Pollination is an award winning competition project that is proposed to the Eskişehir Square (Eskişehir Meydanı), one of the largest public spaces in Turkey. ‘Ideas for the Former City Stadium Competition’ expected designs for the valuable empty space remained behind the relocation of the old football stadium. The project is based on a fictionalised urban myth that is imagined to be happen after the relocation of the stadium which is to be moved to urban periphery. The proposal is the phenomenon itself and a possible public scenario that follows it.
Pollination is the process by which pollen is transferred from the male part to the stigma (female part) of the plant, thereby enabling fertilization and reproduction. This takes place in the angiosperms, the flower bearing plants. This natural process of production has inspired the proposal and let us imagine an extraordinary incident as a reproduction and fertilization event of the public space. Moreover a telepathic interaction between the functions is conceived.
THE INCIDENT AS AN URBAN MYTH and ALTERNATIVE PUBLIC SPACE MODEL
Eskisehir, an Anatolian city of Turkey, witnesses an extraordinary incident in early 2015. The football goals from all around the city suddenly start to rise from the ground and cause an astonishment in public. After a while it becomes clear that the goals are heading to the old stadium where no football match is played anymore. The goals stop flying by accumulating in the middle of the stadium and leave a massive structure behind. The shocking incident is accepted as a mystery, but on the other hand it leads to a spontaneous design organisation. The citizens, especially young ones, protect this special zone by occupying the land and forming an organizational structure to sustain it. At the beginning they do not allow the urban managers to interfere until the land becomes a living public park that offers a free space for everyone.
The proposal includes an organisational network scheme, a list of possible events, and a scenario that can make the public space happen and sustain. This spoantaneity based belonging to public space is how we think a liveable public space needs to be.