IMM organized the “Taksim Urban Design Competition” on March 2. A total of 4 projects, 29 domestic, 72 foreign and 48 mixed projects, participated in the competition from 26 continents and 146 countries. Announcing its decision on September 20, 2020, the jury found 3 works worthy of an equivalent award. The 3 selected projects were submitted to the public vote and kazanIt was decided to bring this work to life as the new face of Taksim. Before the public vote, IMM organized the "Taksim Urban Design Colloquium" and an award ceremony. IMM President, who made the opening speech of the colloquium held online Ekrem İmamoğluHe stressed that he is eagerly awaiting the implementation of the project. İmamoğlu expressed his feelings, “There is a great design-oriented democracy festival waiting for us in front of us. With this method, which is tried for the first time in Turkey, we want to reshape the public spaces together with our fellow citizens with designs that can best meet their expectations, and to bring them to the level of quality our society deserves.
Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) organized the "Taksim Urban Design Competition" through the Department of Cultural Heritage. Registrations for the project, which will change the face of Taksim Square, one of the symbol areas of the city, in line with its social and historical importance, started to be taken on March 2nd. For the first stage of the competition, a total of 4 applications, 29 domestic, 72 foreign and 48 mixed, were received from 26 continents and 146 countries. As a result of the jury evaluation, 20 projects remained in the second stage. The second-tier evaluation process concluded on 20 September 2020. The jury found the 3 works participating in the competition worthy of an equal amount of awards. Kazaninstant projects; Project no. 15 led by Şerif Süveydan, project no. 16 led by Bünyamin Derman, and project no. 19 led by Kutlu İnanç Bal. The 3 selected projects were submitted to the public vote and kazanIt was decided to bring this work to life as the new face of Taksim.
"TAKSIM MOVED TO A POINT AWAY FROM ITS OLD SHINY DAYS"
Before the popular vote, IMM organized the "Taksim Urban Design Colloquium" (a scientific meeting where a scientific problem or political, economic, diplomatic problems were discussed) and an award ceremony. The first speech was made by Deputy Secretary General Mahir Polat at the meeting, which was held over the social media accounts of IMM and Mayor İmamoğlu. Polat shared the details of the competition and its aftermath. Making the opening speech of the colloquium after Polat, İmamoğlu said, “I am sure when it comes to Taksim, memories come alive in a corner of everyone's mind. I guess that a long time has passed since many of them. Because Taksim has now moved away from its glamorous days. Today I am here to share with you a new stage of the work we started so that the glow will come back again, and it will regain its charm in our memories ”.
"SQUARES ARE THE ICONS OF CITIES"
Stating that squares are symbols of cities, İmamoğlu said, “They are memories reflecting the culture, life, economic and cultural accumulation of their place. It carries traces from every society living in the city. There you can find something from every component of society. Producing, working, talking, thinking; they are common spaces that belong to every mind. In this sense, Taksim Square has become a center where the energies of people who have these characteristics, especially since the Republic period, come together. So much so that songs, novels and movies were the subject of. We started to introduce our guests coming to the city to Istanbul from here. We did this because Taksim is one of the hallmarks of the city and even our country. However, this habit of our generations has been lost. Taksim was sentenced to urban design disasters. He was most influenced by the understanding that does not see squares as areas of democracy and freedom ”.
"JURY HAS BEEN DETERMINED ACCORDING TO THE BASIS OF LIABILITY"
Saying, “We have initiated new formations in many fields in order to make it possible to participate, to make decisions together, to listen to every word and to direct the future of the city together with Istanbulites”, Imamoglu said, “Our Istanbul Planning Agency has opened 10 competitions so far within the body of IMM. Processes subject to urban design ranging from urban furniture to archaeological park, from cemeteries to square projects were operated. These competitions are for different disciplines; nationally and internationally; It was organized in a wide variety of free, two-stage and pre-selected. The members of the competition juries were also determined on the basis of merit ”.
"KAZANAN PROJECTS WILL ANSWER QUESTIONS ON THE SQUARE”
Imamoglu; He also shared the following information about the referendum to be held: “Our open-air exhibitions related to these 19 competitions, which were completed on October 3 in Taksim, Bakırköy and Üsküdar squares, will be opened simultaneously. We will explain the projects prepared for these areas to our citizens in Istanbul with drawings, videos and models. It will not be limited to this; each equivalent award winner will answer questions from Istanbul residents. Equivalent awards in Taksim on 20 October, Bakırköy on 21 October and Salacak on 22 October. kazanmoment projects will answer your questions about the projects. KazanAt the moment, we published all the projects on the Internet. Istanbulites kazanan kazanThey will be able to examine all the projects that have not been able to ask their questions. With the opening of the exhibitions of equivalent awards in our squares on October 19, voting will begin on our istanbulsenin.org website and in the squares. Voting security of our citizens with their ID numbers will be provided by our Istanbul City Council. For each competition after voting will continue until 12 November kazanWe will share the current projects with the public on the week of November 16, without delay.”
"WE WANT TO START AND FINISH QUICKLY IN 2021"
Emphasizing that he is eagerly waiting for the implementation of the project, İmamoğlu expressed his feelings with the following words: “I am sure that all Istanbulites are waiting for this process as excitedly as I am, for it to turn from a project into a production. By starting 2021 and finishing it at full speed, Taksim, which will reveal the memories of Istanbul with its old vitality for decades, with its most identity and highest quality, will be presented to Istanbulites as soon as possible. kazanwe want to climb. There is a magnificent design-oriented democracy festival waiting for us in front of us. That's exactly what it's called. With this method, which is tried for the first time in Turkey, we want to reshape the public spaces together with our fellow citizens with designs that can best meet their expectations, and bring them to the level of quality our society deserves. When all our projects related to Taksim and other areas are realized, creating a more beautiful Taksim, happy, lively squares where we come together again in Istanbul will really increase the dynamism of this city. Together with being together, it will actually increase the love and respect for each other. We will increase the community's sense of ownership of the city and we will initiate a tremendous cooperation process here. I feel it."