Our Graduates’ Final Projects Shone in “Mekan 2016” Competition
Nov 15, 2016

Two ITU students have been given awards in “Mekan 2016”, which is this year’s leg of the “Interior Architecture Students Senior Project Competition”. In the competition organized to create a shared platform for interaction and communication between interior architecture and environmental design undergraduates, ITU student Ilke Şahin took first place while Hazal Karaöz won honorable mention.

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In her project entitled “IN’N UP”, Ilke Sahin, recently graduated from the Department of Interior Architecture, reconfigured the “Great Hangar” section of ITU’s Aeronautics and Astronautics Technologies Research Centre (ITU-Arc), which was initially designed for a museum but later converted into a research centre. With the project, a particular space in Ayazaga Campus was redeveloped through the participation of users in the process. The café Sahin designed for the entrance of the building is intended for student circulation in this area. Having internship experience in various institutions including European Architecture Students Assembly, Sahin has made a good start in her post-graduate life with this award.

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Also a recent graduate of the Department of Interior Architecture, Hazal Karaöz worked on refunctionalization of the interior volume of a building that was formerly used as State Security Court in Halkapınar, Izmir. Karaöz stated that she selected this location for her project since the historical building has unique features and occupies an important place in the collective memory of the city. Karaöz’s project involved the allocation of the building for use by Izmir Mediterranean Academy, turning Izmir into an international city of design and innovation that has close ties with Mediterranean countries, and the city becoming identified with democratic and participatory activities. Karaöz’s research involved a scenario including village institutes, ecovillages, organic farming activities, and spaces of experiments. She designed experimental spaces where artists, entrepreneurs, designers, and craftsmen would produce works of history, culture, arts, and ecology. The building was restored by Izmir General Directorate for Water and Sewerage Administration (IZSU) and allocated by Izmir Metropolitan Municipality for use by Izmir Mediterranean Academy and Izmir Kent Koleji