Transforming Urbanism Through Istanbul’s Streets

University of Oregon Department of Architecture

November 1 – December 14

Location: Kadir Has University Cibali Campus

As we move through the city, we look quickly, we examine slowly, and we experience what has existed in order to figure out, not what the future used to be, but what it now needs to be. A hypothetical architecture project looked at the historic fabric comprising Beyoglu’s vibrant and complex Istiklal Caddesi over three centuries to plan and imagine a new set of sustaining conditions. Three themes became the design catalysts for absorbing the mixture of culture and a need to move and connect people. Turkey, Globalization, and Istanbul; Street as Common Ground; and, The Politics of Public Space pointed our study of the local vernacular to the need for linking parts of the city and celebrating between-space qualities. Varied forms of the pasaj became key to our infill project called “Transforming Urbanism Through Istanbul’s Street Spaces.” Our carefully chosen site provided space for discussion about real and symbolic ways to envision contemporary Istanbul and its need for internal urban thresholds and places to pause and separate from the intense exterior filled with a myriad of consumption-based activities. Michel de Certeau asserts, “Liminality is akin to play: it frames escape from social convention and the exploration of new possibilities.”