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THOMPSON N G U Y E N B.A.S. DESIGN SELECTED WORKS 2014


IN ORDER TO UNDERSTAND AN ANCIENT CIVILIZATION’S VALUES, WE LOOK AT WHAT THEY DESIGNED IN THE PAST AND HOW THEY DID IT. FRAGMENTS OF THEIR KNOWLEDGE AND IDEAS TRANSFER INTO THE OBJECTS, BUILDINGS AND SYSTEMS THEY CREATED.

DESIGN HAS THE POWER TO TEACH, HEAL, AND CONNECT HUMANS ACROSS DISTANCES, LANGUAGES AND TIME ERAS. TOGETHER WE ARE CONNECTED THROUGH OBJECTS, TOOLS, SPACES, ARCHITECTURE AND EXPERIENCES CRAFTED BY OUR ANCESTORS.

DESIGN IS BOTH VERY HUMAN AND SOCIAL. THIS IS WHAT FASCINATES ME ABOUT THE PROFESSION. THIS IS WHY DESIGN MATTERS.


RESUME PORTFOLIO 1. THE TIDE ON BANK - TOWERS 2. BLUES INSTITUTE AT 31 STORIES 3. HONEYCOMB - CCA CHARRETTE 4. BABA YAGA 5. ISTANBUL YOGA AND WELLNESS CENTRE 6. WHERE IS CHANGE? 7.THE NATIONAL BATH HOUSE 8. DINNER SERVED / RSVP 9. BUILT WORKS 10. GRAPHIC DESIGN

CONTACT INFO


THOMPSON NGUYEN AWARDS

EDUCATION

• Canadian Centre for Architecture Charrette 2014 Interuniversity Prize winner : 2nd Place - ‘HONEYCOMB | ECONOMY OF KNOWLEDGE’

Bachelor of Architectural Studies, B.A.S. Design

• Selected works published in Building 22 (school wide publication): • “Water Room” [2010] , “Where is Change?” [2011], “Institute for the Unfinished” [2012], “Istanbul Yoga Studio” [2012]

Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada [2009-2014] • Graduated with Distinction, Co-op, and Study Abroad

• Directed Studies Abroad trip in Beijing & Shanghai in China [February 2014] • Dean’s Honour List [2009-2014]

International Exchange Student Program

Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey February 2012 to June 2012 • Completed a semester abroad in Istanbul, Turkey

TECHNICAL SKILLS Fluency in the following software: Autodesk Revit AutoCAD Adobe Illustrator Photoshop InDesign Dreamweaver HTML/CSS PHP

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Thompson Nguyen is a Canadian designer with a proactive and diligent attitude towards every task at hand. Raised in the Toronto suburbs, he was an engaged student leader at the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism at Carleton University in Ottawa and is dedicated to merging Toronto’s social, cultural and hard services by contributing to good city building.

WORK HISTORY Turner Fleischer Architects Inc. Junior Architectural Technologist

August 2012 to August 2013 • Completed and revised permit and tender packages in AutoCAD and Revit for over 15 commercial/retail projects across Canada • Issued and approved revised shop drawings, change orders, site instructions and other communication documents during construction and contract administration phases for various retail projects

ACE Services Group Inc. In-house Graphic Designer

June 2011 to August 2011 • Designed and implemented web and print media for the company, including full Wordpress webpages, brochures and portfolio packages

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE • Azrieli Architecture Students Assocation - Vice President [20112012], Four th Year Representative [2013-2014] • Canadian Architecture Representative [2011]

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• Makeshift 22 - Interdisciplinary Workshops Coordinator [2012] • Food Forward - Designer for various campaigns & initiatives [2014]

LANGUAGES

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English, Vietnamese, French

Theatre, Writing, Urbanism

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Birds eye view of entire development The Tide Towers & Flats (along Bank) and The Tide Townhomes (along Riverdale) (Urban design phase developed with KF)

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Below: Bank Street Elevation, Courtyard Elevation Bottom left: Corridor elevation Bottom right: Courtyard night view

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Construction assemblies and details; This project integrates Cross-laminated timber construction in both the towers and flats. The retail level uses reinforced concrete construction.

