VERTICAL CAMPUS: IZMIR SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN
THE URBAN RAMP-AGE
Placing a campus in a city’s downtown necessitates strong interactions with the surrounding urban environment. However, the site is located where connections start to diminish. Lack of connections being primarily a negative issue contains powerful potential within at the same time: The idea of “binding” the city. The project is shaped around this argument, that is, creating the horizontal bond that city requires near the given site: The aim is to bind disconnected lots in the urban environment both within themselves and the program with the help of the unfinished viaduct piers. In this sense, a vertical campus located on top of a horizontal bond needs a soft passage. Going vertical from horizontal with the binding understanding can be more gradual with ramps when focusing on architectural elements.The idea of the binding ramp offers an experimental rise for users, making the site and this newly re-binded part of city alive. Establishing connections within the urban tissue which contains the site with the aid of the ramp made the site much more exciting on both ground and above layers.