Since the beginning of the settlement, Kadıköy region, located in the eastern side of Istanbul, bearing the identity of a summer resort and especially Bağdat Avenue, from the end of the 1800s until today, has experienced four major periods of change which began with the traditional mensions and gave way to the high rise buildings. However, with the great urban transformation that has taken place in the last 10 years, today it came to the point of losing its original identity. This collective project aims to build a memory bridge for the lost identity of ‘sayfiye’ (‘summer resort’). We wish to bring together the people of the past and their stories as well as transformed streets, buildings and its essential colorful inhabitants with the contemporary world.
The project focuses on two basic necessities; initially, identification, recording and interpretation of the urban transformation that destroyed the identity of ‘sayfiye’ along the line of Bağdad Avenue – Kadiköy, besides this, audio-visual archiving of the heritage of the ‘sayfiye’ culture which still exists and needs to be preserved, as well as its components such as nature, human and production of human.
Destructive superiority of nature can not be discussed in the context of the relation between nature and production of human. However, it is also a fact that humans destroy their own productions in a way that is so crude and cruel that it can not be compared with nature.
In the age of consumption, the situation of the construction industry as being one of the main economic production fields in today's Turkey, can be signified with the high rise buildings that unconsciously reproduces the ‘kitch’ until getting to zero. Architects of the urban transformation equation, in other words the perpetrators, can be expressed by today's contractors as much as their interconnected extensions such as the banks, the media and the players locating in the background. And therefore, nowadays, the buildings in the district and the environmental plan that has been applied resulted with the displacement of intellectuality, identity and ethics. It finally identifies itself without an identity, impersonates a new and an undefiable space.
In this region, contrary to the situation in the past, differences between social classes can be easily observed today that they turn into a tool of spectacle. The planning of the region and the architecture, where the power of the capital shows itself in various forms, constitutes the critical focus of the project. As a result, the old, established residents of the district have become visitors today.