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Below: Second Floor Plan, Units with Local Goods Market and new grocery store space for local business (Cedar’s Foods) Typical floor plan of two bedroom unit

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Cyril Leeder Prize in Urban Design Finalist 2013 - ‘The Tide on Bank’ Branding and Development

old ottawa south: notjust for yuppies. the tide on bank

alternative affordable riverside living


Below: Third Floor Plan, Units for Flats and Tower Typical floor plan of shared bachelor units

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THE BLUES INSTITUTE OF THE UNFINISHED DESIGN STUDIO 5 | FALL 2011

The Blues Institute is designed to be constructed in three phases as a means to support and coexist with the historic First Baptist Church in downtown Ottawa. Time is a key design factor to consider with new interventions that impacts historic buildings in our nation’s capital. The Blues Institute evolves from the east ribs of the First Baptist Church up to the sky on Elgin Street and Laurier Avenue. Sitting in the transition zone between Ottawa’s Centretown, the National Arts Centre and the downtown core, the Blues Institute serves as an artistic hub that merges commercial, residential, and institutional programs at 93m high, expanding both the blues and the church.

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This project explores how considering time in the development of a high-rise mixeduse project could impact and add value to a historic site. Over time,The Blues Institute continually evolves as a working structure.

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Project featured in ‘Building 22 Edition 12’ - School publication [2012] Below - Concept Model and Perspective View

As the Blues Institute expands, so does the First Baptist Church. Each institution provides spaces that can be used for each other; Performance and rehearsal spaces in the church can be shared with blues students and performers and vice versa.

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Below - Section Through Baptist Church & Blues Institute, Interior and tower views Throughout construction, a connection back to the First Baptist Church is valued.

Smoker’s Rooftop Garden

Galleria space, connecting the Baptist Church and the Blues Institute

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University of Ottawa campus Rideau Centre Mackenzie King Bridge TRANSIT Confederation Park / National Arts Centre Nature Museum Carleton University Campus

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Ottawa Train Station Billings Bridge Algonquin College Campus Airport

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Museum of Civilization National Art Gallery Canal locks Arboretum

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War Museum Bronson McDonalds Raw Sugar - Chinatown Hintonburger

BOARD ANY TRANSIT VEHICLE WITH YOUR HONEYCOMB TRANSIT PASS. GRAB A USBee TO RECEIVE DAILY INFO AND TRIVIA QUESTIONS

TAKE/INSERT USBee AFTER ANSWERING THE TRIVIA QUESTIONS. IF ANSWERED Map of Ottawa (2014) highlighting majorCORRECTLY, educational hubsYOU ARE GRANTED A FREE RIDE & POINTS FOR YOUR ‘HOOD!

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ISTANBUL YOGA AND WELLNESS CENTRE EXCHANGE STUDIO 5 | WINTER 2012

Featured in ‘Building 22 Edition 12’ [2012]

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Site Plan - The Centre digs into the southern half of an abandoned roundabout on the intersection of Büyükdere Cd and the Trans European Motorway.

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Istanbul, known as the city without limits, is a chaotic metropolis growing at an exponential rate. The Yoga and Wellness Centre proposes an urban intervention at a key intersection on one of the cities’ major transit spines, Büyükdere Cadessi.

Reclaiming an unused piece of infrastructure, the centre serves as a cocoon amidst the chaos of the city for the exploration and reconnection of one’s body and spirit.

Sectional Perspective Floor -1: Lobby, Daycare, Administration, Floor -2: Yoga Studio 1 & 2, Change Room, Floor -3: Swimming pool, Turkish Bath, Change Room, Granda Yoga Studio, Floor -4: Parking

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MARIONETTE THEATRE DESIGN STUDIO 5 | FALL 2011

Third year design-build project. Lead as Project Manager, managed materials, finances and rehearsals. Also co-designed the Baba Yaga marionette.

Baba Yaga and the set, performed November 2011

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WHERE IS CHANGE? SIX MEMBERS OF THE CACB (CANADIAN ACCREDITATION CERTIFICATION BOARD) CAME TO VISIT OUR SCHOOL LAST MARCH.

AASA STUDENT GROUP | FALL 2011

A campaign to discuss the direction of the architecture school lead by students. Organized open forums, created an infographic and forumlated meetings and reports with the faculty.

IN ORDER TO BE APPROVED FOR ACCREDITATION, SCHOOLS OF ARCHITECTURE MUST UNDERGO A VISIT FROM THE CACB TEAM EVERY SIX YEARS. MARCH 2011

IN SOME ASPECTS OF OUR SCHOOL, WE WERE PRAISED AND GIVEN MANY COMPLIMENTS ON OUR CURRICULUM AND STUDENT WORK. BUT THERE IS STILL A LONG WAY TO GO.

