Turkey is out in force at MIPIM 2016. Some 350 Turkish companies and municipalities are in Cannes, with major cities including Istanbul, Antalya, Balıkesir, Hatay, Kocaeli and Ordu all vying to build their brands.
The giant model of Istanbul first seen at MIPIM last year is taking centre stage once again in this year’s Istanbul Pavilion, now located in a prime position between the Paris and the London pavilions. The 96 sq m model is demonstrating the city’s various development projects with the help of integrated video-mapping technology.
The Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (ICOC) aims to further its achievements at last year’s MIPIM and re-inforce Istanbul’s role as Turkey’s commercial powerhouse – a municipal player worthy of a place in the champions’ league of World cities. To achieve this, ICOC has expanded the scope of Turkey’s participation at MIPIM by moving the Istanbul Pavilion to a more prominent position in the Palais des Festivals and doubling its size to 600 sq m. Inside the pavilion , municipal authorities and leading Turkish companies in the real estate and construction industries are presenting their projects.
The last Living Istanbul Model – one of the biggest ever seen at MIPIM – has been updated with more detail and new features to showcase the new construction projects taking place in the modern mega-city of Istanbul. The video mapping presentation that allows the model to be viewed live on a 24/7 basis has also been redesigned. The Istanbul Pavilion will also be hosting various business-to-business and bilateral meetings during the event.
ICOC president İbrahim Çağlar says; “Urban transformation projects undertaken by Turkish contractors and the mega-infrastructure projects of the Turkish government planned for Istanbul are being presented directly and in detail to investors. The Prime Ministry Housing Development Administration (TOKI), the Pioneer of planned urbanisation in Turkey, is our main supporter through its subsidiary Emlak Konut REIC. Our target is to ensure that all of the 20,000-plus participants at MIPIM pay a visit to our pavilion, which is even more appealing with its new prime location this year.
A major talking point is the €32bn Istanbul Grand Airport, now under construction on the Black Sea coast 35 km outside of the city and based on a concept by Grimshaw and Nordic. Scott Brownrigg is the lead designer for the largest single terminal in the world, which will have an initial capacity of 90 million passengers per year. Phase one, due for completion in 2018, will see the construction of the terminal together with three runways and substantial aviation-related development. Further phases envisage additional runways, terminal and satellite piers, which will increase the airport capacity to 180 million passengers.