Art Eco Campus
Ankara is located at a specific geography between the forested areas in the north and the steppes of Central Anatolia in the south. Its geographic location renders the city fragile against the climate change, drought and scarcity of water on the one side and sudden rainfalls and floods on the other. The aim of the project is to develop an ecological urban regeneration strategy for the future city of Ankara taking into consideration waterscapes of the city. Geographic representations in general and spatial representation of ecological relations in particular are studied in this project in particular.
In the project, we were free to choose any site related with waterscape within the Ankara and we chose Atatürk Orman Çiftliği (AOÇ). Atatürk Orman Çiftliği , that was founded by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk both as an experimental farm and as an afforested recreation area extends as a green corridor from the center of the city towards west. AOÇ that has been under the pressure of urban development still offers an invaluable potential as a natural corridor, agricultural and recreational area in the center of today’s Ankara. AOÇ has a significant place in the collective memory of Ankara. It is the modernization project of the Republican Revolutionists well as the legacy of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. Besides the land includes tangible cultural assets and rich natural systems that go beyond the boundaries of the area. In the last semester’s project, Ankara Stream was taken out from the canal and the ecosystem was revived. This area is turned into an ecological green blue corridor, a green ecosystem with many different plant and animal species. An urban deck that allows access form primary bus stops and train stations was proposed. This deck is elevated from the ground so that the continuity of the green is not disturbed. The deck reaches to certain nodes and all the activities are positioned along this deck. In contrast to the more free paths, this controlled deck, collects the human activities around so that the impact to the environment is minimized. The main goal is to make the minimum operations on the site yet integrate human as part of the urban ecology. For this project, I’ve selected the industrial zone to transform it into a social-cultural, sustainable node. This area is highly accessible but yet gives opportunity to create a more isolated space. Deck is a continuous part of the project, in this project it provides the upper level circulation and connect two entrances of the campus. Continuation of the green is also crucial in this project as well.