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36 PalletCentral July-August 2014 WHERE DO WOODEN PALLETS go to Retire? In Istanbul, Turkey, a competition to create a social and cultural center led to a novel use for retired pallets. he Litterfall Social and Cultural Center was conceived as a "public house," a gathering place where immigrants from rural Anatolia, who often struggle to adapt to the pace and pressure of urban life in Istanbul, could gather and share their societal and cultural traditions. The goal was to design a small but comfortable space where people from all walks of life could come together and exchange ideas, share memories and stories, sing, dance, paint, and enrich their lives through the process of artistic and cultural production. In 2013, Architects Ziya Imren and Tolga Iltir were awarded an honorable mention in the competition to design and construct the Litterfall Social and Cultural Center. Building upon the social and architectural tradition of "accumulation," the architectural team conceived and built a gathering place in which recycled wooden pallets symbolize the accumulative experience of the Turkish people. The architects selected a humble retired material, used pallets, to embody the spirit of "accumulation" and create an atmosphere which speaks to human congregation as well as sustainable and adaptive reuse. "While we were designing this project, we focused on social events," said Ziya Imren, principal architect. "The wooden pallets can be seen as units that form the whole... as the same thought for people and the society." T Photo credits: Vizarch.Cz / Petra Grísová, Josef Veselý, Vratislav Zíka

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