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LANDMARK  SERIES

A living bio-sculpture that holds the memories of a famous building and an unknown tree that have been together for better or for worse long enough to immortalize their bond of friendship. These two lives, two timelines collide with one another and rigidify into one single line which also has its own new life, emerging from the dormant scraps of the building, and behaves as an extension of the tree, connecting the two virtually and physically. “In Trace of Time” also makes friends easily with the people around, providing several opportunities to pass the time while waiting for a loved one or the next program

in trace of time

Locus; a place on which architecture or form can leave its mark, which contains a series of events and at the same time defines an event in its own right.

When it is about AKM (Ataturk Cultural Center), not only a building with cultural functions comes to mind but also a lively and dynamic structure which embodies unique natural and acquired features, hosting several personalities that redefine collective as well as individual memory and becomes the ground for various daily and historical events. What makes AKM so special is what it sees, next to what it shows. Through its testimonies that make the flow of time visible, (Ganiç, 2016) gains the value of an unintentional monument (Riegl, 2015) as it imagines, represents, documents, bears witness (Madran, 2001). Its birth is painful. It leaves a mark and points out another one. It affects the lives of many people even pre-existence. It is full of uncertainties. It comes back from the dead, feeding on urban legends. Even though it is demolished and rebuilt, its place in the memories is perpetual, but not the same for anyone. Even if it has completely transformed its appearance one day, and even if you haven't seen each other for some time, it still greets you with a familiar feeling you know very well.

year

size

location

theme

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2022

632.000 m2

istanbul

bio-sculpture

competition

2nd place

Although it is not as famous as AKM and Taksim Square, a common European Ash tree, aka Fraxinus Excelsior, is included in the lives of both from a corner. A tree no one named, has lived with Gezi Patisserie for quite a long time, recording everything in its memory in a much more systematic way. Even though it does not let us read its annulus history at this time, the fact that it has its business with it, makes their friendship even more interesting.

Even though we don't know what will happen next to these two, who have been together for better or for worse; we wanted to make this new reunion immortal by granting visibility to this moment of two separate worlds coming together in waves that warp the time. We followed the traces they left behind by intersecting various forms of occurrences and flows to each to their own time. 

The piece strengthens the sense of this sculptural tree by becoming an extension of it; colliding two lives with one another, aligning two timelines and rigidify into one single line which also has its own unique life from now on, and becomes a means of expression of their long journey’s untold narrative.

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        how can we gift an old glass production factory site with a new life, leveraging the identity of the surrounding natural landscape to the center of its regeneration strategy?

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The construction and comprehension of time according to a tree is physical and natural. Annual growth rings, as they are added every year, contain a lot of retrospective information such as the age of the tree, dry or productive seasons, fires, diseases, injuries and temperatures. On the other hand, a building commonly follows artificial and virtual anthropomorphic linear time and needs someone to record on their behalf, otherwise it is lost. This sculpture, as a product of their friendship, makes use of both times in form and substance. 

The first seed of the tree matches with the first idea that came up in 1937, forming the zero point. When the growth rings point out 2021, the last opening of AKM, a time warp settles AKM in the circular time flow of the tree with its anthropomorphic linear perception of time; the backward flow clearly marks all three grand openings and reveals other important past, present and future events in this loop with the help of AR, VR systems etc. At the same time, performing arts and flow of the movements of the body, and their relationship with the relativity of time help determine its form while creating a ground for the new focal point of the city. It engages with the pedestrians of the square not only as a meeting point, it also becomes an interactive info center of AKM with breaking news of the program, as well as  amateur musicians and performers benefit as a mini-stage.

The construction and comprehension of time according to a tree is physical and natural. Annual growth rings, as they are added every year, contain a lot of retrospective information such as the age of the tree, dry or productive seasons, fires, diseases, injuries and temperatures. On the other hand, a building commonly follows artificial and virtual anthropomorphic linear time and needs someone to record on their behalf, otherwise it is lost. This sculpture, as a product of their friendship, makes use of both times in form and substance. 

