Author : Harjot Rai

University : Birmingham School of Architecture

Status : RIBA II, 2013

Advisor : Kevin Singh

Title : EU Ministry of Imposition in Istanbul

Turkey’s application for wanting to join the EU has been continuously rejected due to a lack of adherence to European law. Brussels refusal to back 2013 as the deadline for Turkey’s membership and Turkey’s 2023 deadline for approval leaves a period of uncertainty, in which the project is to be located. The project speculates Istanbul becoming the capital (already acting as satellite of Ankara) and an agreement of a five year probation period imposed by the EU .The Ministry of Imposition aims to aid Turkey’s transition to becoming a member of the EU by dealing with controversial political corruptness by exerting a fair justice, of European standard. The project composes three core programmes, the EU, the court and the political prison.  Ultimately the ministry represents a political brand, an official marker of the EU, and so must express its ideologies, that of truth and democracy.

Theoretical reading into Tschumi’s ideas of ‘violence’ and the ‘space in-between’ lead to the understanding that the response to the building was one of a juxtaposition of two programmes, political corruptness, represented by the prison and western democracy, represented by the EU and the space that acts as a reconciliation , being the court, which plays a symbolic role. Once positioned on site, the physical threshold to the rear offered conditions for a ‘back of house’ and secure environment, i.e. the prison. The structure therefore represents a trajectory from past (Turkish corruptness) to the present (dealing with it) and the future (turkey part of the EU), from negative to positive and being secure and defensive to being open and transparent.