The Top Name at ARCHIPRIX-Turkey 2016: Our Graduate Architect Meriç Arslanoğlu
Jan 05, 2017

ARCHIPRIX-TURKEY, the national competition for choosing the best diploma projects by architectural students in our country, organized in partnership with the Building-Industry Center (YEM) and Şevki Vanlı Architecture Foundation, broke attendance records in 2016. Our graduate Meriç Arslanoğlu's "The Strawberry Effect" project aims to create a constructive competitive environment by bringing together all the architectural schools in Turkey on a common platform. Organized for the 21st time last month, ARCHIPRIX-Turkey received 256 projects from 44 universities.

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The 2016 competition sponsored by Mono Electric, saw the jury grant awards to architects who stood out with their contribution to different architectural areas: Ahmet Alataş, Alexis Şanal, Mehpare Evrenol, Sevince Bayrak as well as the runner up, Anas M. Mahli, who won the first place prize last year.

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What does the “Strawberry Effect” project target?

Can natural-looking areas be created by artificial methods? What would happen if we design a synthetic space that did not emulate being natural? Architecture Department graduate Arslanoğlu's completion project examines the various artificial surroundings of New York City's Central Park, Lowline and High Line Park, describing them as "strawberry aromas emulating strawberries"; from there he studies, with man's intervention, the rare and unique synthetic and artificial environment that the city exemplifies. One of the most important centers of industrialization and production, considered in all its aspects by its historical process and texture to be a world city, New York, was treated as an "object on which production takes place and is worked on" rather than "a habitat and a place to live" within The Strawberry Effect. Thus, the natural elements that have become "objects" in the city were actually regarded as "imitation" or "artificial" elements.

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The project, based on conceptual research, innovative scenarios for artificial environments and bio-chemical experiments, starts with conceptual research and goes down to the building scale, focusing on the spatialization resulting from the potential to create an artificial and synthetic space by taking advantage of the post-industrial heritage of the Hudson River and High Line promenade.