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ISTANBUL COMMUNITY MARKET
       
     
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ISTANBUL COMMUNITY MARKET
       
     
ISTANBUL COMMUNITY MARKET

HYBRID IDENTITY HAS BEEN THE ATRIBUTE OF KUMKAPI NEIGHBOURHOOD. 
JUXTAPOSITION BETWEEN IMMIGRANT NATIONALITIES, RELIGIONS AND CUSTOMS.

DESIGN THESIS FUNDAMENTAL QUESTIONS : 
HOW CAN PEOPLE WITH TRANSITORING HOMES DEPICT THE NOTION OF HOME/PUBLIC SPACE/COMMON SPACE WITHIN THE CONFIGURATION OF A COMMUNITY MARKET ? 
HOW CAN WE PROVIDE POSSIBILITIES FOR THE IMMIGRANTS TO ACT AS ACTIVE CITIZENS, CREATING SPACE AND PLACES BOTH FORMALLY AND INFORMALLY ?
HOW CAN KUMKAPI’S LOCAL IMMIGRANTS BECOME VISIBLE IN THE CITY AND CONSOLIDATE THE FRAGMENTED URBAN FABRIC THROUGH SPATIAL ACTION ? 
WE PROPOSE A SPATIAL CONFIGURATION, A DYNAMIC CARAVANSAI WHICH SYNTHESISES SCENARIOS OF POSSIBILITIES FOR THE LOCAL PEOPLE OF KUMKAPI TO LIVE, CREATE AND EXCHANGE IDEAS, CUSTOMS, CULTURE AND PRODUCTION WITHIN THE SPATIAL MARKET ASSEMBLAGE AND IT’S PARTIUCLAR (UN)DEFINED PLACES. 

“WE LIVE IN AGE DEFINED BY MASS MIGRATION AND CREATIVE IMMIGRANTS AND SO I AM SOMETIME HARD-PRESSED TO EXPLAIN WHY I’VE STAYED NOT ONLY IN THE SAME PLACE, BUT IN THE SAME BUILDING...I SOMETIMES THINK MYSELF UNLUCKY TO HAVE BEEN BORN IN AN AGING AND IMPOVERISHED CITY BURIED UNDER THE ASHES OF A RUINED EMPIRE. BUT A VOICE INSIDE ME ALWAYS INSITS THIS WAS REALLY A PIECE OF LUCK. “  ORHAN PAMUK, ISTANBUL MEMORIES OF A CITY 

CARAVANSERAI MARKET IS A SPATIAL CONCEPT THAT PROVIDES MEANS OF GENERATING DIVERSITY BY SUPPLYING LOW COST SPACE FOR STREET VENDORS, PLACES-SMALL SHOPS FOR THE IMMIGRANT FAMILIES TO RENT AND SELL THEIR PRODUCTS, AND OPEN SPACES WHICH CAN BE ACTIVATED TO FOSTER COMMUNITY OPEN MARKET EVENTS. THE PRODUCTS ZONES ASSIGNED TO THE MARKET ARE ACCORDING TO THE ANALYSIS IN THE KUMKAPI DISTRICT. SPICES, TEA, HERBS, VEGETABLES AND FRUITS ARE EQUALLY IMPORTANT FOR THE DIFFERENT CULTURES AND NATIONALITIES THAT LIVE IN THIS DISTRICT. THE DYNAMIC FORM AND THE ARCHIPELAGO OF ENCLAVES GENERATE OPPORTUNITIES FOR ACTIVE CITIZENS AND PROSUMERS- TO DEVELOP SKILLS AND MARKET THE SURPULUS THROUGH NEW COOPERATIVES... 

 

Project team : Aleksandra Shekutkovska, Amika Naknawaphan, Akarawit Sapsangthong, Natthasinee Pongkhan

 

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