MENNAN / ISBILEN / MACIT / SARACOGLU / POLAT

DESIGN FACTORY FOR CREATIVE INDUSTRIES - ALSANCAK, İZMIR

The 402 architectural design studio has continued in the İzmir Alsancak area, in the vicinity of the urban design project studied at the 401 studio, housing abandoned early republican industrial complexes such as Tariş and Sümerbank factory buildings, old electricity, and gas factories. The urban scenarios that developed for this site proceeded through new active forms of grassroots urbanism or informal urban organization concepts such as stitching, hacking and subtraction to connect the site to the city and reclaim its industrial character as a hub for clean industries. Though situated outside the area of 401 study, the 402 site extends the urban scenarios that developed there in terms of political, social, cultural, urban, and natural ecologies envisioned.

The creative industries are defined as " ... those industries which have their origin in individual creativity, skill and talent which have a potential for job and wealth creation through the generation and exploitation of intellectual property" ('Creative Industries Mapping Document', DCMS, 2001 ). Creative industries have a potential impact on the economy, regeneration and place making, highlighting the importance of assessing each local authority's distinctive characteristics.

Approaching the problem on an architectural scale, we envisioned the contemporary workspaces that support the contemporary needs, values and the changing work-style of the creative worker. Architectural program is composed of three main incubation production clusters, spaces of interaction and interface that support knowledge exchange, commercial spaces that invite and accommodate people beyond the creative workers and the required service spaces. The program focused on three sectors: (1) film & TV, (2) advertising, new media & communication, and (3) fashion design & textile technologies.

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