Izmir, Turkey

Focus neighbourhood: Ataturk Mahalessi

The Bornova archive and museum would become the home of the Roadshow on the edge of the project neighbourhood of Ataturk Mahallesi. This venue was donated by the progressive local municipality of Bornova. The main challenge would be to inspire the locals to use an alternative means of environmentally and economically viable transport. The team revealed how the car had taken over the public realm to the devastating detriment of family life and environmental comfort of the streets and parks. The City Vision proposed layered lattice of pedestrian dominant streets, cycle route to the centre of Bornova and a distributed system of solar electric small to medium buses. The strategy did not ban fossil fuelled cars, instead it was to progressively reduce its dominance by promoting other measures that would make walking, cycling and playing more pleasurable and accessible.


The City Vision appreciated the practical legal and illegal realities of Izmir. As Illegal houses and extensions were significant in the area, the Roadshow developed  Such measures that not only benefitted individual house owners economically, but more importantly environmentally benefited the community as a whole.

Interested to learn more about the Izmir Roadshow outcomes in detail? Download City-zen Izmir Roadshow Report and the City Vision or contact us.

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