Preparations for the Izmir International Horticultural Fair 'EXPO 2026' Are Continuing

Preparations are underway for the Izmir International Horticultural Fair EXPO
Preparations for the Izmir International Horticultural Fair 'EXPO 2026' Are Continuing

Preparations for EXPO 2026, the world's most important international horticultural fair, which will be hosted by İzmir, continue with a common mind. In the 6-day design workshop held with the participation of representatives from 4 architectural offices, the designers prepared their projects and presented them to Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer. Chairman Tunç Soyer said, “There is something in common in the spirit and essence of all the projects presented; harmony with nature. It's great to be partnering on this," he said. Botanical EXPO will be held in 2026 with the main theme of “living in harmony”.

With the efforts of Izmir Metropolitan Mayor Tunç Soyer, the city deserves to host in 2026. kazan2026 project proposals were prepared in the design workshop (design charette) within the scope of the preparations for the International Horticulture EXPO (EXPO 6) At the end of the 6-day workshop, coordinated by the Department of Studies and Projects, İzmir Planning Agency and İZFAŞ, which played an important role in determining the roadmap of Botanic EXPO, attended by the relevant units of İzmir Metropolitan Municipality and representatives from 4 architectural offices, the designers were presented to President Tunç Soyer. presented their projects. Listening to the project proposals with interest, Chairman Tunç Soyer said, “There is something in common in the spirit and essence of all projects; harmony with nature. It's nice to be partnering on this. “This is what we dreamed of from the very beginning.” President Soyer thanked the designers who contributed to the projects and said, “Congratulations to each of you. All of them are valuable and all of them are eye-opening. While listening to each presentation, I tried to imagine what it would be like when it was finished. Each one is very beautiful. I want each of them to come to life in some way,” he said.

What was done at the workshop?

Within the scope of the design workshop, the representatives of the architectural office first received information about EXPO 2026 from the relevant units of the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality. After the project site tour, the participants worked on the project in teams. After the teams completed their work, they presented it to the representatives of the professional chambers. Following the evaluations of the representatives of the professional chambers, the teams revised their projects and explained their projects to Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer on the fourth day of the workshop. The projects will be evaluated by the Expo Executive and Advisory Board.

Botanic EXPO will be held in Izmir between 1 May – 31 October 2026 with the main theme of “Living in Harmony”.

On the main transport axis

The area where EXPO 2026 will be held starts under the Atatürk mask and covers an area of ​​approximately 100 hectares between the İZBAN line and Meles Creek and Yeşildere Street, in a way to integrate with the Martyrs' Grove and the area south of Kadifekale, where landslides were evacuated due to landslides. Expropriation, leasing and allocation procedures will be initiated in the region in order to reorganize the usage decisions of 35 hectares of the area on the main transportation axis providing the entrance to the city from the airport. The project announced by Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer as "the project that will shape the destiny of the city" will start in Yeşildere, Turkey's first big green transformation project. The EXPO area will host the fair visitors for six months, and then it will come to İzmir as the Green Corridor. kazanwill be raised.

5 million visitors expected

It is expected that approximately 1 million people will visit the International Horticultural EXPO, which will be held with the main theme of “Living in harmony” between May 31 and October 2026, 4,7. EXPO 2026, which will open the door of international trade for all producers in the sector from seed to tree, will also increase the awareness of İzmir in the world. The fairground to be established in Yeşildere will be an important attraction center where thematic exhibitions, world gardens, art, culture, food and other activities will take place. While the area welcomes its guests with its gardens and activities during the 6-month EXPO, it then came to İzmir as the living Green Corridor. kazanwill be raised.

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