WITHIN THEIR REPORT, THEY OUTLINED A LIST OF CONCERNS AND RECOMMENDATIONS. AS STUDENTS OF THIS SCHOOL, WE HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW IF THE QUALITY OF EDUCATION WE ARE RECEIVING IS ACHIEVING THESE STANDARDS. HERE IS WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY:

Carleton University Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism Visiting Team Report March 12-16, 2011 Causes of Concern and Team’s recommendations

As noted in the introductor y remarks, the School is obser ved at a transitional and arguably formative moment. Apart from furthering allied academic ambitions, the preoccupation with new academic programs appears to have displaced due attention from full and ongoing review of the 4+2 professional stream. Notwithstanding the enabling of significant resources that accrue from these new programs, the team observes a number of rather specific concerns that remain outstanding.

SIX MEMBERS OF THE CACB (CANADIAN ACCREDITATION CERTIFICATION BOARD) CAME TO VISIT OUR SCHOOL LAST MARCH.

ORIGINAL TEXT: 1. Continuity of Undergraduate and Graduate components of the professional program While the team observed significant renewal of the MArch component of the professional stream, the BAS component appeared to have observed very little change over the course of the past cycle of accreditation visits. It is essential that the program observe the professional stream as a whole curriculum.

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IN ORDER TO BE APPROVED FOR ACCREDITATION, SCHOOLS OF ARCHITECTURE MUST UNDERGO A VISIT FROM THE CACB TEAM EVERY SIX YEARS. MARCH 2011

IN SOME ASPECTS OF OUR SCHOOL, WE WERE PRAISED AND GIVEN MANY COMPLIMENTS ON OUR CURRICULUM AND STUDENT WORK. BUT THERE IS STILL A LONG WAY TO GO.

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By this, we understand that the accreditation team has noticed a considerable level of improvement and change in the MArch (Graduate) program within the school. Meanwhile, the accreditation team has also noticed that the undergraduate program has seen very little, if not any, progress over a course of time which they define as "the past cycle of accreditation visits".

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WITHIN THEIR REPORT, THEY OUTLINED A LIST OF CONCERNS AND RECOMMENDATIONS. AS STUDENTS OF THIS SCHOOL, WE HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW IF THE QUALITY OF EDUCATION WE ARE RECEIVING IS ACHIEVING THESE STANDARDS. HERE IS WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY:

x2 or more without significant change

As accreditation visits occur every 6 years, it is safe to assume that such a period of time must be describing a minimum of 12 years.

Carleton University Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism Visiting Team Report March 12-16, 2011

The Masters and Bachelor programs must therefore demonstrate an ability to operate with a sense of cohesion, as a whole. This entails that both programs should correspond to one other in a style which speaks the same language.

Causes of Concern and Team’s recommendations

ORIGINAL TEXT:

As noted in the introductory remarks, the School is obser ved at a transitional and

arguably formative moment. Apart from furthering allied academic ambitions, the 2. Technical component of preoccupation with new academic programs appears to have displaced due attention professional curriculum

from full and ongoing review of the 4+2 professional stream. Notwithstanding the enabling of significant resources that accrue from these new programs, the team observes a number of rather specific concerns that remain outstanding.

The delivery of technical aspects of the professional curriculum is at present in a state of considerable disarray - characterized by a somewhat confounding confluence of areas of excellence and those of complete neglect. Given the extraordinary developments in technical and professional realms recently, any degree of neglect can only compromise the ability of graduates to contribute to future professional roles and should be immediately reviewed. More specifically, the expertise of recent hires - with their consistent emphasis on the School’s expanded academic needs - speaks to an ethos in which these curricular components are not being given the specific attention that is their due.

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TRANSLATION: We understand that the undergraduate student body has shown a degree of polarity in knowledge and expertise regarding technical aspects of the program.

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THE NATIONAL HOUSE STUDIO 7 - WINTER 2014

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BATH

Series of layered drawings and models produced by collaging of canary trace, strathmore and plotter paper, card stock, and 4 years of drawing materials.


The National Bath House is a series of stage sets that fracture, reflect and diffuse the National Arts Centres’s social and political relationships through urban and architectural interventions. Through three different bathing performances imbricated into the building, politicians, performers and publics interact and produce new spaces that challenge psychological and physical thresholds, especially those one may hold at a national performing arts institution. Boundaries between spectacle and audience, opacity and transparency, cleanliness and deviance, and private and public are distorted through the architectonics of distinct bathing experiences.

