Friday, February 24, 2012

Cendere Valley Project of Urban Design for a Greener Turkey

Is it possible to retain the basic texture of urban housing while embarking on an ambitious project to transform sustainable? We all know that the texture loss leads to a sense of alienation among the people who are born and grew up in a particular city or town.

It is a challenge that has tried to Emre Arolat architects (EAA) to join his new project of urban design for Kagithane Cendere Valley, in the heart of Istanbul, the capital city of Turkey. It is believed that the new project will help Cendere Valley to become an important green corridor for all citizens of the country.

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Currently, Cendere Valley lies in a very "Decomposed State," despite being one of the most important ecological corridor in Istanbul. While the central part of the Valley is populated by a low density of population, it is surrounded by forest on one side, aligned along the Black Sea.

The area shows flashes of a story contained in old engravings. It was an agricultural area during the last years of the Ottoman Empire and was slowly filled with industries in the 1950s. Another change is suffering these days with the displacement of industrial zones of urban housing and its slow transformation into a center of the service sector. The development of the latter requires the construction of large number of residences, offices, recreation centers for residents and other amenities, such as schools, hospitals, etc..

The new project aims to meet these new requirements while maintaining the texture and strengthen the green credentials of the Valley. The design of architects EAA proposal focuses on a controlled population density to maintain the ecological character of the area and provide a place of sustainable housing to residents. So, architects have planned to erect buildings along the Cendere and Anadolu avenues in the area. The buildings would be in blocks of escalating casualties. There will be commercial units on the ground floor while arcades along the edge of both avenues will help to create a kind of corridor protected lengthwise.

The new plan envisages passages and transitions to pedestrians, as the elevation of the terrain are supposed to have dense public use due to commercial activities. In addition, these transitions and passages create a visual relationship with the avenues and tolerate the line.

According to architects, the blocks of low rise would create a "permeable facade ' between the avenues and the ecological corridor." In the area of the Office, there is a provision for a green terrace that will act as a divider between the private fields located in the upper part of the buildings and areas of business below. Architects plan have focus points in the city for various activities.

These points will have different thresholds to break the continuity and provide a rate for urban design. Also you can place a rail along the stream for the transport system.