October 09, 2008

The Architecture Center, which has been working since 2000 for the development and construction of high-quality architecture in Turkey, is preparing to host an event named ArkiPARC 2008 in İstanbul between Oct. 15 and 17.  Around 25 to 30 speakers will attend the event, which will take place at the Military Museum and Cultural Complex in İstanbul’s Harbiye neighborhood, with the theme of “Dialogue for Urban Quality.”

Panels on cultural industries, ways to create sustainable cities, real estate administration and projects which are managed by the Housing Development Administration of Turkey (TOKİ) will explore issues during the event.

Arkitera Architecture Center founder Ömer Yılmaz told Today’s Zaman that the gathering will be a quantum leap for building higher quality cities and buildings. “Our first goal is to be recognized on the international stage,” he noted.

There will be a special section on İstanbul during the event in which the architectural structure of an area in the city, Büyükdere Avenue, will be presented. Yılmaz said this was important research to undertake before implementing a new project in the city in order to see how it fits into the city’s general structure.

Yılmaz called on architects and investors who are involved in the improvement and promotion of Istanbul to contribute to the project to make İstanbul a model city of architecture.

He said the event will host very important architects from around the world such as Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, Mustafa Kemal Abadan, the only Turkish partner at SOM architecture, Mete Arat, architect of the Aslantepe Stadium, and Nigel Dancey, a partner of a large architecture office.

In addition to architects, real estate professionals and planning experts in İstanbul will attend the conference, added Yılmaz.

As part of the event, an awards ceremony will be held on Oct. 17 in which awards will be given in five different areas of urban quality — the Dialogue Award, the Real Estate Award, the Young Architect Award, the Client’s Award and the RAF Award.

ArkiPARC 2008 aims to provide participants with an opportunity to establish relations with one another and to create environments conducive to communication. Registered attendees will also be able to see each other’s contact information by using a special section on the ArkiPARC Web site.