If we analyze the project site in terms of threshold and the city rights, we can realize that that there exist some protected values in Aktepe and Emrez Neighborhoods as well as in Izmir and in fact in all the Aegean region. They are the values which we are trying to catch up still in today's metropolitan cities.

We can call it the 'neighborhood culture'.


We are talking about the local values of the lives that pass outside the apartments. We are talking about the balconies, the terraces, the kids playing on the streets, the chatting women hanging their laundries on the balcony sides, the old couple sitting by the front door in a summer evening socializing with the other neighbours. We owe it to non-urbanization. We owe it to the narrow streets, the human-scaled gaps between the buildings, the non-regulation of the city into parcels and the spontaneity. If there is one thing that we are sure about, that is the people will without a doubt look for a life outside their homes after the urban renewal.

The proposed project is the design of the gaps.


Award             HONORABLE MENTION

Location         Gaziemir   |   Izmir

Client             Izmir Metropolitan Municipality

Program         Urban Transormation

Type                 Competition Project

Project Year   2015


Sacit Arda Karaatlı 

Lebriz Atan Karaatlı


Elif Demiroğlu (Urban Planner)

Süveyda B. Atagür (Landscape Architect)


Animation: Cihan Poçan
Click here for the project booklet.