Ponds in Ponds in Ponds…
A second trip back to Istanbul provided valuable opportunity for a more focussed Field Study. Study was focussed more closely on the complexity of the urban areas surrounding the Recep Tayyip Erdogan Stadium: The Kasimpasa neighbourhood, Pera and Istiklal.
“Every portion of matter may be conceived as a garden full of plant, and as a pond full of fish. But every branch of each plant, every member of each animal, and every drop of their liquid parts is itself likewise a similar garden or pond.”
Rather than attempting to formulate a global understandings or general categorisations of the urban area, fieldwork observations took a 'look down' approach, defining separate parts that each contribute to a complex whole- 'ponds within ponds'. For example, the market in Dortkuyu Caddesi every Friday, the monthly artisan markets on the Pera square, the network of local government offices in Kasimpasa, the one-way system of traffic circulating around Bulent Demir Caddesi and Bahriye Caddesi, journeys to local schools, journeys and routes towards the football ground, the filling up of carparks, the collection of rubbish, the call to prayer, the collection of popular teahouses around the Guzelce Kasim Pasa mosque, the areas of the city captured in the TV coverage of a Kasimpasaspor football match, the continuous rebuilding on many disused sites…
These parts, considered singularly and directly, may form the basis for the project’s future speculations and propositions.