Soil Loss by Urbanization and its Transformation Potentials

Özdemir N., Altunok N., Şahin Z.

International Graduate Research Symposium IGRS'22, İstanbul, Turkey, 1 - 03 June 2022, pp.45

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: İstanbul
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.45
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Soil is the source of almost everything; nutrients, minerals, raw materials…It has an essential role in defining matter from antiquity to Anthropocene. In this study, which describes matter as transformable, and considers this transformation a process consisting of sequences, the soil change over time has been examined. Especially, the rapid changes in Anthropocene have affected architecture and the soil is covered with concrete. With intense urbanization and industrialization, soil that has been displaced in the city is described as ‘lost’ in this research. In this context, the aim of the study is to seek the transformation potentials of the soil that is lost with urbanization. Since the process of transforming excavation soil is versatile, the study is carried out with a transdisciplinary approach. It is planned to present this collective work through a biennial that includes the archive and the end products. In the process, data mining systems are used to make projections for the future, and a transmaterial approach was adopted in order to explore different potentials. Adding different materials to soil taken from the metropolitan construction sites creates an archive with the prototypes. Within the scope of the Taşkışla Biennial plan, innovative ideas are put forward to transform the waste excavation soil into sustainable products on the construction site. To this end, the importance of this study is twofold. First, it reveals the importance of reusing the excavation soil, considered waste, and discusses possible solutions.