Batikent, Turkey, Asia
Year1983latitude: 39° 57'
longitude: 32° 43'
Initiator(s)Municipality of Ankara
Planning organizationKENT-KOOP (Union of Housing Cooperatives in Batent)
Nationality initiator(s)
Designer(s) / Architect(s)
Design organizationKent-Koop Architectural Bureau
Inhabitants200,000 (2000)
Target population250,000
Town website
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The project has been designed from the ground, and consists of 18.600 two-storey housing units, 28.000 five-storey housingunits, and 4.000 housing units in high rise blocks. These are arranged around commercial facilities, infrastructure and green spaces. It is one of the first projects of good quality housing with green and open spaces build for lower and middle income groups. It thus differs in scale and organizations from anything previously build in Turkey.
The project is a joint project initiated by the housing corporation Kent-Koop (itself composed of several civil cooperatives) with the municipality and central Turkish administration. To help finance the project the inhabitants - being not able to by their own houses - came together in cooperatives.
The batikent project thus worked as a laboratory for further housing projects in Turkey investigating both financial schemes and how to locate and meet the demands of the inhabitants.


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