“The Floating Docks”, which was designed as a proposal to diversify the use of coastlines of Turkey, became in second place at the “2014 World Cities Day Challenge” which was co-organized by UN-Habitat and The Guardian. The dock, which was designed by Gudjon Erlendsson, Can Sucuoğlu, and Elif Ensari, Lecturers at Izmir University of Economics-Department of Architecture and Ertunç Hünkar, Graduate of Izmir University of Economics-Department of Architecture, with the support of Izmir Chamber of Commerce, competed against 36 countries. Porto Alegre, Brazil became in first place, in third place, there was a three-way tie between Bogoto, Colombia, and London and Nottingham, England.
The floating docks project, which was introduced by Ekrem Demirtaş, President of IUE Board of Trustees, IUE Rector Prof. Dr. Oğuz Esen, Geza Dologh, President of the Assembly of Chamber of Marine Commerce, Members of IUE Board of Trustees, academicians and students at a ceremony that took place at Izmir, Pasaport Dock back in September, is being displayed at the 2nd Istanbul Design and Architecture Biennial. President Ekrem Demirtaş, who gave information about the challenge and exhibition, said, “The floating dock project, which first met with the audience in Izmir, is being displayed at the 2nd Istanbul Design and Architecture Biennial currently. The designers aimed to come up with alternatives based on the connection between the coastal cities of Turkey and the sea. IUE designers, once again, got their performances recognized internationally.”
‘Cheap, Fast, and Easy Dock’
Lecturer Gudjon Erlendsson stated that the dock attracted great attention while on display in Izmir. He said that they attended the “2014 World Cities Day Challenge” which was co-organized by UN-Habitat and The Guardian, and became in second place. Erlendsson stated the following:
"In developing countries such as Turkey, many of the planning and design decisions are given by higher authorities as directives. This approach brings along major projects that cannot be designed. We believe in working with totally contrast scales in design and city planning. Floating docks are cheaper, faster, and easier alternatives to designing public spaces. The project intends to diversify the use of coastlines by creating floating, exclusive spaces. One design from Istanbul and two from Izmir attended the challenge. We proudly represented Izmir, Turkey among competitors from 36 countries and got second place at the World Cities Day Challenge.”