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Cappadocia’s Fairy Chimneys: A Collaboration Between Humans and Rocks

09:30 - 1 December, 2016
Cappadocia’s Fairy Chimneys: A Collaboration Between Humans and Rocks,  © <a href='http://www.robwhitworth.co.uk/'> Rob Whitworth </a>
© Rob Whitworth

Fairy chimneys, also known as hoodoos or tent rocks, are spooky looking spires of rock that range from the height of an average person to over 40 meters. While recently on assignment creating one of his time-lapse videos for Turkish Airlines, photographer and filmmaker Rob Whitworth captured the fairy chimneys found in the Cappadocia region of Turkey in all their eerie charm.

Complete Collection of Participants and Projects for the 2016 Istanbul Design Biennial Revealed

07:30 - 3 October, 2016
Complete Collection of Participants and Projects for the 2016 Istanbul Design Biennial Revealed, Human Helmet, Daft Punk (2005). . Image Courtesy of Istanbul Design Biennial
Human Helmet, Daft Punk (2005). . Image Courtesy of Istanbul Design Biennial

As the month-long 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial draws near, the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) have revealed a full list of projects and participants. Curated by Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley, the biennial—which is titled Are We Human? The Design of the Species: 2 seconds, 2 days, 2 years, 200 years, 200,000 years—will revolve around one pressing provocation: that design itself needs to be redesigned.

Details About Colomina and Wigley's 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial—"Are We Human?"—Revealed

04:00 - 22 August, 2016
Details About Colomina and Wigley's 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial—"Are We Human?"—Revealed, The European Space Agency's vizualisation of space debris orbiting Earth. Image Courtesy of "Are We Human" / 3. Istanbul Tasarim Bienali
The European Space Agency's vizualisation of space debris orbiting Earth. Image Courtesy of "Are We Human" / 3. Istanbul Tasarim Bienali

The 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial, which will officially open on the 22nd October 2016 and last for four weeks, will ask the question: Are We Human? Encompassing a wide range of ideas related to The Design of the Species, from timeframes of 2 Seconds to 2 Days, 2 Years, 200 Years and 200,000 Years, the international show will revolve around one pressing provocation: that design itself needs to be redesigned. It will do so by exploring the intimate relationship between the concepts of "design" and "humanity."

Turkey’s Pavilion at the Biennale to Explore Cultural Similarities Between Istanbul and Venice Arsenals

06:00 - 25 May, 2016
Turkey’s Pavilion at the Biennale to Explore Cultural Similarities Between Istanbul and Venice Arsenals, Darzanà Mockup. Image © IKSV
Darzanà Mockup. Image © IKSV

The Pavilion of Turkey at the 2016 Venice Biennale will feature an exhibition titled Darzanà: Two Arsenals, One Vessel, which links the cultural heritage between the language and architecture of dockyards in Istanbul and Venice. Curated by a team of Turkish architects, the display will present “a last vessel," that has been built using waste materials found at the Haliç dockyards in Istanbul, and transported to the Biennale

Atlas Obscura Details Bulgarian Church Made Entirely Out of Cast Iron

16:00 - 16 April, 2016
Atlas Obscura Details Bulgarian Church Made Entirely Out of Cast Iron, © Darwinek, Creative Commons via Atlas Obscura
© Darwinek, Creative Commons via Atlas Obscura

Located along the shore of the Golden Horn in Fatih, Turkey, the Bulgarian Church of St. Stephen is no ordinary basilica. Unlike most churches of its time, St. Stephen’s is constructed entirely out of cast iron, explains Atlas Obscura in their article "Bulgarian Iron Church."  This method of construction was cost-effective and efficient for the time, but never became popular.

Melike Altınışık Architects Wins First Mention in Competition for Kızılırmak Bridge in Turkey

14:00 - 26 March, 2016
Melike Altınışık Architects Wins First Mention in Competition for Kızılırmak Bridge in Turkey, Courtesy of Melike Altınışık Architects
Courtesy of Melike Altınışık Architects

Melike Altınışık Architects has won first mention in a competition to design the Kızılırmak Bridge located in Sivas, Turkey. The competition, which was hosted by Sivas Municipality, called for ideas to design a bridge to support pedestrian movement, vehicular transportation, and cycling activities. The proposal aimed to create an “avant-garde looking design approach to obtain coherency between plan and sections, and harmonize the bridge with its topography.”

Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley, Curators of the 2016 Istanbul Design Biennial, Discuss "The Design of the Species"

05:00 - 11 March, 2016
Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley, Curators of the 2016 Istanbul Design Biennial, Discuss "The Design of the Species", Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley – Curators of the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial (2016). Image © Muhsin Akgun
Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley – Curators of the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial (2016). Image © Muhsin Akgun

"Design always presents itself as serving the human," state Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley, "but its real ambition is to redesign the human." Their curatorial statement for the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial, which will open later this year and is themed around the title Are We Human? The Design of the Species: 2 Seconds, 2 Days, 2 Years, 200 Years, 200,000 Years, brims with reflective and often prescient statements such as this. All that will be encompassed by this Biennial, they say, will revolve around one pressing provocation: that design itself needs to be redesigned.

AECOM and Pininfarina Selected to Design Istanbul New Airport's Traffic Control Tower

13:30 - 24 December, 2015
AECOM and Pininfarina Selected to Design Istanbul New Airport's Traffic Control Tower, © AECOM and Pininfarina; Courtesy of iGA
© AECOM and Pininfarina; Courtesy of iGA

iGA has selected AECOM and Pininfarina over Zaha HadidMoshe Safdie and 3 others to design the Air Traffic Control Tower for Istanbul New Airport - soon to be the world's largest new airport. The project will mark AECOM's first collaboration with Pininfarina, an Italian car design firm renowned for designing the Ferrari and Alfa Romeo. 

Mehmet Kütükçüoğlu, Ertuğ Uçar and Feride Çiçekoğlu to Curate Turkish Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale

04:00 - 16 December, 2015
Mehmet Kütükçüoğlu, Ertuğ Uçar and Feride Çiçekoğlu to Curate Turkish Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale, 'Darzanà'. Image Courtesy of ÍKSV
'Darzanà'. Image Courtesy of ÍKSV

Following an open-call and two-stage evaluation, Mehmet Kütükçüoğlu, Ertuğ Uçar, and Feride Çiçekoğlu with the support of Namık Erkal and Cemal Emden, have been selected as co-curators of the Turkish Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, directed by Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena under the theme 'Reporting from the Front'. Commissioned by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), the project's title—'Darzanà'—reflects the great "twin harbours of the Mediterranean:" Istanbul and Venice.

Salon Unveils "Keeping the Valley Alive" Master Plan for Istanbul

08:00 - 29 November, 2015
Salon Unveils "Keeping the Valley Alive" Master Plan for Istanbul, © Salon
© Salon

Istanbul-based architecture studio Salon, in collaboration with Praxis Landscape, has unveiled the designs for its Beylikdüzü Life Valley Bridges and Routes Master Plan for Istanbul's Beylikdüzü district. Guided by the idea of “Keeping the Valley Alive," the project has created a new design for the area to thrive, maintaining the valley “livable, accessible, sustainable, feasible, and alive.” 

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