The Master Plan for the University of Adana - completed while on the staff of the Planning office of the University of Ankara, 1968-1970

In the late 60s the republic of Turkey was experiencing its first round of higher education expansion plans along with the dramatic social, political and regualtory upheavals invading most of her educational institutions. The government of the Turkish Republic commissioned the Planning Office of the University of Ankara to develop the initial conceptual design and physical layout of a brand new university on a 200-hectar land, atthe outskirts of the city of Adana, set aside for this purpose. The task was assigned to me by the Director of the agency due to the fact that, at the time, I was working on a Master's Thesis, at the Middle East Technical University, with the same subject matter.



The approach to the planning task involved the development of a modular, functional vocabulary for the entire campus ("cell," "room," "hall," etc.) and an accompanying physical infrastructure. The latter was based on a complex, three-dimensional tartan grid realized from layers of variable firmament -- a reinforced concrete frame system, an interwoven mechanical-electrical distribution system, a hierarchical circulation system, a system of elevation changes to fit the terrain, etc. The entire design was conceived as an "organism" that could grow, shrink and change, thus accommodating the volatile architectural program of a modern university within the parameters of the set physical and functional vocabulary. The approach was inspired by the "New Universities" movement started around the same time in Great Britain, as well as the systems approach embraced by the Avant Garde designers of the time.

The project was carried out, during the course of the 1970's, with several major modifications. I was unable to supervise this phase of the work since I moved to the US with a Fulbright Grant to pursue graduate studies, in 1970.