Dyarbakir Ateliers (Easter Turkey) project continues
Dyarbakir Local Governement part of continued research and actions by IHS and Berlage graduates
As a spin-off of the Diyarbakir Ateliers (Eastern Turkey) of UMD7, a small team of two Berlage and two IHS graduates – Giulia Maci and Tikvah Breimer - were given the assignment to develop a coherent set of pragmatic first actions and pilots for the remaining two budget years of Diyarbakir Local Government. The action plan forms the finalisation of the multi-partner MATRA Social Transformation Programme (since 2009).
In October our team visited Suriçi to get a first-hand idea of the issues to be tackled, focusing on the South-Western Quarter of the ancient Basalt city where considerable crowding has led to slummification. Meeting regularly with LG representatives and other stakeholders helped to better align our suggestions with reality on the ground as well as existing regulations.
The resulting action plan (in English and Kurdish) includes considerable attention for land development strategies to ensure the sustainability of the urban renewal hoped for by LG as well as attention for young generations and employment generation. Jan Fransen, deputy director of IHS, is on his way to Turkey to present the proposed action plan in person.
Part of the action plan, including an impressive model of the four Quarters of Suriçi which highlights the proposed interventions, is currently at display at the Nederlands Architecture Institute (NAï) in Rotterdam, as a counter site to the Biennale. You can still get a glimpse of this IHS project until well into August.
Tikvah Breimer, May 2012
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Over the past 2 years, IHS in partnership with the Berlage Institute has worked on a Matra-funded project in Diyarbakir in the eastern part of Turkey. The project called “Accommodating the Displaced: A New Municipal Housing Service in Diyarbakir” was implemented in partnership with the Municipality of Diyarbakir Metropolitan Municipality, the Diyarbakir Chamber of Architects and the Development Centre, a local NGO. The project’s main focus was to work with the municipality on physical transformation plans for different neighbourhoods around the city that have been developed through a participatory process. IHS staff and students have been involved in various activities over the last two years. Various training programmes have been delivered, both in the Netherlands and Turkey.
Transformation plans have been developed for different neighbourhoods in Diyarbakir, after a thorough analysis and overall plan was developed for the city. IHS staff together with the local NGO has conducted housing needs assessments in four different neighbourhoods. Berlage staff and students in cooperation with IHS staff and students have developed transformation plans for different areas including the historic city centre and the train station precinct and its surroundings. The transformation plans are currently exhibited at the International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam. At the end of May, a closing event will take place in Diyarbakir showcasing the outcomes of the project in an exhibition as well as seminar to share the experience with municipalities from across Turkey.
See also http://www.iabr.nl/EN/
Publication date: 12 June 2012