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DINNER SERVED / RSVP (MOUNTED ON 01.31.2014) STUDIO 7 - WINTER 2014

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This work translates the turmultuous governance and funding history of the National Arts Centre into an opulent gala dinner party mounted on display at the Axeneo7 gallery in Gatineau. (Collectively created with AG and GK)

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NESPRESSO TORONTO Turner Fleischer Architects Inc.

DD PHASE IN OCTOBER 2012 OPENED NOVEMBER 2013

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Renderings by Parisotto + Formenton; Photographs and drawings (c) Turner Fleischer Architects Inc.


Involved in design development, bidding, contract and construction administration for the first large flagship Nespresso in Toronto, ON. Coordinated with local and international clients and consultants.

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GRAPHIC DESIGN WORKS VARIOUS DATES, 2013-2014

Left: Building Roots Poster for Food Forward Top right: Design Economics branding for housing development Bottom right:Various academic papers laid out on urban public spaces

pushfoodforward.com fb.com/groups/foodfoward poster by thompson nguyen

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the urban ground of the city. (Siena Online) The building edges are interrupted by the paths of the city that radiate from the piazza. 11 different narrow pedestrian pathways run from the piazza to the different neighbourhood districts of Siena.  7KHSLD]]DLVDPDMRU urban node to the fabric of Italian cities (Fusch). As it the central and integral space of Siena, it is designed with great prominence. The typical fabric of the Siena is its low rise housing seen in Figure 3. The irregularity of the orientation of these

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also shown in the planning of the site, as the slope of the converging nine strips of travertine travel down to a drainage point (ItalyGuides) (Figure 4). As a low point to the hilltop districts, the piazza acts as a valley to the landscape of the city where people and elements are collected.

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Origins and Functions

Taksim (distribution) meydani (square) was originally a point where the main water lines from northern Istanbul were collected and branched off to other parts of the city through an infrastructure of aqueducts and dams

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Le Parc Monceau

Once a parcel of land owned by the Duke of Chartres (a cousin of Louis XVI) in 1789, the French landscape architect Carmontelle was commissioned to create what was soon to be Parc Monceau. Carmontelle suggested in designing this park in the style of an English picturesque garden. This being one of the first English style gardens as a green space in Paris, it was an unusual and new proposal for the state. However, Carmontelle’s twist on the park was ultimately made complete with the use of follies that borrowed historic styles and symbols from cultures and time periods

After monarchy was set in place once again and the Duke restored control over the park, the property was severed in parcels for real estate investments and the rest sold back to the city of Paris. The final extents of the Parc Monceau was reclaimed by the city in 1860 with 20 hectares of the site allocated for public use during Haussmann’s renovation of Paris’ city centre with Haussmann and Adolphe Alphand as the key planners (Fondation NapolÊon).

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Taksim Square is the node that distributes the city into different paths it intersects. Major paths around the square are Cumhuriyet Caddesi (â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Avenue of the Republicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;), Siraselviler Cadessi, Inonu Caddessi, Talabasi Blvd, and most importantly Istiklal Caddesi (Liberty Street). Istiklal Cd is the main commercial street of Beyoglu and is one of the longest pedestrian city streets in the world. (See Figure 6) Taksim Square is where people have congregated together for political, economic, and social reasons and that has been articulated in its history and architecture (Baykan). Because of this, Taksim is made up of very informal and waving paths that bleed into the major streets that were aforementioned. Taksim Square is an important meeting point for political processions. Seen in figure 3, this map shows the procession from smaller meydans in the city to Taksim Square in a major political protest in 1977 known as May Day, which redefined the republic square as a space for civic empowerment (Baykan). Taksim Square is also a major transportation hub integrated into the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s extensive transit system. From Taksim, one can take the metro, the light rail train, various city buses, and airport shuttle buses. Also circulating in the square is a density of taxi cabs and informal taxi buses one can take to different districts. Paths from Taksim Square are not just the intersecting physical streets but also routes in various transit services one could take (see Figure 4).

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Taksim Square features the monument of Ataturk, the leader of the new republic of Turkey that lead the cultural revolution and the War of Independence. (Baykan) He stands proud with other key political figures and comrades in this period piece. The statue was created by an Italian sculptor and marks the beginning of a new secular state after the fall of the Ottoman empire. Tourists, in and out of Turkey, visit this monument and are reminded of a nationalistic view of the country that Turkish people are very proud of. Other key landmarks include the Ataturk Cultural Centre, the Hilton Hotel (designed by Skidmore Owings and Merill) Gezi Park, and Istiklal Caddesi (Figure 5).

