Bandirma Park Competition invites competitors to generate innovative ideas for developing a new genre of park cultivating the notion of spatial design and planning as well as creating a recreational center at the regional scale.

Located in the most dynamic region of Turkey, Bandirma is planned to perform as the major gateway of the growing Turkish industrial export after the envisioned new port. It is foreseen that this regional transformation will catalyze the desired metamorphosis of the spatial quality for the city of Bandirma. The project site, in this regard, suggests a strong opportunity to provide a new and alternative open public space within the dense fabric of the city through the future post-industrial transformation of the region.

Jury’s main expectations from the competitors, in this framework, is to design an open milieu for generating research and development, experiencing and experimenting space and design, sharing and transferring the universal design knowledge and conception through direct involvement of the public. The existing architectural heritage and the unique characteristics of the natural landscape within the site is to be a valuable ground for conceiving a vital environment for design and research.

The jury will be looking for creative solutions which are based on integrative, coherent and rich design proposals that will stimulate a new focal area accommodating a diverse set of activities and uses (i.e. recreation, retail and accommodation) in the service of the city and the region.

With this regard, the major concerns of the jury are;

  • Ensuring the integration of the project site with the city,
  • Creating a focal area to act as the generator of the future transformation,
  • Developing a sensitive approach to existing landscape context; site ecology, historical and cultural heritage,
  • Devising spatially open, publicly accessible and socially inclusive organization on the site.

It is believed that with their original program and content, the selected design schemes will suggest a pioneering model that inspires new and novel applications in different urban contexts.