BURSA Workshop 2012

Presentation 2A

Τίτλος Presentation 2A
Έγγραφο Προβολή εγγράφου
Συγγραφέας Pauline (ENSAPLV), Filanthi (NTUA), Ömer (Mersin), Emrah (METU)

Demirkapi – Group 2a
Demirkari is a residential area at the surroundings of an old silk factory, placed at the outskirts of the mountain Uludağ. As an introduction we should mention some of the qualities that we observed at the area. Firstly, in the neighborhood coexist two different groups of people, Roma and Turkish, and both of them have a relation with the tradition of their culture. It is also remarkable that they have a strong connection with the street, where all they daily habits and their socialization is taking place. The above fact and also the low, old houses, the human scale, the “closed” community and the existence of many empty green spaces are factors that preserve a scale of a village at the area. Furthermore, another feature that defines the area is the “boundaries” that set the old houses at the narrow streets and the wall that surrounds the factory. This “boundaries” serve as a scene and create a certain atmosphere.
Our idea is based on these qualities and the effort to preserve them. We noticed that the silk factory was a meeting point for the two different groups of people and we have the intention to restore such a place. In order to do that we create a community center at the area of the old factory for the interaction of the two cultures. We propose that this center hosts a school for adults, workshops, cultural, musical and theatrical activities, craftworks and activities for children. We also focus on the surroundings of the factory and make some suggestions for the improvement of the neighborhood. We take advantage of the empty and green areas to create spaces that people can use for their daily habits, as an extension of the street, and create several paths that help the inhabitants to use these places, that we call “street corners”. We do not ignore the fact that the neighborhood is in the bottom of the mountain and the slope provides nice view and visual connection with the city and the mountain, so we attempt to use these spots in the above network of paths and empty spaces. Furthermore, we put some functions on a lower part of the neighborhood that provide the connection with other neighborhoods, such as a bazaar area. With this action, we intent to have a gradual transition from local character to a more urban environment. Ultimately, we suggest the conservation of the old heritage, such as the houses and the wall, with the participation of the community and the connection of this action with the activities of the community center.