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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 Izmit 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 Izmit. 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 surrounding settlements.

  • General view of izmit project area ON TASARIM LTD. ŞTi.

    General view of izmit project area

  • Poultry and birds of Izmit coast ON TASARIM LTD. ŞTi.

    Poultry and birds of Izmit coast

  • Nicomedia: congress and culture center – square - coast ON TASARIM LTD. ŞTi.

    Nicomedia: congress and culture center – square—coast

  • Preservation approach to izmit river basin ON TASARIM LTD. ŞTi.

    Preservation approach to izmit river basin

  • Promenade ON TASARIM LTD. ŞTi.


  • Wetland – birds - nicomedia ON TASARIM LTD. ŞTi.

    Wetland – birds—nicomedia

  • Architecture of the nicomedia square ON TASARIM LTD. ŞTi.

    Architecture of the nicomedia square

  • Congress and culture center at night ON TASARIM LTD. ŞTi.

    Congress and culture center at night