Greater City Municipality of Kocaeli Landscape and Urban Design Project Competition of Izmit Waterfront – 2010, Mention Prize Oktan Nalbantoglu, Ufuk Ertem, Okan Can, Tugba Akyol
Difficulties encountered in the transition to the industrial city of the coastal town…
Such has a magnificent geography, to have to get away from him so…
Also lived intertwined with the sea turning your back…
Up period aer starting from Nicomedia Republic modest but seeking a city with a history as a
spectacular nature and culture so…
Izmit, starting in the 1950s found itself in the rapid industrialization movement and identity of a
city bearing the traces of unplanned urbanization.
Very Izmit the coastal regulations for the city in the project viable / sustainable seeking
urbanization towards solutions, up to many new urban fiction metropolitan scale than the regional
scale, then the basin of the city by moving the planning scale strategic approaches that pumps
blood clean the vessel has been adopted. Radical measures to be taken to develop strategies that
is not picked up the last days many patients from the scalpel of a city trying to cope with chronic
illness more comfortable to spend on the problem can not go beyond the temporary treatment.
Izmit is sick and can no longer breathe.
The most important planning decisions taken in order to save the future of the project, the city of
watershed protection approach. Starting from Izmit on the eastern corridor in Sapanca lake
Izmit Bay in ending basin largely on agriculture today (dry and irrigated) in the host, 1. of class
with fertile soil to maintain its position as an important center of agricultural production work. This
basin is also on-site hosts many of the richest biodiversity also makes home ownership a wetland
ecosystem. Today wetlands designated as a conservation area boundary, is likely to be no decision
aer the implementation of development plans that dealt with the watershed planning approach.
A wetland ecosystem can not exist long without continuity.
New planning decisions for the eastern area of the city has been developed under the project. East
of the competition area south of the D100 road located in central business districts (CBD), Urban
Social Reinforcement Areas (KSD), Industrial Area (SAN), Residential Non-Urban Areas of Study
(CEC ACE), Storage Areas (D) rejected, ecological restoration work in this field has been proposed.
In this context, ecological agriculture, it would be appropriate to support the cultivation of
bio-diesel and bio-waste agriculture.
Three-stage protection zones around wetlands have been created: indoor use only of visitors who
will be used for scientific research; waterfowl nesting and breeding times of the use of the open
space outside visitors with limited time and will be open to visitors year-round use in accordance
with certain rules and passive recreation areas with bird observation points.
Along the coast starting from Derince to end in Karamürsel Izmit Gulf coast of the weighted
regulatory decisions that coat the length of the pedestrian has been developed. Sea green wedges
will extend to the interior of other settlements. Residential areas of decentralization will take place
in the projection of the proposed industrial and storage areas. These areas 'urban magnets', shall
continue to function as a balance between city and nature. Moreover, low density near the center
of tourism facilities with eco-tourism proposals have been developed.
Raised the main pedestrian street in the project
Ecological Cord Unlike the example of a bridge
being stuck in the green heart of the city. Symbolizes the existence of nature together with the city.
Respectful and tolerant of each other… Ecological Cord unborn with a system fed from the nature
of the survival of the highlights of the fetus would be possible. Where the main pedestrian
promenade ends Izmit is a new challenge. It takes its name from the ancient square Nicomedia.
With Nicomedia Congress and Culture Center will be the landmark of the architectural form of
As a former Railway Street in the city center also called Freedom Street is transformed into a
pedestrian boulevard. In the pedestrian boulevard is given tram and bike paths. The tram line will
start from the bus station and to the east of the proposed Sekapark
Transfer Center will end in n.
The bike path will be divided in Sekapark axis starting from the deep of the coast. The first axis
north pedestrian boulevard, will continue from there to the bus station.
Aer the second axis Sekapark will continue to follow the coast along the coast and will end in
Karamürsel. Monorail public recreation areas of the Gulf of Izmit, while the length coat that will
allow them to use more comfortable and will play an important role in public transport in the