URBAN DESIGN AROUND EDIRNE SELIMIYE MOSQUE

PROJECT / LOCATION / DATE
Urban Design Competition Around Edirne Selimiye Mosque / Edirne, Turkey / March 2010
 
FUNCTION
Urban Design, Landscaping
  
COMPETITION ORGANIZER
Edirne Municipality
 
CONSULTANT
Prof. Guzin Konuk 
 
ARCHITECTURAL TEAM
M.Baris Yegena, Begum Gorgun, Hakan Guray, Hasancan Aras, Melahat Kaldan, Ozkan Ulusoy, Ali Alper Kayaoglu, Azat Yalcin, Selin Akbiyik, Sirin Ozbek
 
URBAN PLANNING TEAM
Yesim Akin, Hale Mamunlu, Ahu Ceylan Dogan, Pinar Polatkan, Simge Ozdal
 
LANDSCAPING TEAM
Seckin Bilici, Ayse Kasifoglu
 
PURPOSE:

Regionally, to protect the historical center and transfer it to the next generations; locally, to clear the Selimiye Social Complex and its immediate vicinity of vehicle traffic and to arrange the Selimiye Social Complex grounds as a “meeting place “ by protecting the eligible housing fabric around the contest area and ensuring the coherence between the crooked housing fabric and the historical fabric.

OBJECTIVES:

To utilize and protect the potential of culture tourism existing around Selimiye and in its vicinity which is thought of as a catalyzer project area; using the in-hand resources suitably, to bring out in the future the other historical and cultural assets within Edirne provincial borders which are already known but not revealed yet; turning Edirne as a border town and its vicinity into a destination for other countries worldwide; to create a focus of interest for cultural tourism in the city center; to turn the design area into a outdoor museum for the circulation of domestic and foreign travel for 12 months a year; to eliminate the destructive quality of the existing transit traffic in the center by cascading it around the center as soon as possible; to reveal the beautiful city silhouette and accentuate it with various items; to create areas for the locals to benefit within future utilizations and functional areas; to protect the local commercialism and small business owners to turn them into international representative entities; to protect the eligible parts of the existing urban fabric and to rehabilitate the destroyed parts; to transform or to bring into conformity with the existing fabric.

PROBLEMS:

The square and its vicinity has been encumbered interprovincial transit traffic. The traffic way has been dividing the square causing it not be perceived. The relationship between the circulation of pedestrians and the historical places can not be perceived as a whole. There is no decision for using functional areas for cultural tourism in the project area. The protective development plan has pedestrianized the old trade center area, but generated no solution for the circulation of pedestrians around Selimiye and its vicinity. The ring road approaches with a highly small width and gets quite broadened in the south of Selimiye and it gets narrowed again afterwards. The protective development plan has not generated any solution in this regard. It has accepted the already existing situation. The existing cascade around Selimiye has negative effect on the holistic space perception. Around the Selimiye Mosque, there are irregularities and inefficacies regarding functions such as accommodation, pensions, public toilets and safe deposit units.

POTENTIALS:

The province of Edirne has an important place in cultural tourism in Turkey. Edirne Palace along Tunca River which is the biggest Ottoman palace after Topkapi Palace; the Selimiye Mosque, The Old Mosque and the Three Balconied Mosque; the Meric and Tunca rivers; the Historical bridge and historical townhouse; its existing traditional commercial patterns; historical Kirkpinar Wrestling Contest; the fact that the major part of the project area is public property

EVALUATION:

It seems to be a must to provide a solution to the transportation issue primarily for emphasizing the potentials in the face of problems. On the upper scale, transportation should be cascaded and parking area solutions should be implemented around the archeological site. The functional areas, on the other hand, should be adorned with cultural tourism oriented activities. A sound transportation suggestion and solutions for the circulation of pedestrians shall be the first steps to ensuring the city to turn into an area of interest as a whole with the functional areas. For this purpose, the protective development plan must be definitely revised. Our suggestion is seminal in this regard.

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