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As many public parks had done to great city neighbourhoods, Parc Monceau brought a great deal of real estate value to the neighbourhood when it was â&#x20AC;&#x153;inaugurated on August 13, 1861 by Napoleon III, the park met with immediate success owing to its masterful beauty as well as the surrounding housing

Key Nodes/entrances Main entrance/Monceau metro

estates.â&#x20AC;? The aesthetics of the city became an important value for Paris, and it is clear that Haussmann was on the forefront of driving the City Beautiful movement in his renovation. (Fondation NapolĂŠon) As Paris became modernized through Haussmannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s planning, it was clear that it was becoming a

Figure 2 - Present extent of Le Parc Monceau

cultural and artistic centre. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Flaneurâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x201C; seeing and being The Parc Monceau brought seen â&#x20AC;&#x201C; existing in the public a great deal of attention to realm of Parisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; urban spaces. artists, and we began to see (A View on Cities) it being documents in Claude Monetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paintings. (A View on Cities) Today it attracts many tourists and locals alike to enjoy the landscaping, the culturally appropriated follies along with the culture of the

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Figure 3 - Le Parc Monceau in context to Paris

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The Parc Monceau is an interesting urban park as it borrows design strategies from the English garden tradition as well as follies from different cultures. A reading of the park using Kevin Lynchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s five points in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Image of the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; will help us understand the topology of this urban space.

Districts The Parc Monceau is located in the eighth arrondissement (see Figure 3) of Paris at the intersection of Boulevard de Courcelles, Rue de Prony and Rue Georges Berger. At this junction is the North entrance to the park, which is marked by a Rotunda. (JarrassĂŠ) The area surrounding the park

is one that was occuppied by the bourgeois of Paris, as many of them had decided to build their mansions on the Monceau plateau. (Fondation NapolĂŠon) Given this character of the emerging upper class of the city, it is true that this public space must uphold the same aesthetic qualities of the neighbourhood it resides in. In the same way, the park provides an urban identity for this district.

impacted the boundaries between public and private space. An ample amount of space needed to be provided between the private mansions from the street, and Haussmann enforced a setback of â&#x20AC;&#x153;15 metres of greenery [â&#x20AC;Ś] required in front of the property as well as gates marking the barrier between public and private space.â&#x20AC;? (Fondation NapolĂŠon) Hence, the edges of the parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perimeter were greatly defined and Edges formalized not only by its The occupation surrounding streets, but by of the elite class around the gates of the adjacent the Parc Monceau greatly properties in its district.

In the mid 18th century, Taksim Square was first seen as the node for the distribution of lines of water infrastructure, and a meydan, an open space for the flow of people. In 1803, the construction of an artillery barracks began. This building was built, destroyed,

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reconstructed and then ultimately demolished where the current Gezi Park is situated now. In 1926, Taksim Square was planned as a declaration of a secular state in the republic era lead by Kemal Ataturk. A Nationalistic state needed to be expressed, and so

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Western ideas defined the cosmopolitan character of Beyoglu and Taksim. (Baykan)â&#x20AC;? Post WWII â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the new political parties focused on culture and economy. Density of the city greatly influenced Istanbulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s morphology. Between 1950-1960, Istanbul reached a

On May 1st, 1977, Taksim became a space of mass politics with the tragedy of a large protest ending in the deaths of 38 civilians caused by the police. The squareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s political symbolic importance was redefined by the people as it is regarded as a memorial for the aftermath of public outcry. Today, Taksim Square is recognized as a spectacle of globalization and political rising in the 21st century â&#x20AC;&#x201C; most recently, in the situation of Occupy Gezi Park. The currently Prime Minister Erdogan and the city were â&#x20AC;&#x153;determined to clean [Taksim Square] up and make it into a pedestrian zone, with a new mall, mosque and tunnels for traffic to move underground. (Kimmelman)â&#x20AC;? Although it is true that the surface of the square cannot accommodate the traffic needs of Istanbulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growing population and tourists, locals argue that â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The government wants to sanitize [Taksim], without consulting the people.â&#x20AC;? (Kimmelman). The battle and morphology of Taksim Square has resulted in a great deal of outrage and protests ensued. The discussion â&#x20AC;&#x201C; or rather, argument â&#x20AC;&#x201C; over the occupation of public space is constant in the city.

