From vacant offices to affordable housing in Istanbul

with Ayşe Zeynep Aydemir

12 Jun 2024 | Urban Planning

The pandemic's shift to remote work has left many Istanbul office buildings vacant, particularly in the expensive city center where affordable housing is scarce. In this episode, Zeynep Aydemir (MEF University, Turkey) explores a project where architecture students reimagined a vacant high-rise, the Tat Towers, as residential units. We show how projects of this nature can tackle housing shortages while offering valuable lessons in sustainable design for future architects.

Episode based on the article

Adaptive Reuse of High-Rise Buildings for Housing: A Study of Istanbul Central Business District
By Ayşe Zeynep Aydemir and Tomris Akın
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About the Speaker

Ayşe Zeynep Aydemir is an architect and assistant professor of architecture at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, MEF University, Turkey. Her research focuses on new pedagogies and new practices, architectural design research, and co-creation in architecture.