Designing Intervention

Project Text



The Gates of Beyazit Meydan

Moving through the threshold of a gate, the body registers change; it is a placemaking instrument whose impact can be permanent or fleeting. These are the entry through with which it is proposed to intervene on the larger meydan area, giving symbolic continuity with its historical surroundings, while updating it for contemporary site needs and uses.




Existing


Symbolic
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Outmoded Monument

Gate to Istanbul University



Gate to the Grand Bazaar


Gate to Constantinople


Mediating 
Promise:

Access to the Academy


Access to the Economy



Access to the City/State






Proposed Interventions


Symbolic
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Contemporary Utility

Gate to the Student



New Library and Semi-Public Courtyard Plaza



Gate to the Hawker


Apparatus for Selling and Storage of Wares for Hundreds of Local Street Vendors


Gate to the Citizen


New Bus Stop, Connecting Follies and Street Bridge over Divan Yolu





Gate to the Student

The principal intervention, a proposed public plaza accessible by Divan Yolu, the main thoroughfare, and rear semi-public courtyard is proposed at the site of the current Instanbul University library with a new university libary proposed to be built above this new public space.


Reading Room




Longitundinal Site Section





Section through Proposed Library




Street Elevation of blind façade from Divan Yolu,
the former imperial road from Constantinople to Rome



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