A place for Culture, Learning and Revitalization , for the area below the Ankara Castle and surrounding the existing archeological site consisting of a roman amphitheater and ruins. This involves several types of buildings with supportive programs each sustaining activity towards elevating culture and associated activities, tourism, and existing activities which can be enhanced or improved by certain built environment interventions. One such programmatic building or architectural place could be designed for enlightening and enriching the understanding of travellers and local people of the unique history, heritage and spirit of the place and to provide a place of reflection and understanding. The other aspect is unique cultural experiences through performance, food, and artisan work and even public learning workshops. Proposed buildings and functions for this such as performance spaces, auditoriums, art and culture galleries, can also be used by the proposed university branch campus for Urban archeology and Religious studies. Depending the site and building masses are organized, some separate auditoriums, and galleries along with the necessary offices, class rooms and library plus archive were provided. It is through a collection of program elements and functional pragmatic buildings, spaces, and routes that a sequence of uses and experience supports, sustains, conserves and integrates well in the context. All the issues of archeological conservation, as well as cultural, social, environmental, economic sustainability were addressed in the design. There was inclusion of commercial retail, cafes, business spaces, and onsite artisan workshops. Issues of environmental systems and building system materials pre-selection were integrated as part of both environmental sustainability, and contextual integration. Movement through this environment was expected to be continuous and yet provide options to explore different vantage points at specific times. Places were to be indoor and at times outdoor space, with transitions for completely closed to the elements and open to the elements. It is hoped that there would be inclusion and integration of the historic building elements, features and artifacts already existing, done in a manner that creates better interaction, enlivens the experience and conserves these spaces.

2020 Fall Instructors:Glenn Terry Kukkola (Course Coordinator) , Jesus Espinoza, Meral Özdengiz Başak, Zeynep Öktem, Wren Frederickson

Teaching Assistants:Buse Demir, Beliz Sunsal, Maryam Karbaşı.