SAVAS / SORGUC / ERKAL / SARICA
STIGMERGIC-SCAPES: AFTER THE REMOVAL OF BODRUM TERMINAL
ARCH 402_SPRING 2020_STIGMERGIC SCAPES: AFTER THE REMOVAL OF BODRUM TERMINAL SAVAS_SORGUC_ERKAL_SARICA
Bodrum, called “Halicarnassus of Caria” in ancient times is a port city, in the southwestern Aegean Region of Turkey. The city is famous for its white cubic vernacular architecture, which later became one of the major inspirations of the so-called International Style.
Besides its architectural qualities, with its magnificent geographical location and natural resources, Bodrum was subject to “urban migration” for different reasons and during different periods. In 1923, Cretans settled in Bodrum following the great population exchange between Greece and Turkey. In the 1960s, it became an enclave for intellectuals, artists, and writers. During the 1980s, a neoliberal finance model invaded the virgin costs of the city and its hinterland with cooperative summer houses. Particularly after 2015, white color urbanites chose Bodrum as their ultimate rescue place. Besides national invaders, international urban migration involved increasingly different types of migrants, with varying motivations. This included elderly searching for a safe and cheap retirement environment, single women migrating to find secure space and social freedom, intellectual asylum seekers, artists, marginals, etc. In the fall and spring terms, our studio will work in Aegean Coast, in/around Bodrum. Including the deep mapping of the waterscape surrounding the city, the focus will be on the center of the city particularly after an important urban subtraction, the removal of Bodrum Terminal. This bus terminal is located adjacent to one of the main roads, which is a large-scale spine interacting with both harbor and castle.
This sudden and radical change proposed by the municipality will be regarded as a part of urban stigmergy, which has the capacity to initiate a continuous act of self-organization within the urban environment that excludes “car”. Accordingly, students will propose urban programs responding to this condition. The proposals are going to have architectural implementations on ___scape and question the definitions of existing urban agents or actions.
Keywords: stigmergy, deep, manifold, motion, fluidity, underwater harvesting, environment, traces, artifacts, agents
The architectural programs that were developed for the site we have selected in Bodrum, in the Fall semester, include a variety of subjects grouped under:
• Bodrum Distracted • Bodrum Submerged • Bodrum Exposed • Bodrum Carved • Bodrum Streamed • Bodrum Occupied
*Fall Semester 401 Studio is conducted by the same instructors and Funda Baş Bütüner.