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Portfolio Burak Sancakdar Selected Works 2018

Architecture + Urbanism + Communication Design

Resume Burak Sancakdar Architecture + Urbanism + Communication Design Hello! I am currently pursuing my graduate degree at MSc Design and Urban Ecologies Program at The New School-Parsons School of Design. My skillset pertains to participatory design strategies for community-driven urbanism, complex data visualization and cartographic analysis outside of architecure and design. +1 201 742 39 48 New York, USA

Education The New School 2016-2018 Parsons School for Design MSc - Design & Urban Ecologies Provost’s Scholarship University Scholarship

Exhibitions & Competititons Venice Biennale of 15th 2016 International Architecture Exhibition George Pompidou Center 2018 Places in Relation Exhibiton Center for NYC Affairs: 2017 Reimagining NYC

Prized Solution Competition Finalist

Bronx Art Space


State Property Exhibit

Viewpoints: Migration, Displacement and Mobility


Community Bored EHNP

Istanbul Bilgi University 2010-2015 BArch - Architecture Honors Degree

Istanbul Bilgi University


Material Structures


Turkish Pavilion Sunset Park Gazette

Work Experience

Brussels Capital University 3D Visualization

Autodesk AutoCAD

The Municipal Art Society of New York


Urban Planning Intern

Adobe Photoshop Adobe Illustrator

Healthy Materials Lab


Graduate Research Associate

Adobe InDesign

Parsons School for Design BFA Architecture


Teaching Assistant Architecture Studio V

ArchiCAD Rhinoceros Sketch-Up QGIS


Autodesk 3ds Max

TEGET Architecture

2015 -2016

TEGET Architecture



CINICI Architects



Publications & Research metroLab Brussels Belgium CUARTO Magazine Architectural Playground Spain ISCTE Lisbon Urbanism Center Portugal


In/Out: Designing Urban Inclusion Issue 3: Visible Disrupting the Archetype Lisbon Civic Forum: Doca de Santos

CartoDM MapBox Microsoft Office 365 Volunteer Experience Incarcerated Nation Corp. Bronx, NY - Volunteer


Poi Art Studio Istanbul - Instructor


Surf School Istanbul Istanbul - Instructor Language Skills Turkish Fluent English



Darzana: Two Arsenals One Vessel La Biennale di Venezzia Venice - Italy TEGET Architects Caner Bilgin Architects ZKLD Studio

UKKSA Art Center Datca - Turkey TEGET Architects

In/Out Designing Urban Inclusion Brussels - Belgium European Regional Development Fund ShefďŹ eld University (UK) 4 Cities Program (BLG) IUAV (ITL) The New School (USA)

IntraBlock - Sunset Park New York - U.S.A Voces Ciudadanas Friends of Sunset Park DUE Studio I 2017

Lisbon Civic Forum: Doca de Santos Lisbon - Portugal ISCTE - IUL Lisbon Center for Urban Information

East Harlem Neighborhood Plan Community Bored Video Game New York - U.S.A EHNP Partners DUE Studio I 2017

IMC: Linked Istanbul - Turkey Istanbul Bilgi University Studio IV

Tectonics of Material Istanbul - Turkey Istanbul Bilgi University Studio II

Cartographic Analysis and Co-Designing in South Bronx New York - USA DUE Studio IV Andrew Freedman Home Healthy Materials Lab

Professional Work

Darzana: Two Arsenals One Vessel La Biennale di Venezzia Venice - Italy Central to the concept behind Darzana is the emphasis on frontier infringement and on hybridity. Challenging the increasing confinement within borders of religion, language, race, nationality, ethnicity and gender, the common cultural and architectural heritage shared between the arsenals of Istanbul and Venice is highlighted. For the Biennale Architectura 2016, a last vessel, a bastardo has been constructed out of abandoned materials found in the old dockyard in Istanbul and transported to Venice to suggest a new connection in the Mediterranean.

Exhibited In : IKSV Soft Opening 2016 Venice Architectural Biennale 2016 Istanbul Modern 2017 Text and Imagery:

Bastardo in Istanbul Modern Museum, 2017

Bastardo in Venice Architectural Biennale, 2016

Professional Work

UKKSA Art Center Datca - Turkey Located on the peninsula I grew in, UKKSA Art Center aims to combine the vernacular techniques of construction in the Mediterranean Region of Turkey and contemporary architectural techniques in order to escape limiting facade compositions of stone walls. Build for an arts nonprofit organization in Datca, the project creates a space for artists to stay during their residencies and engage with the traditional village lifestyle while producing their work of art. UKKSA Art Center consists 3 different components for accommodation and workshops. The units are supported with a semi-private courtyard and open-air terraces. The circulation scheme also allows the local residents to engage with the artwork in the complex. Link:

First Phase

Second Phase

+0.20 Floor Plan

Physical Model

Research & Competition

In/Out Designing Urban Inclusion Brussels - Belgium The European Regional Development Fund Project for Abbey in Brussels, brought various architects, urbanists and social scientists together in order to interrogate the municipality’s plan to transform this religious space into a cultural center. Considering the wide array of concepts encompassed in this term, we decided to utilize a broader pluralist understanding, where cultural space focuses on meeting current human needs without compromising the ability of several groups, each with their own values, lifestyle and activities, to meet their own needs and feel welcome in a common space of meeting. This process led us to transform the initial proposition of a cultural center in a broader common public space, building interaction between different users. In order to produce this collaborative abbey, we propose, a design plan tackling two main elements. Published in: metroLab Brussels 2018 Link:

Firstly, we devised a civic collaboration policy that would create a space where needs and opinions could be brought, discussed and mediated. Secondly, we came up with a physical model based on flexibility in spatial and temporal terms.

