Photography: Pınar Gediközer & Emre Dörter

Zümrütevler Square Interim Implementation

The first pilot-trial for an intersection conversion in Istanbul was held on 18 October 2019 at Zümrütevler Neighbourhood. 

The trial was performed with the aim of increasing pedestrian safety and encouraging slower traffic. For this end, roads were painted and sitting areas where children and caregivers can comfortably spend their time, and low-cost play furniture were designed. The project was coordinated by Maltepe Municipality Strategic Planning Director Bahadır Keşan, who is also a student at the Master of Arts in City and Children Studies program, and realized within the scope of Maltepe95 carried out by Maltepe Municipality and the Bernard van Leer Foundation, with consultancy from NACTO’s Global Designing Cities Initiative and in collaboration with Superpool.

Selva Gürdoğan, Gregers Tang Thomsen, Derya İyikul, Nicola Iavarone, Beyza Gürdoğan, Kaan Hiçyılmaz, Ege Sevinçli

Type: Urban Design
Size: 2,000 m2
Client: Bernard van Leer Foundation with Maltepe Municipality
Collaborators: NACTO - Global Designing Cities Initiative
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Status: Completed