Tuesday, June 05, 2007

The future of Istanbul

2010 is the date: European capital of culture.
Instabul reappears on the global scene with three main projects (at the date) in three strategic areas of the city.

Küçükçekmece-Avcılar, Galata Port, Kartal-Pendik.
For the first and the second, two international restricted competitions were launched in 2006: new residencial, commercial and recreational spaces to renovate disused industrial areas.

Lagoon of Küçükçekmece-Avcılar, west of the city, crossed by E5 (one of the major european arteries).
Llewelyn Davies Yeang International Office prevails upon Kengo Kuma and MVRDV with their 2km eco-corridor of uninterrupted green which covers aquatic park, natural reserves, cultural center, hotels, residences, leisure areas, beaches and service spaces.

Kartal-Pendik, east side of the city, close to airport.
Zaha Hadid prevails upon Massimiliano Fuksas and Kisho Kurokawa with her sculptural touch.
A "soft and deformable" grid lays and adapts itself to the existing context and infrastructures, generating a different typologies and buildings and allowing a gradual transition from low density to high density areas.

Galata Port
, core of the city, 1200m of coast, between the old neighborhood of Beyoğlu and in front of the Topkapı palace.
One of the biggest Project Financing procedures ever concluded: the International Consortium Royal Caribbean Cruises-Global Group acquires the area - 100000 mq of old docks - for 3.5 billions Euros. It will be converted in a modern luxury terminal for cruises + hotels, commerce, culture and recreation. It seems though that some irregularities in the process may leave space for a new competition.

via Abitare