Housing for 5000 inhabitants, Cankaya, Ankara, 1966



In the late 60s Ankara was a "modern" state capital busting at it's seams with enormous influx of in-migration from the rural hinterland. Enboldened by the prospects of making it big in the city, the unskilled and impoverished labor poured into the capital creating enormous sprawls of squater housing in an ever expanding ring around the modern core of Ankara. Urban development for the lower and lower-middle income population bacame a perpetual problem. Most common solutions envisioned large scale construction of urban settlements around the city proper containing housing, education, commerce and recreation functions.



This proposal hinges around the principle of efficient movement. It recognizes that new road patterns can be developed on the basis of a "tabula rasa". It proposes the tripple-road intersection as the basis of the entire road system, from which a hexagonal settlement pattern is developed. A three-story condominium structure, based on a pre-fabricated construction system, is proposed to accommodate families of different sizes. Pedestrian and vehicular traffic are separated for safety and integrated to achive a cohesive flow of goods and people. Housing units are situated on the basis of the optimal, 10-minute walking distance to commercial and social ammenities.