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Taksim Square is the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most important meydan â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it is â&#x20AC;&#x153;a place where citizens negotiate the transformation of symbols, structures and boundaries.â&#x20AC;? It is not â&#x20AC;&#x153;bounded with formal spatial definitions and urban restrictions, the meydan as particular typology generates participatory actions and becomes a mediator space between citizens and regime (Baykan).â&#x20AC;? Since the 90s, Taksimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s identity â&#x20AC;&#x201C; although seemingly fragmented and too fluid â&#x20AC;&#x201C; is one of dynamism and public engagement. The social conflicts between parties, specifically the state and the public, still play a great role to exercise their â&#x20AC;&#x153;domains of power and resistance [to] produce and recast the political (Baykan).â&#x20AC;?

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Le Parc Monceau

are key nodes into this public space. The map in figure 2 indicates the key entrances from the street into the park. Most of these entrances are marked with follies in the park, which greatly show a sense of organization in the use of these key markers in the landscape. Particularly the northern entrance with Nodes the Rotunda and Monceau Although the park metro stop is a key urban itself it an urban node in node with many streets the city and it is a foci on converging to the gates of intersection avenues that the park. change movement, the many entrances to the park from Landmarks (Follies) the streets that penetrate it The follies of the

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Works Cited Baykan, Aysegul, and Tali Hatuka. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Politics and Culture in the Making of Public Space: Taksim Square, 1 may 1977, Istanbul.â&#x20AC;? Planning Perspectives 25.1 (2010): 49-68. Web. 29 Mar. 2014 Kimmelman, Michael. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Power of the Public Space; Istanbul Protests Offer Reminder That There Is No Substitute for the Street.â&#x20AC;? The International Herald Tribune 8 June 2013: 1. Print.

However, the scale of these paths are still very wide and formal, like a French garden. As seen in figure x, the width of these paths do not allow for a meandering or picturesque quality like English gardens, and rather focuses on allowing the public to enjoy the space with ample circulation space. It is important to note that although these formal qualities are evident, Carmontelleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intent was for not to produce an

Figure 4 - Illustrated map of the follies and paths

Figure 6&7 - Pyramid + Column follies

park really give the public space an interesting sense of character. It is in a sense a â&#x20AC;&#x153;fantasy worldâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;amusement parkâ&#x20AC;? borrowing from different cultures and eras in time, as stated by the landscape architect Carmontelle (JarrassĂŠ). These follies mark key entrances and nodes in the park, helping pedestrians finding a sense of place in the picturesque landscape. As seen in figure x, it is clear that there is a mismatch of different cultural styles in the follies. These include the Roman-Greco Rotunda and

Colonnade, the Pyramid, various monuments of famous Frenchmen, ruins of a Doric column and other key landmarks. (JarrassĂŠ) Paths The paths are what really dictate the design and organization of the Parc Monceau. As one can see in figure x, the park is particularly designed in the tradition of a French garden due it is main axes running north-south from â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;La Rotondeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; down to the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Monument â&#x20AC;&#x2122; as well as its east-west axis that is the

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constructed during this period. A city beautiful approach was taken, although little or no regard for quality, cohesion, or history was considered as several neighbourhoods were erased in this process. (Baykan)

Title Page: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/photobooth/2012/09/2. html Figures: 1. Istanbul, Turkey Map - http://www.prew.hu/gallery3/index.php/DOT_CD29/ Turkey_05/DOT_Turkey_05_Istanbul_Map_1 2. Protest at Taksim Square around the monument - http://www.prew.hu/ gallery3/index.php/DOT_CD29/Turkey_05/DOT_Turkey_05_Istanbul_Map_1 3. Procession from smaller meydans.. - See works cited, text by Baykan 4. Transportations hubs from Taksim Square - www.elsevier.com/locate/ optlaseng (from article titled: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Producing 3D city model ... of Taksim Cumhuriyet square â&#x20AC;&#x153;) 5. Map of Taksim Square: See works cited, text by Baykan 6. Various images for timeline: See works cited, text by Baykan Hilton Hotel - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hilton_Istanbul Occupy Gezi Park Protest - http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/business/ israeli-companies-fear-turkish-backlash-1.293435

AllĂŠe de la Contisse de SĂŠgur as key paths of organization and movement. What makes this park more English is its use of more informal pathways that cut across the main axes, around resevoirs and along follies. This allows for a much more playful sense of movement in the park that compliments the formal Cartesian style of Versailles.

