Gallery: Dror Benshetrit’s Massive Artificial Island Could House 300,00...

Designer and architect Dror Benshetrit has a wildly inventive solution to a centuries old urban conundrum. Every couple hundred years in Turkey, a politician or engineer proposes the immense task of building a canal between the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is the latest to suggest the project, which would entail displacing nearly a billion cubic meters of dirt over the next decade. With all that excavation, finding a place to deposit that amount of earth is a problem. Benshetrit envisions using the soil to create an artificial island city called HavvAda that would house 300,000 residents. The island is composed of 6 hills where neighborhoods and businesses would intermingle with parks and valleys.

Dror Benshetrit has a a vision for a new type of city – one that incorporates private residences with commercial spaces and parks. His project is dubbed HavvAda, and it’s a man-made island that would support 300,000 people near Istanbul. The community would be laid out over 6 large hills supported by geodesic domes that house commercial spaces on the inside and neighborhoods on the exterior. Each hill would form a “micro-climate” with valleys intended for natural recreation areas. The island’s layout would focus less on the 2D model associated that most urban centers, and shift towards a 3-dimensional arrangement, allowing buildings to wrap around the landscape. This way, the structures could share infrastructure and support one another.


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