The Awards Ceremony of the national architectural ideas competition for the new Çamlıca TV and Radio Tower in Istanbul, jointly organized by the Turkish Ministry of Transportation, Maritime Affairs and Communications and Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, was held on 24 October 2011.
The new project is meant to replace dozens of irregular and ugly communications towers located on the Çamlıca Hill while also creating a Landmark for contemporary Istanbul.
The internationally acclaimed jury of the competition composed by Şulan Kolatan (Architect), İlhan Zeybekoglu (Architect), Cengiz Yetken (Architect), Prof.Dr.Zekai Celep (Structural Engineer), Niyazi Parlar (Structural Engineer), Doç.Dr.Pelin Pınar Özden (Urban Planner), led by Prof. Suha Özkan, Chairman of World Architecture Medium, awarded the first prize to the project designed by the group led by Arch. Inanç Eray.
At the Awards Ceremony attended by the Minister of Transportation, Maritime Affairs and Communications of Turkey and the Mayor of Metropolitan Istanbul, Suha Özkan in his statement said urban responsibility formed the basis of the competition. Originality was a major criteria in the selection process, Özkan explained, referring to the original concept of the winning project.