Urban Architecture:

2005

The 2005 Aydın Doğan Award was given in Urban Architecture, Urban Fabric, and the "Reorganization Project for İzmir Konak Square and Vicinity" and “Improvement Project for Kastamonu Historical Urban Fabric” were deemed worthy of the award. The reason behind the decision was that Konak Square, that has long been the key historical and social focus of Izmir’s urban and marine identity, could be reintroduced to the urban landscape in accordance with the existing urban fabric and city planning needs after a long period of indecision. Moreover, the project and application were executed as a modern urban design service in accordance with urban planning regulations, and since completion of the project the public has used the newly organized space intensely and enthusiastically.
In Kastamonu, a reunion of present and a multidimensional past was made possible through direct use of local resources and the partnership of private and public institutions under public direction. The fact that many old mansions were restored and reclaimed for urban and public life, that other cultural elements of the city on the brink of disappearing were revived, that a cultural centre was established for the first time in the name of an architect (Vedat Tek, the project owner of Kastamonu Government Mansion), and that all of these were realized with the cooperation of related city institutions complies with the aim of the Aydın Doğan Award.
The selection committee for 2005’s Aydın Doğan Award included Burhan Doğançay, Oktay Ekinci, Dr. Doğan Hasol, Doğan Hızlan, Faruk Malhan, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Süha Özkan, Prof. Dr. Haluk Pamir, Prof. Dr. Metin Sözen, Murat Tabanlıoğlu, İstemihan Talay and Prof. Dr. İlhan Tekeli.