Situation 1

Situation 2

Situation 3

Underutilized Opportunities

ERDF Proposal Conventional concept of a Cultural Center with rigid social uses.

Expected Co-Existance Designing a socio-spatial platform to produce an inclusive participatory design process

. Scattered potential opportunities


. Lack of networking between the existing organizations. . Lack of recognition of diversity.

plan ignores complexity and . The diversity of the location where it’s

for a greater social inclusion.


. Danger of excluding a proportion of population.

. Improve intersections and

exchanges over time in order to embrace complexity.

. Promote inclusive diversity while

celebrating the heritage of the site.



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ERDF Plan + intervention



For the actors of the municipality who are in charge of the ERDF project, the notion of culture is mostly related to history, heritage and context. There is a tension between this conception of history and heritage with the idea of achieving a diverse society. The ERDF plan presents culture as a third place next to house and work.

cultural uses

cultural production

The proposal advocates that it is important to have a broader understanding of what is culture in order to build hospitable and inclusive space. A cultural space should focus on meeting current human needs without compromising the ability of several groups with their own values, lifestyle and activities to meet their unique needs and to feel welcome in a space where they could interact with each other and debate.

Re-programming of Abbaye with the minimum intervention to the historical building.

Research & Competition

intraBlock-Sunset Park New York - U.S.A Overcrowding in Sunset Park schools has been a long-standing issue and is now at an all time high. 8 out of 10 of Sunset Park’s elementary schools are overcrowded, operating at up to 165% intended capacity. These schools have been forced to abandon or cut back enrichment programs and their respective facilities to make room for classroom space, producing sub-standard educational environments. intraBlock works around the temporal issue facing an overburdened school system in Sunset Park by providing immediate, low cost, and community sourced solutions to support overcrowded schools. Through neighborhood level partnerships between school administrations, community property owners, and local stakeholders, intraBlock provides support to overcrowded schools with temporary and flexible spaces for educational and community use.

Exhibited In: Places in Relation George Pompidou Center Paris Center for NYC Affairs: Prized Solution Competition Finalist Link:

In addition to allowing schools to use their facilities as designed, intraBlock will serve as a community education tool through the establishment of apprentice programs. Strengthening relationships across the community, intraBlock partnerships, planning, construction, and site management will be opportunities for on the job training for local business and trade programs. Using the block of PS 94 The Henry Longfellow as a pilot project, this project develops a framework to alleviate overcrowding that can be applied to other overburdened schools.

The research and proposals turned into a neighborhood gazette, translated into Chinese and Spanish which are the dominant languages in the neighborhood, then distributed through our neighborhood partners in schools and neighborhood meetings.









Determine distance with which to evaluate potential sites

Work with lot owners to develop a mutually partnerships

Identify nearby lots with

Identify local labor and materials partners to build intraBlock units

needs Identify lot owners and their status (community member,



Partner with local construction companies and trade schools to establish an apprenticeship program

A section from the 5-year intraBlock Project Phases.




During the day, intraBlock units will provide classroom space so that enrichment facilities like art rooms and gymnasiums can remain in use. In the evenings and on weekends, the space will serve the community as an event, market or adult education space.

Exhibition in Pompidou Center - Paris Ruedi Baur - Places in Relation

Research & Competition

Lisbon Civic Forum: Doca de Santos Lisbon-Portugal In contrast to designing the Architecture, or hardware, of cities, designing for Urbanity infers specific design skills and research techniques to account for changing and changeable datasets (consisting of both variables and functions), such as those of time-dependent architectural programs, top-down urban manifests with integrated bottom-up resistance, and patterns of discrete and collective behaviors and preferences. The form and performance of the informational-social complex of public spaces, or forums, comprise just such a dataset. The proposal developed its methodologies through the case studies and fieldwork in Lisbon in order to re-contextualize Lisbon’s architectural and design problems in terms of urban hardware and software, or Architecture and Urbanity.

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In sum, the challenge for our team was to utilize the data and the site in order to create a platform for underserved neighborhoods which are exposed to rapid displacement while re-thinking the Smart City models that are becoming more common in urban environments.

Diagram for explaining project brief: Lisbon Municipality to invest its Smart City investment not only to the waterfront communities, but also the underserved neighborhoods.

