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. AIM OF THE COMPETITION On the basis of the creative nature of architecture, spatial design and planning, the competition aims to meet the rich knowledge and experiment of space and design with different parties including citizens, professionals and students within an active recreational park. To be in the service of a large number of design schools in its region, Bandirma Park is aimed to have a strong functional programme that responds to the actual necessity of Bandirma lacking a vital recreational area to enrich the everyday life in the city. TYPE AND FORMAT The competition is an open call international single stage urban design competition. PARTICIPATION This competition is open to the participation of architects, city planners and landscape architects. The competition jury recommends composition of the teams by different disciplines. As per Turkish regulations, at least one architect must take part in each team. LANGUAGE The official language of the competition is English. This means all texts (headings, labels, legends, etc.) to appear on the submissions, the documents to be provided alongside the boards, and all official documents for registration, the questions addressed to the organisers should be in English. The available documents and organisation’s answers will also be in English. PRIZES 1st prize 360.000 TRY (100.000 €) 2nd prize 250.000 TRY (70.000 €) 3rd prize 145.000 TRY (40.000 €) Seven Honorable Mentions (from 1st to 7th) 70.000 TRY (20.000 €) each Following the notification of the results, the prizes and mentions above will be paid to winners within 30 days at the latest. There will be no tax cut in the above mentioned amounts.