The minute I heard of Hub Istanbul, I was immediately taken back to 2008, my first design course during my MSc. URP program. The Lynch Diagram I drew had a series of nodes, or centers of attraction, similar to what is developing in Istanbul, Turkey. Hub Istanbul, a distinct hub of activity for local and foreign entrepreneurs, freelancers, university students, artists, designers, and other creatives, is creating an innovative co-working experience and they want to know what nodes you want?
While Karakoy is the current location for laying the groundwork, the founders of Hub Istanbul need to know which permanent location is preferred as well. They are currently investigating the demand to decide where, among these locations, Hub Istanbul will call its permanent home: Sishane, Karakoy, Maslak, Kadikoy, Haskoy, or Sutlace.
In terms of placemaking, this is the architects’ and urban planners’ ideal problem. What will bring the type of users Hub Istanbul is seeking? And what location is preferred? To answer these questions and create this unique place, a series of roundtables have been occurring around the creation of Hub Istanbul. You can stay informed and become involved in future roundtables by joining Hub Istanbul’s Facebook or Twitter pages. You can also find Hub Istanbul online at Let’s Build Hub Istanbul, the Hub’s pre-launch website. Feel free to comment below about the space uses and locations that work best for you.
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