These past few days, the Istanbul Design Week witnessed the unveiling of a mind-boggling plan for the building of an artificial island near the aforementioned city, which could provide both homes and working places for as many as 30,000 people.
To cut a long story short, architect and designer Dror Benshetrit brought forth his sketches for the building of an artificial island city, which he named HavvAda.
The HavvAda would basically comprise six hills having commercial and business spaces on the inside and neighborhoods on the outside.
Apparently, each of these hills would feature its very own man-made valley, whose sole purpose would be that of providing people with some much needed recreational areas.
reports that Dror Bensherit dreams that this island city could be designed and built in such ways that it would be self-sufficient, and that, with the help of a team of engineers and architects, modern urban issues such as overcrowding and pollution could be avoided.
In case anyone was wondering, the dirt needed in order to witness this paper-based project become a reality would supposedly by provided by the construction of a canal between the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara.
According to the same source, work on said canal could potentially displace roughly one billion cubic meters of dirt in a period of time of just 10 years, which is why having a suitable solution to deal with this unexpected resource could come in handy to say the least.
On the other hand, we can only assume that environmentalists and conservationists will have some trouble in wholeheartedly supporting the building of this artificial island.
This is because toying with existing natural landscapes to such an extent will most likely translate into considerable damage being done to local ecosystems and wildlife.
Just for the record, similar concerns are presently being raised with respect to Real Madrid's island resort