HAMAM – THE NEXT GENERATION (Istanbul, Turkey)
Istanbul is currently the fastest growing city in Europe. Of course, this enormous development of the city causes not only positive aspects. What does this development mean for the public spaces in the city? The demonstrations in June 2013 on Taksim Square for example, were started by a group of people trying to preserve a green park in the city centre of Istanbul. How are spatial and social identities effected by this development and how could we as urban designer react on this challenge? This current question is also pointed out at the 13th Istanbul Biennale at this moment “Mom, am I Barbarian? “
We will visit first the 13th Istanbul Biennale to study the current discussion about public space in Istanbul. After concluding your research about the public space you will apply it on a design of a modern reinterpretation of a Hamam. Is this function a possibility to strengthen qualities of public spaces in Kuzguncuk? How will such a Hamam look like? This we like to find out in this project ”Hamam: the next generation”.
You are requested to make a design of a new hamam at the former gasometer area in Kuzguncuk. It should transform the traditional elements of a hamam, extended with some new functions, into a design that fulfills the demands and needs of the 21th century society of Istanbul.
Design week 1: visiting the gasometer area in Kuzguncuk
Final presentation of your individual urban design:
At the end of the course you present a urban design for a Hamam which fits in the area and take the industial heritage into account. The program requires at least:
- a hamam
- a pool area
- a restaurant
- a hotel (minimal 10 bedrooms)
- a public recreation area
2013 winter term
40 hours per week
Design week 1: View over the Bosporus to Europe
Saxion University of Applied Sciences, department of urban design
Okan University, department of urban design and landscape architecture
Prof. Dr. Nevin Çekirge, architect, Istanbul
The first design week is on the project site in Istanbul. Together with students of landscape architecture from Okan University you develop a “vista” concept for Kuzguncuk. The workshop will be coached by local experts. In the second design week (in our design studio) you will learn to use models to analyze and research with the aim to improve your design.
In this Urban Nomads program you will develop 6 professional competencies: Concept, Urban Design, Analysis, Urban Research, Urban Strategy, Being aware of surroundings.
During 1 semester you will work continuously and integrally on these competencies. You work individual and you will get weekly feedback in classes on your products. This project includes 2 design weeks and a final presentation.
Feedback on products:
Once a week you get individual feedback on the design products in the studio of Urban Nomads (location, day and time have to be announced)
At the end of the course you will present your project to professionals.
After the final presentation your portfolio will be accessed by certificated assessors on the 6 competencies. You will receive a certificate
Concept schedule winter term (October – January) Christmas break 3 weeks
October November December January
week 1 introduction research design
week 2 analysis design design design
week 3 design week 1 design presentation
week 4 concept design week 2 assessment
Section Hamam, R. Visser