Located in central Istanbul, Bayrampasa is a pilot area for large scale redevelopment within the city's core. This project creates a model for retrofitting the existing fabric of the city to meet the needs of a ballooning urban population while improving the housing stock to meet seismic requirements. The plan's recommendations were designed to be both replicable and scalable across Istanbul's varied urban form. The plan proposes that new development inherit its DNA from the existing urban structure by retaining the existing block and parcel structure in place but combining parcels to host more efficient building typologies. This approach sets a framework that promotes the future evolution of the city out of the physical characteristics of the past.
Central to the planning effort was bringing clarity to the overall street network, relinking disconnected street segments and building hierarchy that had not evolved as this area transitioned from farmland to city in the middle of the last century. This framework increases the quantity and types of public spaces and parks while increasing the population density. The plan is also tailored to specific opportunities presented by Bayrampasa’s unique characteristic, including the development of a new retail spine flanking one side of a new civic heart of the district. This new civic core includes the historic Maltepe Hospital building, the municipality's city hall and a landmark mosque.