Zorlu Ecocity, a Striking Green City within a City

Zorluecocity

Zorlu Ecocity is a Llewelyn Davies Yeang project located in Istanbul, Turkey.  It’s a mixed-use development located at the southern extremity of Buyukdere Street in Istanbul.  The plan is conceptualized as a "city within a city" and conforms to the city’s planning strategy to multiply the number of urban centers throughout the Marma region to relieve pressure on Istanbul’s historic core. 

Zorlu Ecocity will have 588,850 sm (6,338,329 sf) of accommodation, which includes office towers, residential towers, two hotels, apartments, and resort-style elderly units above a three story retail complex.  In total, we’re talking about 14 towers ranging from 8 to 26 stories. 

Zorlu Ecocity Skyview

This city within a city will also accommodate six thousand cars in a seven-story deep basement.  But, as I look at the renderings and ponder the concept, I think the idea is that people won’t need their cars anymore.  Plus, I’m guessing there will be a link with mass transportation to make car use an aberration, as opposed to the norm. 

The city has undeniable appeal with all the greenery and open space.  It seems so peaceful.  Ken Yeang, director of Llewelyn Davies Yeang and known expert on bioclimatic skyscraper design, will be speaking about this project at the Ecocity World Summit in April.*

*Jetson Green is an official media sponsor of Ecocity World Summit, which is incredible, because we wouldn’t have received a tip on this news otherwise!  More to come in the future, but the event will be April 24-26, 2008 in San Francisco, California.  You don’t want to miss this rare and insightful conference.


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  • Groovy

    Awesome to see you are carrying this on your site. Maybe not now. Maybe not 10 years from now. But in the end, this is where it is definitely heading.

  • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

    @groovy – this is the bread and butter of Jetson Green, but the news is incredible. Yeang is quite inspiring.

    You might also like this story:
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  • Douglas Thompson

    city within a city…

    too many buildings and projects are trying to be a city within a city, separate from any genuine cultural or ecological context and promising an isolated paradise for those who buy into the hype. This is not the way to go.

  • http://www.punkrockpermaculture.com gaiapunk

    I read Ken Yeang’s book ecocity master planning. I was very impressed with his building design but not too impressed with his layouts or the fact that he does many projects for the uber rich and little for the poor. I call this kind of omission “eco classism” and it is something that plagues the environmental movement (including the Ecocity world summit which I attended in 2008). Eco classism makes the ecocity movement less influential and effective and hurts those it purports to help. I hope that Yeang addresses these criticism in his future work. For more non eco classist perspectives check out http://www.punkrockpermaculture.com Thanks!
    ~gaia punk

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