The first seed of the tree matches with the first idea that came up in 1937, forming the zero point. When the growth rings point out 2021, the last opening of AKM, a time warp settles AKM in the circular time flow of the tree with its anthropomorphic linear perception of time; the backward flow clearly marks all three grand openings and reveals other important past, present and future events in this loop with the help of AR, VR systems etc. At the same time, performing arts and flow of the movements of the body, and their relationship with the relativity of time help determine its form while creating a ground for the new focal point of the city. It engages with the pedestrians of the square not only as a meeting point, it also becomes an interactive info center of AKM with breaking news of the program, as well as  amateur musicians and performers benefit as a mini-stage.

        how can we gift an old glass production factory site with a new life, leveraging the identity of the surrounding natural landscape to the center of its regeneration strategy?

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The construction and comprehension of time according to a tree is physical and natural. Annual growth rings, as they are added every year, contain a lot of retrospective information such as the age of the tree, dry or productive seasons, fires, diseases, injuries and temperatures. On the other hand, a building commonly follows artificial and virtual anthropomorphic linear time and needs someone to record on their behalf, otherwise it is lost. This sculpture, as a product of their friendship, makes use of both times in form and substance. 

The first seed of the tree matches with the first idea that came up in 1937, forming the zero point. When the growth rings point out 2021, the last opening of AKM, a time warp settles AKM in the circular time flow of the tree with its anthropomorphic linear perception of time; the backward flow clearly marks all three grand openings and reveals other important past, present and future events in this loop with the help of AR, VR systems etc. At the same time, performing arts and flow of the movements of the body, and their relationship with the relativity of time help determine its form while creating a ground for the new focal point of the city. It engages with the pedestrians of the square not only as a meeting point, it also becomes an interactive info center of AKM with breaking news of the program, as well as  amateur musicians and performers benefit as a mini-stage.

        how can we gift an old glass production factory site with a new life, leveraging the identity of the surrounding natural landscape to the center of its regeneration strategy?

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the ground

The green service corridor just next to AKM, an inter-void with a potential to form an interface in the subconscious minds of the citizens, lately reclaimed as a public space, identifying the dense pedestrian and vehicle traffic route of Gumussuyu -Taksim Square connection, creating a verge at the end of the square and AKM.

the root

A building, a billboard, a void, sometimes vegetation, or an elderly tree as an extension of nature, of place, of us  are collected in the memories of urban life. Trees as living organisms that record their own recollections in annual rings, establish the most important connection to the ground and shape their surroundings vigorously.

the traces of time

Every passing year, the tree forges a bond with its surroundings, journaling every little experience to its diary, a natural note in history, another notch in its memory. The sculpture holds onto the strong image of this special bond, shaping the experiences and history of the place and building around with the comfort of the third singular witnessing their relation.

the time wrap

The sculpture, holding on to the layered time of the image it is pursuing, accepts the center as the zero point, and studies a time mechanism that expands outwards like the inflation of the universe. A time warp freezes the moment as a trace back and memory storage of all the experiences and engraves past, present and future into space.

the story

Critical events and milestones in the history of AKM construe the bends, twists, inclines, descents and ascents of the sculpture in elevations, advising the users to hold onto space and time, as nature does, in this journey of the memory that also takes to the future.

        the mountainous terrain of the city merging with the rough wavy coasts shape the new grounds as a continuum of the topography transitioning from land to sea, from earth to water, from green to blue, replacing mountains and waves within, letting them pass through and invigorate the daily life of this thriving community 

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         'mountains of sea' provides a transition from the mountains, the topography of the crust, into the waves, the topography of the sea, generating a hybrid tide of the mother nature,

going back and forth, up and down!

Also natural and artificial light represent both sides and both times. The shadow moves around with the tree as a result of natural light creating dynamic visuals, and transforms the energy it stores during the day into fiber optic lighting with micro spots, sharing the glowing scene of AKM at nights and plunges into darkness losing its shape determined by daylight. One of the reasons for not using a dominant light source is not to disturb the circadian rhythm of the biodiversity provided by the tree.

One of the main characters of the story is the materials that activate the relationship with the users are constructed with recycled steel and concrete of AKM, particularly and simply revived with the ruins of AKM, regenerates itself from a piece of it bundled with bio-concrete aka living concrete, increasing the carbon sequestering ability of the tree by 275 times and send a small greeting to the trees that were there in a previous life.

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