In nature, there is a delicate balance and harmony. The advancement of technology has significantly eased human life, but it has also left significant imprints of irreparable damage in this sensitive balance. The most crucial factor in this damage is human beings. Humans transform nature according to their own purposes and needs, utilizing all the resources of nature for their own benefit. If we truly want to find solutions to emerging problems, it is essential to change the ingrained thought patterns of individuals and subsequently, society. The primary goal on this path should be to break the mold of human thinking. To achieve this, we need to liberate the human mind and create environments that allow for unconventional problem-solving.

In these environments, individuals should be able to generate extraordinary ideas, share them freely, engage in discussions, and develop them. Only in this way can we distance ourselves from the habits that lead to environmental degradation.

In Kemalpaşa, where the site is held captive by these habits, a deeply ingrained thought structure prevails, and the environmental damage is at its peak. The site is in contact with individuals who possess the ingrained thought structure, which is the most important element contributing to this damage. The aim is to change of individuals who are prisoners of these habits, lacking freedom, creative thinking, problem-solving skills, and the ability to create thanks to architecture.

To break conventional perceptions, architecture has reacted with a radical orthogonal form. Freedom is the creator of form. Emerging from the land with a liberating thought, it creates spaces behind it. This separation divides programs and functions into two: imagining and discussing. Space cannot exist, be imagined, or be discussed without humans. The ramp element is designed to facilitate the architectural-human relationship and has created a reference for the formation of spaces.

"The Forum of Dreams" is an architectural design that liberates the human mind and creates environments for generating solutions beyond the conventional, solving problems.


The structure prominently used gross concrete. The structural system operates conventionally. In the building located in Kemalpaşa, where summers are very hot, small windows are preferred to minimize consuming energy for air conditioning. Comfort inside is ensured during both winter and summer through insulation in the interior spaces. The shade created by the upper mass forms a square for the city during the summers.

Designer: Utku Arslan
Instructor: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ülkü İnceköse, R.A. Merve Kılıç

Forum Of Dreams by UTKU ARSLAN in Turkey won the WA Award Cycle 46. Please find below the WA Award poster for this project.

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