Gazhane, Kadikoy

Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Istanbul

local partners: Muze Gazhane

engagement: ~60 policy makers, local designers and pioneers with ~20 local residents through 2 play sessions

application period: April 2021 - ongoing

scale: Gazhane museum campus and Hasanpasa neighbourhood

Museum Gazhane is the new vital “public space” of Istanbul as a result of the transformation of the 130-year-old Hasanpaşa Gazhanesi with a long-term struggle and a versatile restoration project. It is one of the oldest industrial facilities in Istanbul and houses Turkey's first Climate Museum.


One of the steps Gazhane has taken in strengthening its position as the country's first climate adaptation platform is to re-evaluate the campus and its surroundings with the aim of reducing carbon footprint to zero.


For this purpose Gazhane asked the Play the City team [based in Amsterdam and Istanbul] to produce the Climate Game under the name "Climate Adaptive Gazhane". This interactive working method enables participants to think in an integral manner about water, transportation, green and energy issues together with urban spatial transformation. Its purpose is to support the realization of abstract climate adaptation visions and strategies made at the central and regional levels by identifying concrete projects to be implemented at the scale of the city and neighborhood.


Gazhane in Istanbul’s Kadikoy district is the first neighborhood to start translating the climate vision plans into local concrete actions. To serve the aim of making tangible plans, the "Climate Adaptive Gazhane” game was held in two sessions on October 22, 2021 in Istanbul. The outcomes of the game can be summarized under following five headlines:


Building-scale interventions

Participants brought suggestions at different scales, from the building scale to the street, from the neighborhood scale to the city. It is possible to deduce from the moves made by the players that building and street scale are significant in creating climate resistant spaces, and green facades, heat insulation, water cisterns and green roofs are seen as solutions.


Water

Rain water appears to carry unexplored potentials in a city like Istanbul, where there is constant shortage of water. We observe frequent proposal of water cisterns, water-friendly landscapes, rain gardens and water permeable surfaces in the game.


Green Spaces

The prominent conclusion from both sessions was that Hasanpasa neighborhood did not have enough public green space and that Gazhane and the IETT Garage could be used as a possible open green space.


Accessibility

It has become clear that Gazhane and its surroundings are poor in terms of accessibility and that it is necessary to strengthen the position of pedestrians and bicycles with Gazhane, starting from the Sögütlüçesme public transportation and transfer center along Kurbagalıdere Street.


Community

Players stressed that Hasanpasa Mahallesi is a socio-economically fragile neighborhood, there it is significant that the development of the game results are communicated seriously with residents, also with the goal of involving them further in decision making and implementation.



The game provided Gazhane and Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality with an action list for the implementations of the Museum Gazhane and Hasanpaşa neighborhoods:


Museum Gazhane actions

Building a drinking fountain at the entrance of Gazhane campus [free drinking water is a human right and a public dispenser is effective in reducing plastic bottle waste]

Constructing a water cistern in the Gazhane campus and considering it together with the irrigation systems on the campus

Ensuring the communication of climate compatible technical solutions with information boards for raising awareness in Gazhane campus

Water efficient landscaping within the Gazhane campus

Allocating playgrounds for children as a new user profile in Gazhane: such as a skateboard track or a sandbox: currently an integral playground is being designed for children to discover the entire campus of Gazhane instead of a corner singled out for children.


Hasanpaşa neighbourhood actions

Pedestrian and bicycle path along the Kurbağalıdere road

Accessibility of the line between Sögütlüçesme transportation and transfer center and Gazhane Hasanpasa

Remove the IETT Garage underground and could be used as a possible open green space with considering the housing areas holistically.

Planting orchards in schools

Green roofs and facades on buildings, starting around the Gazhane