The second term of the Building Design Competition, organized by the Cement Industry Employers' Union (ÇEİS), one of the umbrella organizations of the sector, in order to increase the aesthetic and innovative use of cement, has ended. This year, a total of 96 projects in the student and professional categories applied to the competition, which aims to function idle areas under the theme of “Innovative Approaches in Urban Areas”. As a result of the evaluations of the jury members, 14 projects were deemed worthy of awards and the projects were awarded with a total of 295 thousand TL.
In the Building Design Competition, which focuses on the theme of “Innovative Approaches in the Urban Area” in its second term; The buildings that have remained idle in the city or have not been used have been redesigned in a way that will increase the spatial quality of their location and give them an identity in the urban environment. The evaluation criteria also included an environmentally friendly approach and the potential for the designs to be transformed according to needs in their life cycle.
Projects Awarded in Two Categories
The winners of the competition, in which 41 applications were examined, 55 in the professional category and 96 in the student category, were announced. In the professional category, where a total of 205 thousand TL prizes were awarded, the winner was the Ekoton project, which stands out with the relationship between the single structures located on the seashore and with each other, by the duo of Dilara Demiralp and Uğur İmamoğlu. The second prize went to the Concrete Jungle project of Aslı Erdem, Merve Nur Başer and Fatma Zeyneb Önsiper, which has the potential to provide habitats for different organisms and to contain nature. The third prize in the category went to the Tema project by Efecan Kuyusuz, Volkan Kaya, Metin Ali Liman, Mustafa Tayyip Kaynar and Bayram Altındağ, which focuses on refunctioning the idle water towers. Urban Interface DAM, Katmekan, Cubetopia and Sensory Concrete projects were awarded the Equivalent Mention awards of the category.
In the student category, where a total of 90 thousand TL was awarded, the Beton Motus project by Melis Beril Yemişçi, Melis Pınarel and Dilşad Kurdak, which stands out from its competitors with its fun and dynamic design idea, was deemed worthy of the first prize. Yeliz Kaya, Furkan Berke Çilesizoğlu, İlayda Ömer and Kurtuluş Atasever took the second seat with the Ningen project, which made a difference with the solution it brought by including plants in the design. The third prize in the category went to the project of Mertcan Demirhan, Umut Can Korkmaz, Emil Aliyev and Yusuf Çoşan, named Sarnıç, which was appreciated for its effort to raise awareness with its design in which concrete stands out. On the other hand, Mildew-Concrete, Paraboloid Suture Convergence, Cycle and PAR-KUR projects received Equivalent Mention awards.
“We Will Support the Implementation of Winning Projects”
Expressing their satisfaction with their contribution to the visibility of the creative side of the sector, ÇEİS Chairman of the Board Suat ÇALBIYIK; “We are living another moment that is a source of pride for our industry. We have completed the second period of our Building Design Competition, which has great effort and valuable work behind it, under the theme of 'Innovative Approaches in the Urban Area'. In 2019, when we started this competition, our biggest goal was to reveal the creative potential of our country and to increase the innovative uses of cement. In this context, we gathered students, professionals and our industry around a goal. This year, we set out with the slogan 'Let's Use Our Idle Spaces in Cities Together'. 96 projects, each more valuable than the other and prepared with great effort, applied to our competition; Our jury awarded 14 projects after their meticulous evaluations. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the teams who applied, especially the award winners, and everyone who shared their experience with our Building Design Contest.”
ÇALBIYIK underlined that they will also take responsibility for the realization of the projects deemed worthy of the award; “Our new task is to ensure that the projects that have won awards and that have won awards are implemented. We have significant experience and method knowledge in this regard. The Green Concrete project, which won the third prize in the professional category in the first competition we organized in 2019 with the theme of 'Innovative Steps in the Public Space', was realized at the Headquarters of our Union and the Youth Center located within the borders of Mardin Yeşilli Municipality. In order to implement different projects, we support the wishes of our municipalities to bring together innovative works with city stakeholders. We look forward to bringing the winning projects of this year together with our citizens in the appropriate regions of our cities by collaborating with public institutions. As ÇEİS, we are ready to do our part during the implementation process," he concluded.