Ankara Branch of the Chamber of Architects continues its activities on World Architecture Day. Within this scope, Ankara Branch of the Chamber of Architects has organized a panel titled “Discussing the Future of the Capital” which was the subject of the urbanization of the last 25 years in Ankara due to its 93-year anniversary of assigning Ankara as capital city of Turkey. Bilkent University Landscape Architecture and Urban Design Department Chair, Bülent Batuman is assumed as moderator in the panel and Erhan Öncü, Abdi Güzer, Oktan Nalbantoğlu and Ali Ekber Doğan participated in the panel discussion as speakers.

Ankara was transformed into a confrontation with ideology and space.

Chamber of Architects Ankara Branch President Tezcan Karakus Candan, who made the opening speech of the panel, said: ‘Ankara has been host to the cultures of the past 93 years as the capital of the Republic of Turkey is approaching 25 years with the implementation of the city mayor gradually loses becoming a feature of the capital. We all live in a process where ideology is reflected in the place, and it is a conflictual environment with the practices of local and central power. For years we invite you to share the ideology and connection of space with the society as an architectural medium and to take the attitude in this matter and to claim the identity of the Capital. Continued threats to the destruction of buildings, cultural heritage Atatürk Forest Farm and the Fugitive Palace have developed awareness in the society regarding the period of ideological reflections of the ideology, the ideology of the mechanized structure. Lastly, there was a splash of consciousness about the ideology and the space together with the children’s park, the football field carpet built in Anıtkabir. The concept of the right to the city has come to be understood by the society that the past and future values and the place are a living being. The past, future and identity of the capital have entered a new lane with the process of understanding the discourse of the society. Mechanized construction does not just affect the place, it returns to us as steps to destroy our values, our past, our future.’

‘We will make Ankara livable again parcel by parcel’

Candan, ‘How we can eliminate the destruction of the city with all these extraordinary state and superstate processes that we will evaluate in the 25th anniversary of Ankara’s Gökçek administration, how we can imagine a new capital, we will talk about them. In this sale by parcel parcel, every speech in this panel which will lead Ankara to the struggle to make the parcel by parcel reusable is very valuable to us. Nothing can stop us from our struggle and our city’s more livable city. We will continue to fight in all conditions, we will continue to plant seeds of hope for Ankara.’ He said.

‘Ankara has become an unlivable city’

Moderator of the panel, Bülent Batuman: ‘The conditions in the urban sense do not look very bright. We will evaluate the past 25 years. It is this 25-year-old character that political Islam holds the city administration. The first one is the only one in the municipalities where the second part is in the conditions of both local and central power.

Transportation expert Erhan Öncü, he assessed the last 25 years of Ankara’s transportation in terms of visibility.

‘Projects were implemented in Ankara before transportation policies were established. In summary, unplanned highway connections and extensions were made in Ankara transportation from 1990 to 2015. Road extensions, road junctions, road improvements that were not in the transportation master plan were all done, at the same time; they tried to plan on one side. On one side was a non-planned roadway, on the other hand there were no railway systems with a plan. This is a very serious position. While public enterprises were hurting public transportation, individual operators were very profitable. The values of the rentiers and traffic plates have risen. Because, the public has led him. Being on foot and using public transport caused punishment. They gave the priorities to not for human, to the vehicle, not public transport, to the individual transportation and followed not public in transportation, chose not noninstitutionalized policies. While Ankara is an unlivable city, many of them become wealthy by using transportation. After all, we are watching. The pedestrian access was made difficult; the obstacle was never taken into consideration.’

‘The transport master plan died before it was born’

Pointing out that there is a pyramid scheme based on road and income in transportation, Öncü continued his words as follows: ‘The opening of green areas to construction, business premises for shopping mall construction, all these are the background of 25 years of development.