Gezi Park Kampanyasi: Resurfacing an urban park/Istanbul/2002--2006
Brown, David P.
Master of Architecture
Open spaces, like urban parks in cities are impaired between the bureaucracy of the city government and the imperatives of commercialization. They are stagnant, unable to challenge the imagination. They melt into the background of a trancelike condition we live in. Design can jolt people out of this trance to act upon their environment, when liberated from providing prescriptive solutions to conflicts between pairs no longer categorizable as opposites: city + park, culture + nature, work + leisure, private + public. Gezi Park Kampanyasi is a design operation aiming to activate free spaces (or free active spaces) through a series of interventions. The interventions respond to existing formal temporal urban patterns interrupting and modifying their flows. These transient interruptions set off a chain reaction in the public realm out of which emerges an unpredictable urban space that is continuously changing.
Landscape architecture; Urban planning; Regional planning