Taksim Square and Gezi Park, 2012

Taksim Square and Gezi Park

The design of  Taksim Square and Gezi Park consists of two strategies in urban scale and building scale. An infrastructure is recomended for Gezi Park, a baroque park which is located in a very important part of the city to assure a more active use by urban dwellers. Istanbul city where urban spatials can not be used because of physical and social barriers, city’s core converted to a recreational/ picnic area because recreational areas are important locations for socialization from ottoman era to present. Area defined by a blanket laid on the grass belongs to the person who laid that blanked for a while. This is a democratic use of precious urban spaces for low in-come people live outside the city. Furthermore, makeshift structures belongs to municipality are rearranged to contribute to the perception of Park and keep park more active.

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