Istanbul based architect & designer was born in 1992. In the pursuit of connection between artistic and innovative aims, he has chosen to study architecture. He thinks that it is the way of dialogue for our cognitive existence and physical environment. Then he has received his bachelor degree in architecture at “Istanbul Technical University”. Also he studied at “Universidade Fernando Pessoa / Porto” as an exchange student.
Meric is a dedicated architecture graduate who seeks successful experiments with alternate approaches which are later adopted by mainstream culture in terms of interdisciplinary collaborations, architectural theories and digital medias. He believes that giving flexibility to strict habits of designing process creates the user-friendly products and smart architectural spaces of future that can interact with the society.
THE STRAWBERRY EFFECT NYC / Manhattan W34 Hudson River High Line + “The Strawberry Effect” project takes place in the factory of the man-made experience where the natural ceased to exist, beside the Hudson River, in the end of the “High Line” promenade. Description of Concept
The relationship between New York City and nature depends on artificial experiences, just like acquired strawberry flavour. Imagine in the early 60’s, when strawberry flavours were not common. People would have to say, “Wow, this artificial flavour just tastes like real strawberry!” Fast forward some 50 years to now, when you would hear: “Actual fruit of strawberry don’t taste like instant flavour any more.” It is an acquired taste. We have slowly acquired a taste of a “real” strawberry far from the true fruit.“ Totally designed instant chemicals, but we call it “strawberry” flavour. It reminds living in NYC.
Main social elements of the Manhattan’s city structure such as “Central Park”, “High Line Promenade” and in the future “Lowline Park” are man-made environments pretend to be natural. Designers of the “High Line Park” state that it is highly designed for looking natural, just like “Central Park.” This city transforms a post-industrial railroad to a promenade with wild meadows, creates forest from a rectangular lot.
What if we try to design an environment which doesn’t pretend to be natural? It means designing artificial experiences and synthetic ecology, designing instant flavour without imitating strawberry.
“The Strawberry Effect” project investigates artificial environments of the future and speculates about innovative synthetic materials with the help of bio-chemical experiments. The project mainly uses primitive cells which is called “Protocell” and chemical compositions as indicator of the site’s specificity. For example, industrial wastes of Hudson River are considered as post-industrial heritage (just like High Line Railroad) and play vital role in the project’s synthetic environments.
Projenin, geleceğin yapay çevrelerine dair yenilikçi malzemeler ve bio-kimyasal deneyler üzerinden geliştirdiği senaryoların, kavramsal araştırmalarla başlayıp bina ölçeğine kadar istikrarlı olarak sürdürülebilmiş olması projenin en güçlü bulunan yönüdür. Ana galerinin önerilen senaryo ile nasıl maddeleştiğinin aktarılması, strüktür ve malzemenin bu senaryoların vazgeçilmez birer parçası olarak ele alınması, yapay ve doğal olana dair teknolojik ve teorik araştırmanın, projenin her safhasında takip edilebilir olması nedeniyle oy birliğiyle birincilik ödülüne değer bulunmuştur.