IUE’S POWER OF DESIGN IN NARLIDERE
Izmir University of Economics (IUE) Faculty of Fine Arts and Design redesigned Güngören Street in Narlıdere. The project, after a yearlong study, was introduced by Ekrem Demirtaş, President of IUE Board of Trustees, Abdül Batur, Mayor of Narlıdere, and Prof. Dr. Can Muğan, Rector of IUE, at a meeting held at the Board of Trustees Meeting Hall. Güngören Street will go through series of renovations including signboards, exterior painting, curbs, lighting, and green areas. Narlıdere Municipality will put a building project out to tender in the beginning of 2017.
President Ekrem Demirtaş stated that they would be carrying the first collaboration with Narlıdere Municipality into effect, and that the proposal came from the Municipality itself. “The Street in question is located right behind Mithatpaşa Street, and it intersects with it. Güngören Street Rehabilitation Project was offered to us. And we proudly agreed to it. You are witnessing local administration-university collaboration. We offer the best quality education to our students. We are also serving the community,” said Demirtaş.
Mayor Batur reported that they met with the shopkeepers prior to the project and listened to their suggestions. Batur said, “In addition to street configuration, the building arrangement was done at the end of the project. We consulted Izmir University of Economics to keep the awnings at certain height. We are thinking about another renovation for the square next to the Güngören Street and in Mithatpaşa Street also in the coming months. And we plan on doing these with the University as well.”
Prof. Dr. Ender Yazgan Bulgun, Dean of IUE Faculty of Fine Arts and Design, who gave information about the project, said that they have been working on the project for one year as a team of 10 which consisted members from Departments of Architecture, Visual Communication Design, and Industrial Design. Prof. Dr. Bulgun stated the following:
“The project involves road, pedestrian arrangements, new curbs, lighting, signboards, exterior designs, and color integrity. We’ve taken many trips to the street to analyze the position of the light, to ensure comfortable roads for pedestrians and disabled citizens. We’ve also designed different exhibition units and landscaping for stores.”
What is Güngören Street Project?
. Pedestrian safety will be given priority.
. Accessible walkways will be built.
. Vehicle traffic and parking will be organized.
. Wooden outdoor furniture will be used.
. Signboards will be redesigned to look less complicated and crowded.
. Exterior walls will be painted with matching pastel colors.
. Signboards, awnings will have similar designs and fonts.
. Granite will be used in the street to get a lively look.
. Outdoor furniture will include two way wooden benches.
. Benches will include flower beds and lighting.
. A green area with lighting will be designed for the entry and exit of the street.
. 1.2 meter space will be left for stores in pedestrian area.