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INTERNATIONAL IDEAS AND DESIGN PROJECT COMPETITION FOR LABOR, PEACE AND DEMOCRACY MEMORIAL SQUARE AND PLACE INTERNATIONAL DESIGN PROJECT COMPETITION
TEAM: Öykü Arda | Cem Üstün | Melike Üresin
Ankara Gar Square has been a place that embraces those who have reached and left the city over the years, and has also becomethe stage of separations and reunions. The front facade of the station with its historical building from the Republic architecturereflects all the nostalgia of the square. October 10, 2015 is the day when the most formidable scene takes place in the stationsquare. Two suicide attacks were organized; 103 citizens lost their lives and hundreds of people were injured. While people lost theirlives during the peace rally, tens of people lost their relatives who were next to them a second ago. Losing, getting lost, losing whilegetting lost, getting lost while losing…Memorial squares are built to carry the traces of existence and disappearance in this life to thememory of the city, to remember, not to forget and to recover together. The memorial square is very important for the builtenvironment to live, so that Ankara Gar Square does not lose its soul of the Republican era and does not lose its collective memoryover what happened.
According to Siegfried Gideon, memorials are symbols that emerge as the highest cultural need of people and connect thegenerations, and a homogeneous cultural environment is required for the formation of memorials. Memorial spaces are interactionareas where the practices of remembering become spatial. The interaction relationship of the user is shaped through memory.Within the scope of the dialogue project; it is aimed to bring a place of experience to the tragedy by strengthening this area bytaking control of the confusion that arises due to the noise and heavy traffic in and around Ankara Station.