The Past, Present and Future State of Architecture in Turkey …
|-The Past, Present and Future State of Architecture in Turkey|
|-Presentation of Contempoary Architecture in the Middle East|
|-Asia Architecture Award, Istanbul 2015|
All the countries with great historical and cultural background face the challenge of transition from traditional settings and system of living into todays modern and contemporary style, without neglecting or destroying the traditional values and landmarks. Turkey has been remarkably successful in achieving this goal, where we can see the emergence of many modern buildings and structures, without undermining or destroying its rich and unique heritage.
The free and open environment and space in Turkey has made it possible for the co-existence of both eastern Islamic culture and Modern western culture in a peaceful and organic manner. In such an environment the habitants have a choice of picking any style of living that they like without feeling guilty of neglecting the other side. Because both of them are accepted and respected.
Turkish authorities have a great vision for future of tourism as well. Realizing this treasure, they are in the process of building the largest airport in the world in Istanbul which is capable of receiving with 150 million passengers annually. Turkey, being the crossing point between Europe and Asia has a very unique and important strategic position in the world. It is where many cultures, traditions and religions meet and blend. Hence it has become one of the richest and diversified societies. Thus, we decided to dedicate one issue to this amazing country.
I would like to also use this opportunity to inform all of our colleagues and correspondents about 2A magazine’s newest activity which is currently involved with. We are organizing The ” Asia Architecture Award. “
2A magazine has been actively involved in introduction and promotion of architects and their projects around various parts of Asia, specially in the middle east region. However, through this event, 2A magazine is aiming to create a broader forum for Asian architects to interact, share and compete in a totally friendly but professional manner. Asia which is the largest continent with ancient, diverse, regionally specific and unique cultural heritage, can be considered as the richest source for architectural projects for both traditional and modern styles. Despite this significance, Asia had not received its deserved attention that is why 2A, as an Asian International magazine decided to help to divert the attention of the world architects toward Asia, and promote Asian architects and their projects.
The Istanbul based ” Asia Architecture Award ” which is intended to act as an architectural foundation in Asia will present:
– Theoretical visions in terms of culture, political views, economy, history, customs and other social factors
– Ideas from various origins – Conceptualizations – The artistic and aesthetic criteria – Sustainable architecture – Modern Life and Technology