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Figure 5 - Gates designed by architect Gabriel Davioud

population close to two million. Space was not recognized by political parties as a declaration of the modern nation but instead was seen as â&#x20AC;&#x153;an economic resource for liberal interests.â&#x20AC;? Development of large boulevards, dense construction, tourism, and Gezi Park was

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The perimeter of the Parc Monceau, like many Parisian parks built at this time, was lined with wrought iron gates. To build a specific image for the new wealth of the city, architect Gabriel Davioud had designed these barricades, seen in figure x. (Fondation NapolĂŠon)

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to how it became a Western â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;squareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; raises to the surface as it is occupied throughout history. Various famous protests have been held there in attempt for the public to mediate with the state on great inequalities in the municipal system. The most important protest that redefined the square was the May Day tragedy in 1977 which resulted in 38 deaths of protestors caused by the police force (Baykan). Smaller protests occur throughout the year, but the most recent larger protest was the occupation of Gezi Park in 2013, which was a public reaction to development plans to replace this public park with a large shopping mall planned and funded by the municipality (Kimmelman). Although meydans are intended to be more for function than social-political engagement, Istanbul citizens have proven to have a historic impact on the reclamation of public space in the city and Taksim Square is the most important space where these negotiations take place.

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and Eastern cultures, and this is very evident in the planning and use of Taksim Square. This square is known as a meydan, which is the Turkish word for a city square. Much like an Italian or medieval city square, it is a positive space that â&#x20AC;&#x153;signif[ies] an open space between structures and buildings inside the boundaries of a city (Baykan).â&#x20AC;? More similarly to a medieval square, the meydan â&#x20AC;&#x153;evades the rigidity and the intentionality of the plaza or squareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s structural form (Baykan).â&#x20AC;? Traditionally in Ottoman and Islamic city planning, meydans were not intended for a social aspect but rather were intended for urban circulation. Hence, Taksim Square is a very important node to the flow of people in the city â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it is a main destination for the shuttle bus to and from the main airport, it is a subway/light rail/bus/taxi cab stop, it is a meeting spot for locals and tourists before deciding where to venture for the night, and it is where protests begin and end. Although this functional aspect of Islamic city planning is evident, the social and political development

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city when Istanbul was under Byzantine rule, and its major districts were known as Galata and Pera. Over time the region has been redefined by the Ottoman empire, foreign businesses and trade by Western exchange, and the establishment of the modern republic in 1926. Therefore, Beyogluâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s character is a heterogeneous assemblage of the historic, Islamic, and Western cosmopolitan cities (Baykan). Its proximity from the old city (Sultanahmet) and the newer sprawling areas of Istanbul makes Beyoglu a central urban neighbourhood that is a mediating region between the post WWI modern Istanbul and its historic Ottoman quarters. Thus, Taksim square serves as an important place that distributes urban growth and populations of people across the city to various districts in Istanbul.

The urban edges of Taksim Square have unique qualities of Islamic and Western medieval city planning. Taksim Square is a meydan, an Ottoman style square with the primary function for an open space for circulation, and aesthetic planning and quality is not put at the utmost importance (Baykan). Therefore, the defined edges of this public space are not necessarily organized in a symmetrical geometry as we have seen in Italian or French cities. However, the edges of the space are still evident with the contours of the streets (seen in Figure 6) as well as the geometric landmarks in the landscape (see circular planning of monument in Figure 2). Taksim Square is defined by the edges of these buildings that line the street â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which vary in quality and program. There are smaller retail cafes and shops next to the major Ataturk Cultural Centre, which is also close to various high end hotels, a Burger King, lines of kebab vendors, embassies and Gezi Park. The mix of these varying typologies give Taksim Square a heterogeneous edge quality of both stately grandeur but also of rough, unrefined street culture.

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for a zoo or a private garden for the King of Rome. (Fondation NapolĂŠon) Although the Duke did empathize with the working class, as it was said that he did understand and share the same values of the revolution, the public did not see him as their own and his â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;folie de Chartresâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; was guillotined in the park (Le Parc Monceau). The public had reclaimed this property and the park was nationalized during the revolution in this demonstration of defiance (JarrassĂŠ).

