This year’s edition of the International Young Architects' Prize Antalya, “Individual Freedom Spaces in Public,” organised by the Antalya Branch of the Chamber of Architects of Turkey sought to provoke a critique of the urban planning and design process deriving from commercial systems.
Every year the Antalya Branch of the Chamber of Architects of Turkey launches an international ideas competition open to young architects from all over the world. Since 2010, the prize is organized alongside a conference and an exhibition in Antalya, Turkey.
The theme selected for this year’s edition, “Individual Freedom Spaces in Public,” sought to provoke a critique of the urban planning and design process deriving from commercial systems. The competitors were requested to imagine participative solutions with an emphasis on quality of life and community relations. The entrants were requested to imagine participative solutions emphasizing quality of life and community ties.
Three prizes and one mention were awarded.
1st Prize: Fulya Selçuk (Turkey) for the project entitled “Game,” a controlled illustration of the dissolution of the borders between urban spaces and playful conviviality as a form of appropriation of space.
2nd Prize: Foivos Kallitsis, Evgenia Tsagkaraki (Greece) for their ironic analysis of the state of public space. Their project replaces the “wall” separating citizens from the space by a mirror reflecting the image of free, open and convivial space.
3rd Prize: Tuğçe ŞAHİN (Turkey): The project highlights the awareness of individual citizens and their potential to defend common and green spaces. The physical and mental “seeds” are emphasized as part of the participative creative process.
An honourable mention was awarded to Hatice Işıl Uysal (Turkey), who designed an urban system based on self-determination.
Turkish architect Deniz Incedayi, Vice-President of the UIA, presided over the international jury, which met in Antalya from 24 to 26 October 2014. The jury was composed of the following architects: Ferhat Hacıalibeyoglu (Turkey), Jerzy Grochulski (Poland), UIA Council Member, Christine Edmaier (Germany), President of the BAK Berlin and Magda Mostafa (Egypt), member of the UIA Commission for Architectural Education.