I attended an event which was organized at my school: TED University. The panel’s theme is “Ankara’nın Hayali: Modernin İzlerini Süren Bir Başkent Olmak“. It means Ankara (capital city of Turkey) dreams that its modern occurrence neither destroy nor transform into irrevelant projects.
The changes on architecture, from 20th century to 21st century, in Ankara city and also in some other cities by referring to Ankara, were discussed. Ali Cengizkan approached about while some other cities around the world keep their modern architecture structures since the construction time, Ankara city started to destroy its modern architecture structures under the name of urban transformation. In that point, it was discussed that the settlements could not be distributed around the city so that the modern constructions in the center of the city were demolished. Murat Tabanlıoğlu talked that instead of destroying the 20th century modern architecture constructions, the structures should be used for proper purposes. In this regard, an example from Hakkı Ergök corresponded to what Murat Tabanlıoğlu mentions: transformation of a theatre hall into a town hall (fact). Hakkı Ergök as being a person who lives and studies in Ankara, said that he feel bad about what happened and what is happening to Ankara by referring to his own experiences in the city. Also, the speakers talked about how is today’s Ankara’s status in relation to modernity, what are the expectations of population of Ankara from the city, how they would like to see Ankara and what they imagine for the future of the city. Additionally, they mentioned whether Ankara’s current architecture satisfy them or not. Great speeches were given. I had a great time and enjoyed. 🙂