In contribution with Sohn-Joo Minn, & Karl-Heinz Klopf

Sohn-Joo Minn is a known female Asian architect based in Seoul who is the professor at Yonsei University and the UF co-organizer in Korea.

YSUA YonSei Urban Arhitecture: UF Heterotopia

Karl-Heinz Klopf is a known artist/architect of mid-40's based in Vienna who has been working in Mumbai, Tokyo, Taipei, Hong Kong on urban issues and a founding member of UF group.

CLAIMING THE SPACE Aysel Yavuz, Kerim Kurkcu

Within our practice, how shall we value or use the structures which are developed totally randomly against professional designs?

Or shall or should we use them at all?

Landfills which are functionally filled for gaining places, are non-place placement. These are not lands, but placements stolen from water.

Here, we are dealing with the relations between body, space and their surroundings as artists with architectural background.

Reuse ad recycle: Defining one's own space, with one's own object.

Shelters have a great impact on us. They stand close to the pet architecture or ad-hock architecture. They involve the most important problem of the body, space, environment triangle, the waste material and re-cycling.

These are random structures. They are build in order to satisfiy a need with stuff collected from all arounfd the place.

Definening the borders: bushes and seats as border elements.

Although the landfills seem to be not having an identity, the users of these areas have different functions for them. These functions cause different needs. And since these are not planned properly and develop all of a sudden by itself, they propose different solutions.


Suburb / City Centre

Eden / Purgatory

Water / Land / Air

Beauty / Ugliness

Existing / Non-existing

The profile of who visits Yesilköy coast on weekdays and weekends differ. Locals of the area use the coast in the morning and in the afternoon for tea parks, walking, jogging, cycling. They usually don't use it on the weekends. On the weekends in summer and spring, visitors as families, lovers, street vendors, people with picnic equipment arrive from different parts of Istanbul especially from Sefaköy and Bagcilar.

Used as a recreational area with tea parks, gardens, bcycle lane, small marine, beach, pier and a children park.

Country land, everything can be sacrificed for you, you're the great one.

Nervous citizens, municipalities who forget their word, re-filled areas...

We need "Diseaster sceneros".

In case of a strong earthquake the landfill areas of Istanbul can end up like Gölcük and Degirmendere in previous big earthquaqes. These areas include all the recreational landfill aras of the Bostanci - Pendik and Sultanahmet- Bakirköy line.

In the previous earthquake the locals of Yesilköy and people even from the other neighbour areas used the landfill areas as a safeplace. Beacuse there wasn't enough consciousness or knowledge.


A local or minor action and a proposal for creating consciousness about these areas and our rights as citizens.

What can be done in order to prevent a big loss.

1) These areas should be tested and should be made stronger if needed.

2)New land fill areas should be prevented or at least should be structured or engineered well enough to stand for big natural changes.

3) If nothing can be done, then at least the some warnings about the landfill areas and how can they be evacuated in case of a danger can be placed. At the moment such kind of warnings do not exist.

Observations on Landfill Areas:

Pet Architecture, Ad-hoc Architecture

Earthquake danger

Gender / Age / Class differences

Migration within Istanbul

Temporary interference of people to the environment

Night / Day use differences


Left overs, waste

Tons of land and stone

Areas of precaution / Areas danger

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