‘Havvada Island’ designed by Studio Dror based in New York, a man-made island, a new land, to be created upon the proposed removal of one billion cubic meters of soil to open a canal through Istanbul.
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As a result of a series of conversations with experts the construction company Inanlar proposed this impressive solution.
The island’s diameter measures three kilometers and with height from 230 to 400 meters.
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A century after the Republic of Turkey was proclaimed, the Canal Istanbul project offers to re-visit the map of the city. This project presents an improved urban planning opportunity for economical growth, and a historical turning point. One billion cubic meter of soil will be carved out in order to create the canal. iNANLAR proposes to utilize the soil and use this opportunity to build a new land and a new model for a forward-thinking living environment.
Over the past century, our world has witnessed tremendous changes, urban migration, global density, continuing growth of the urban fabrics, economical globalization, human’s mobility, and environmental concerns among many other issues.
“The twentieth century will be chiefly remembered by future generations not as an era of political conflicts or technical inventions, but as an age in which human society dared to think of the welfare of the whole human race as a practical objective.”
Aarnold J. Toynbee, English historian (1889-1975)
‘For most of us, design is invisible until it fails. In fact the secret ambition of design is to become invisible […]’
Bruce Mau, Massive Change
A green island made of 6 hills of different sizes circling the downtown center of the land. Each hill up rises on top of a mega structural sphere that supports the residences on the hillsides and a community life at the center.
Each hill is designed as a mega-dome structure based on engineering and structural principals studied and implemented in architecture since ancient times and further developed as a geodesic dome in the last century by Buckminster Fuller. The design proposed for most of the island relies on compression and tensional integrity; it maximizes the material utilized to build the structure and infra-structure of the Island. The urban planning optimizes the slopes of the hills and their panoramic view on each side for greater residential areas.
Traditionally, communities have built their residential areas around the center of the town where political decisions or trade was made, and spiritual and religious temples were built – the community would grow around those centers with extended skirts of residence buildings and neighborhoods. The center valley of the Island offers ideal space and planning for parks and recreation centers. The buildings are covered with green living-roof and fade in the natural-type of environment in an organic way, while contributing to the constant energy recycling of the Island.