Consistency and Discord: A Recent History of Ulus Square

The conservation of modernist architecture is a challenge for communities of architecture, as communicating the values of modernist heritage is much more difficult as compared to other “historical” beings that the general public can appreciate with ease. This presentation will tell the story of how the communities of architecture in Ankara cooperated to convince the municipality to stop the demolishment decision for the 100th Year Commerce Center, through a narration of continuity and discontinuity of planning decisions and political positions.

27 November 2020, 16:00, zoom

2020 Studio Works

2020 spring was a challenging time for all. Amid the global pandemic of COVID-19, the community of Bilkent Architecture Department displayed great vigor and solidarity. Studios adopted to the new conditions swiftly. With the self-determination of our students and faculty we conducted the studios without any comprimise from the quality of education.

2020 Spring Studios

Graduation Theses

Our world is changing rapidly and beset with developmental issues involving growth, sprawl, economic stagnation and stratification, a dearth of open space, congested transport, environmental degradation, as well as socio-cultural isolation. In our continuing search for “sustainable” design and planning solutions, we must consider an array of societal and urban issues.

2020 Spring Instructors:Mark Frederickson, Jesus Espinoza, Meral Özdengiz Başak, Yiğit Acar, Zeynep Öktem

The Revitalization of Flaminio District in Rome

For the Spring Term 2019-2020 ARCH 302 focused on the revitalization of Flaminio district in the City of Rome. Flaminio district is a very strategic area for the future development of Rome. It includes wide portions of areas to be fully redeveloped and potential focuses represented by modern key buildings. An area very close to the historical center, yet very different from the compact solidity of the inner city. It offers an urban territory with fragmented portions to be recomposed within a coherent urban texture, and consistent voids to be filled with new programs and plans.

2020 Spring Instructors: Selen Duran(course coordinator), Giorgio Gasco, Glenn Terry Kukkola, Wren Frederickson

Community Center at Incesu

In spring 2020 in Arch 202 students worked on Community Center Design for Incesu, Ankara. The initial stages of the design process started with research and site analysis which are developed as group works. At the individual design proposal stages, each student developed their unique contribution as a response to the existing conditions addressing the problems of the site. As well as the physical and architectural considerations, the social structure of the neighborhood, environmental sensibilities and sustainability issues have been the main criteria for design proposals, handling the area in its larger urban context.

2020 Spring Instructors: Zühre Sü Gül(course coordinator), Berna Tanverdi, Cem Korkmaz, Chen-Yu Chiu

Basics of Spatial Design: “The Play-Ground”

In spring 2020 the design problem of FA 102 was formulated around the idea of a "play-ground". This “play-ground” was for them, as the designers, to play with – not conventionally for the intended users to play on. Eventually, the design problem required the students to play, through exploration and experimentation, both to propose a novel, systematic, consistent solution and to develop themselves as a designers.

2020 Spring Instructors: Segah Sak (Course Coordinator), M. Nadim Adi, M. Tahir Ayparlar, Burcu Balaban, Y. Baver Barut, Bülent Batuman, Müge Durusu Tanrıöver, Elif Erdemir Türkkan, Gürkan Güney, M. Tevfik Gürsu, Ayşe Henry, Sema Karamanoğlu, Gökçe Kutsal, Alp G. Köse, Nilgün Olguntürk, S. Ayşe Gül Tokol, M. Pınar Uz Baki