ITU Designs Turkey’s First Super City
Apr 11, 2016

A team from ITU designed “a self-sufficient ecological city that produces its own necessities with zero energy and zero waste” in Eskişehir, Kocakır.

ITU led the way with “joint service application protocol regarding development of ecological accommodation standards within the law regarding transformation of places under disaster risk and piloting in Eskişehir, Odunpazarı district, Kocakır area” conducted together with the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization.

superkent proje lansman toplantisi

In the study carried out by an expert team in ITU, design strategies were developed to form ecological indoor and outdoor living spaces and to reduce carbon emission in all scales including material scales to building and accommodation scales in Eskişehir Kocakır reserve area.

ekolojik yerlesme projesi

Kocakır was designed with all detailed considered to create a foundation for “standard infrastructure for national ecological accommodation” that releases zero carbon emission, provides places with high carbon sink potential, produces its own necessities and becomes a zero waste city by re-using the waste within the area.

golet projesi

Rector Karaca: An exemplary project for Turkey…

Our Rector Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaca stated, “The project undertaken by Prof. Dr. Zerrin Yılmaz, Department of Architecture together with Prof. Dr. Mehmet Ocakçı, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, and their team set an example for our country”. Karaca celebrated the team and continued: “The precautions taken through such projects to fight climate change should increase. Turkey can be a leader in this aspect. We have actually had similar but smaller scale applications in our project “ITU Green Campus” with the support of Faculty of Architecture for 3 years. We are improving on gaining sustainable life culture, establishing an aesthetic campus with ecological and specific identity and having barrier free and secure and living campus. For example, we have conducted projects to become an effective campus regarding Recycling and Waste Management and to spread the notion of recycling. We located various recycling units on our campuses. Pervious ground applications were used in landscaping designs to benefit from rain water. We have almost turned our campus into a natural park. In order to support biological diversity and maintain a high quality environmental campus, we increased the diversity by using plants that are appropriate for regional climate. We designed new routes to remove the campus traffic from these areas. We built parking areas and put ITU Traffic Rules into practice. We made arrangements to encourage electrical cars.”


ITU’s project will be presented as an exemplary project for the theme History, Bio-diversity, Sustainability and Green Cities in EXPO 2016 Antalya on April, 23 2016.