkası" at Alsancak in Izmir. Located between the central city and the Port of Izmir, the old industrial area is currently occupied by numerous uses, such as warehouses, various manufacturing activities, and small industries in a precarious condition. Design teams were asked to develop urban design strategies and an urban program for the revitalization of the district. The area is composed of various parts, differentiated in terms of activities, morphological, and social structure. The fact that the old industrial compounds have been left aside with their dilapidated structures covering large areas in the district constitutes the most critical problem. Alsancak Port, constructed in 1954, has been at the center of a controversy between different authorities since the turn of the 21st century. In continuity with the team projects of the first semester, the students were expected to propose a specific program for a selected area and develop individually an architectural design project that could partake in the regeneration of Liman Arkası District, and contribute to Izmir's social, cultural and economic life.