[News] International Bandirma Park Design Competition Opens to Submissions

Situated on the south coast of the sea of Marmara in Turkey, Bandırma is a small city of 143,000 inhabitants that is rapidly changing. With a new port and railway connections currently under construction, the city is a candidate for relieving Istanbul’s infrastructure from rising population and heavy transport traffic. Bandırma is ideally placed between Europe and Asia, since it lies 112 km southwest of Istanbul, and approximately 150 km east of the Greek border.

A new architectural competition has been announced for Bandırma’s new city park, which will be situated 1 km from the city centre and will host local design schools. Proposals should come from teams where at least one member is an architect, and should consider existing architectural heritage and landscape. Please read the press release below for more information and submission guidelines.

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The press release:

International Bandirma Park Design Competition opens to submissions

Located in the most dynamic region of Turkey, the design competition to transform Bandirma Park into a new common for the future of the city of Bandirma has opened to submissions.

Announced by Edip Uğur, Mayor of Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality, the competition invites competitors to generate innovative ideas for developing a new genre of park cultivating the notion of spatial design and planning as well as creating a recreational centre at the regional scale.

The city of Bandırma, a candidate to relieve some of Istanbul’s growing population burden, is showing significant advances in becoming an important industry and logistic centre within the region. Once the new port project for the city has been completed and the rail and road links have been connected, it is expected to become Turkey’s portal to Europe. Thus Bandirma Park, located 1 km from Bandirma’s city centre will aim to serve as both a recreational area to enrich daily life and as a space for local design schools. Submissions are required to provide this necessary space but also regard the existing architectural heritage and unique characteristics of the natural landscape.

The competition jury has brought leading names from the world’s pioneering architecture and urban planners. Led by French architect and urban planner Odile Decq, the jury includes Louis Becker partner at Henning Larsen, Prof. Martin Rein-Cano founding partner of Topotek 1, Prof. Dr. Celal Abdi Güzer architect and academician at Middle East Technical University, and Prof. Günther Vogt founder of Vogt Landschaftsarchitekten.

The open international, single-stage competition requires at least one architect on each submission, all to be submitted in English. The top three will receive the prizes given below and the following seven competitors will receive honourable mentions worth 70.000 TRY (20.000 €):

1st prize 360.000 TRY (100.000 €)

2nd prize 250.000 TRY (70.000 €)

3rd prize 145.000 TRY (40.000 €)

Deadline for registration is 03 February 2017 and the deadline for submissions is 24 February 2017.

For more detailed information, please visit: http://competition.balikesir.bel.tr

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