Victims of Ankara bombing attack to be commemorated with new city square

The winning project has been announced for a contest to redesign the area in front of Ankara’s main train station that was targeted in the most lethal bombing attack in Turkey’s history on Oct. 10, 2015, Turkish news site Duvar reported.

The winning design, by a team led by architect Pınar Kesim Akbaş, is of a square in which 103 trees will be planted with bronze statues covering their trunks to commemorate the 103 people killed in the attack.

The bombing, which was carried out by suicide attackers linked to Islamic State, targeted a left-wing peace march led by trade unions and Kurdish politicians called to protest the worsening conflict between the Turkish state and Kurdish militants from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, an outlawed group that has fought for Kurdish self-rule in Turkey for decades.

The contest to redesign the square was organised in collaboration with the Ankara municipality by the Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architects, three large trade unions, and the 10 October Peace and Solidarity Association that was set up to commemorate victims of the massacre.

There were 39 entrants to the contest, including 16 from international teams.