The word “rakip”, meaning “rival” in English, comes from the Latin root “rivus” meaning “river”. Accordingly, being rivals means living on opposite sides of a river, benefiting from the same water and polluting the same water.
A strip of water often called a “canal” bisects nearly all major cities in the world. Istanbul, London, Paris, Vienna, Cairo is a few of the best known. Some cities have been completely shattered by water: Venice and Amsterdam. If there is no water, there is a wall or the main street that cuts through the city’s belly, just like in Ankara. The inhabitants of the city almost need this division.
The river creates an urban void while dividing the city in two, creating contrast on both sides of the river. The constant shift of the reference point, the fact that both sides of the water are “this side” and “the other side” shows that there is no clear positioning in the middle, only contrast is needed.
This urban void fills all the streets of the city and organizes the life there, and as this void gets smaller, it starts to connect the lives and defines the neighborhood at that point. So, urban voids serve as a link between different eras, lifestyles, city transformation, and ruins, and it is the physical manifestation of time. So, we can easily relate to different scales of rivus idea. And there is a various way of creating an urban void in several scales.
Natural (river, trees, hills) and artificial boundaries (highway, urban facades) create urban voids.
The features of urban voids have also altered as a result of the zoning of uses, the rising size of new urban needs, and the variance in the evolution of city structure with artificial boundaries.
In the past, when cities expanded, urban voids were absorbed by the city. Therefore, new urban voids were formed around the new city and natural boundaries become a definer of urban voids.
Nature, which is our lifeblood in the environment we live in, is irreversibly plundered and tries to survive in the voids of the city. My photos aim to compile clues from our world of perception that make such plunder possible.
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