The Arcaded Revolution
This project focuses on urban public squares and their impact on a city and its people. Throughout history, Ankara had many open had many urban public spaces where people would meet and tell, and shout their social, cultural, economic, global problems and try to create or want solutions and in this project, I wanted to reflect these values and create a space where all people would feel included, heard, and celebrated. I wanted to include three urban public squares and connect them with an abstracted arcade that have various space conditions. I wanted to include an arcade because of its origins and to refer to how it being used in many cities as well and the arcade and the creek would go simultaneously together and support the green corridor idea of the city. Since my site is in the very core of the city, has very dense urban tissue and has incredibly various user profile from health workers, patients, academicians, workers, to students and so many more, I mainly included socio-cultural, production-based, and study-based spaces. The arcade first gets connected to the library and the student committee and production areas, then goes into the first urban square which would mostly include public meetings. Then the arcade gets connected to the socio-cultural space that has the auditorium and production spaces for everybody, then this space gets connected to the second urban public square which includes art functions like walls for artists etc. Then in the last part the arcade gets connected to an exhibition space that showcases the works of the production spaces and the arcade turns into a bazaar area that is also used for the outputs of the workshops and refers to the Yenişehir Bazaar that was previously placed. Lastly, the arcade gets connected to the last urban public space which connects the project with the Abdi İpekçi Park.