Existing Taxi Pick-Up Volume Analysis and Proposal to De-Centralize the Pick-Up Points

Prototype for Marvila Neighborhood Center

Research & Competition

East Harlem Neighborhood Plan and Community Bored Video Game New York - U.S.A After a semester of intensive research and seminars with actors from the East Harlem Neighborhood Plan, we developed with the idea to have an alternative medium to explain the dynamics of the Neighborhood Plan. The board game and the video game are a experimental formats for outlining the complexity of New York City’s process with the East Harlem Neighborhood Plan. Let’s Make a Plan! is a board game that mimics and renders the hierarchies and the issues in the participation process of the East Harlem Neighborhood Plan. The board game is designed in a way to demonstrate the level of participation of each group at each phase.

Exhibited In: Viewpoints: Migration, Displacement and Mobility Exhibition at Social Justice Center - The New School

Community Bored is a short web-based game that places users in the position of a translator at an El Barrio community meeting in East Harlem. Since the meetings are held in English, interpretation becomes a crucial element for organizing and mobilizing the residents.

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-The game is divided to 5 teams. Purple, red, yellow and green. -There are a total of 8 rounds. -Each round has 1 individual challenge noted on the card of the corresponding color. -A scenario below will determine a time limit to respond. -A single point is given for every answer. -Cards must not be shared with other colors. -Your goal is to figure out who you are in the East Harlem Neighborhood Plan Process: Corporate Stakeholder, Independent Resident, Community Groups, Local Government and City Agencies.

A view of the boardgame being played.

Screenshot from the Community Bored video Game. You can download it from here:

Academic Work

IMC: Linked Istanbul-Turkey The concept of the IV. year’s Fall Studio in Istanbul Bilgi University-BArch Architecture Program, was to propose a design which would regenerate the Istanbul Manifaturacilar Carsisi (IMC) building, which is one of the most iconic examples of experimental Turkish Modernist Architecture. Due to mass urban renewal in neighborhoods like Fatih District, IMC, what used to be the heart of Modern Turkish Republic and the trade center of Istanbul is now almost left to corrode. Ataturk Boulevard or the peripheral borders of IMC Complex, cuts through the Fatih neighborhood from the middle and divides the physical distribution of infrastructure which leads to a socio-economic segregation in between the two sites. The aim of the project is to turn IMC into a hub for the community, an urban meeting point for people who are sharing the same city, yet not aware of each other.

Ground Floor Plan

+15.50 Floor Plan

North East View and Section

Render from Inner Courtyard

Academic Work

Tectonics of Material Istanbul - Turkey The project aimed to test the durability and sustainability of a structural system which students were expected to design. The outcomes of material research, shaped the design. Guided by the material’s unique aspects, a modular structure was designed and built on 1:1 Scale. After testing various types of wood and composite materials for a semester, horn beam was chosen as the most affordable and durable wood. The timber was chosen measured, and processed by the students. In total, 537 pieces in different lenghts shaped the Pavilion and was exhibited for 6 months in SantralIstanbul Campus.

1:1 Model

Thesis Project -On Going-

Where we are .

Where we want to be.


Extracting Urbanism


Urban Intermediaries

Cartographic Analysis and Co-Designing in South Bronx New York - USA As public spaces have become inaccessible or dangerous due to policing and social and economic barriers, spaces and resources dedicated to the needs of young adults have become critical. As my Graduate Thesis Project, I am partnering with grassroots organizations and non-profits located in South Bronx, to co-design a space for young-adults, in Andrew Freedman Home, a historical building that is owned by a non-profit organization. After series of community workshops and cartographic analysis of the neighborhood’s socio-cultural, physical and economic structure through GIS and other Open Data resources, we were able to designate demographics that has the least access to socio-cultural infrastructure in South Bronx. In order to further ensure the space is serving the actual needs of its users, me and my community partners are proposing to develop a participatory design process to collaboratively revitalize an available room in the Andrew Freedman Home, to our stakeholders.

Series of static and online interactive maps I produced in order to visualizethe accessibility to infrastructure in South Bronx, the historical progression of the urban policies and neighborhood land-use to analyze neighborhood’st characteristics.

Static version of Stop and Frisk Incident Map. Data is filtered by race, age and gender. Link for Interactive Map: 2-e255c8a740d8/embed data: NYPD 2015-2016 DataSet

Floor 4 Vacant - Not Available Floor 3 INC Nation Designing the WE Mid-Bronx Senior Citizen AFH Manager’s OfďŹ ce Cufa Bronx Artist Residencies Mid-Bronx Youth & Workforce Development Floor 2 Exhibition Space 1 Exhibition Space 2 Library Event Hall Bar Kitchen Mid-Bronx After School Enrichment Program Floor 1 Mid-Bronx Day Care Center

Current programing in the Andrew Freedman Home, where our community partners based and where we want to bring our participatory design project to renovate a vacant room with the youth, as a youth hub.

Thank you for your time. Please contact me if you would like to see more of my work.

Burak Sancakdar Portfolio  
Burak Sancakdar Portfolio  

Architecture - Urbanism - Communication Design