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(Baykan). It was established in the Ottoman empire during the mid 18th century during the reign of Sultan Mahmut I (Baykan). n the early 19th century (1803-1806) an artillery barracks was built on the Taksim site. Numerous attempts of this artillery barracks were iterated on the site until it was finally demolished in 1940 to make space for a public park (Baykan). The clash of Ottoman and Western spaces manifest around the square during this period as Turkeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economy opened up to the globe. An allocation of spaces for embassies of Western governments, hospitals, banks, hotels, new businesses and schools developed throughout the historic city making up the cosmopolitan character of Beyoglu (Baykan) After the First World War, the Entente powers occupied Turkey from 1920-1922. Following this, the Ottoman empire had long fallen and thus arose the cultural revolution lead by Ataturk. The Republic of Turkey marked a new modern era in the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rich history, and this was symbolized by monuments erected in Taksim Square. Modern Taksim Square was built in 1926 as the first square with a monument to be planned and designed in the new republic of Turkey (Baykan) based on secular and Nationalist ideals influenced by interventions from the West. Throughout time, other architectural and landscape interventions shaped Taksim to be the fluid and dynamic urban node it is today.

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Prior to the French revolution, the garden was used for the members of the royal class leaving this huge lavish development to be enjoyed only for the wealthy elite. As Napolean reigned, he took great interest to turn the park into his own private paradise with considerations

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all over the world (Le Parc Monceau). As seen in figure 1, it is clear the extent of the park in the late 18th century was very grand for the royal and bourgeois class.

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social, political, cultural and economic conditions. Typically one can read a definite locus or identity from these spaces â&#x20AC;&#x201C; we get to know what the city is like through this one urban node. For Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, those conditions are changing dynamically every day â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and at a speed so rapid that its identity is almost schizophrenic. Located at the heart of the European side of the city, Taksim Square is a space that has been redefined in numerous architectural, political and social ways throughout its history. A negotiation between different parties is in constant discussion; Conflicts between Istanbulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s local government and its people, its Ottoman traditions and Western influences, Turkey and its global partners, and how they occupy this major public space have redefined the identity of one of the most dynamic city squares in the World.

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Figures: 1.Le Parc Monceau c. 1790 with approximate overlay of existing Parc boundaries - http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/ commons/4/4d/Plan_du_Parc_Monceau.jpg 2. Present extent of Parc Monceau - http://www.pileface.com/ sollers/article.php3?id_article=527 3. Le Parc Monceau in context to Paris - http://1.bp.blogspot. com/_rvHbl_Xm8kk/TURRIzMPptI/AAAAAAAABjo/ uTvufn3ANYY/s1600/ 4. Illustrated map of folliesand paths - http://sites.duke.edu/ french119_parcmonceau/files/2011/12/parc-monceau-mail1.jpg 5. Gates ... - https://www.flickr.com/photos/58708751@ N00/8067843188/sizes/l/ 6&7 Follies - Columns - http://a395.idata.over-blog. com/3/19/10/25/Paris/028-Le-parc-Monceau.JPG Pyramid - https://www.flickr.com/photos/anachronism_ unltd/6401494889/sizes/l/

English garden, but rather a park that is â&#x20AC;&#x153;an extraordinary garden, a pure amusementâ&#x20AC;? rather than something â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;naturalisticâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; that many national parks would attempt to produce (JarrassĂŠ). The Parc Monceau is seen today as a traditional public park but it still widely enjoyed by locals and tourists alike, especially children. (A View on Cities) The playful quality and fantasy-like design that Carmontelle had aimed for is still prevalent today and it is a key example of public green space in modern Western cities. (Images on left: Figure 8 above - occupation of Parc Monceau Figure 9 below - Claude Monet painting of Parc Monceau

Works Cited â&#x20AC;&#x153;Histoire.â&#x20AC;? Le Parc Monceau. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Mar. 2014. <http://sites.duke.edu/french119_parcmonceau/ histoire/>. JarrassĂŠ, Dominique, and Jacques Lebar. Grammaire Des Jardins Parisiens: De Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;hĂŠritage Des Rois Aux CrĂŠations Contemporaines. Paris: Parigramme, 2007. Print. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Parc Monceau.â&#x20AC;? , Paris - A View on Cities. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Mar. 2014. <http://www.aviewoncities.com/paris/ parcmonceau.htm>. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Parks.â&#x20AC;? Fondation NapolĂŠon. Fondation NapolĂŠon, 2008. Web. 20 Mar. 2014. <http://www.napoleon.org/en/ magazine/itineraries/course/parcs_parcoursparcs_english. asp?id=448743>.

8. Occupation of Parc Monceau - http://landscapelover.files. wordpress.com/ 9. Claude Monet painting of Parc Monceau -http://upload. wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2e/Monet_claude-au_ parc_monceau.jpg

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