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Jan Boelen Appointed As Curator of the 2018 Istanbul Design Biennial

04:00 - 11 July, 2017
Jan Boelen Appointed As Curator of the 2018 Istanbul Design Biennial, 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial (2016) – Galata Greek School. Image © Sahir Ugur Eren
3rd Istanbul Design Biennial (2016) – Galata Greek School. Image © Sahir Ugur Eren

The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts have announced that Jan Boelen has been appointed as Curator of the 4th Istanbul Design Biennale. This follows the 3rd—Are We Human?—which opened in September 2016 and was curated by Mark Wigley and Beatriz Colomina with a powerful, wide-reaching exploration of design and architecture in relation "the design of the species."

NOHlab and Buşra Tunç Create Immersive Installation Based on Centuries-Old Architecture

08:00 - 23 June, 2017
NOHlab and Buşra Tunç Create Immersive Installation Based on Centuries-Old Architecture, © NOHlab
© NOHlab

As part of the Third Istanbul Biennial, NOHlab and architect Buşra Tunç collaborated with HAS Architects to create OCULUS: an experiential light and sound-based installation. The exhibit focuses on employing a historic location, the Single-Dome Hall of the historic Istanbul Imperial Arsenal, to reinterpret a spatial moment using technology and design. The central theme of the project is the experimentation of permanence, illustrated in the juxtaposition between the dynamic visuals displayed on the temporary structure and the 16th-century architecture.

© NOHlab © NOHlab © NOHlab © NOHlab +16

Media City, Istanbul - From Micro Code to Macro City

16:00 - 4 June, 2017
Media City, Istanbul - From Micro Code to Macro City, Courtesy of GAD Architecture
Courtesy of GAD Architecture

For over ten thousand years, cities have maintained an industrial infrastructure to transform local materials into basic necessities, such as clothing, food, and shelter. Even in the present day, with advances in science, construction, and commercial technology, a need still exists for structures dedicated to industrial-scale production, storage and distribution. However, in this more advanced, environmentally-conscious age, a challenge has emerged to create industrial complexes which are ecologically sensitive, responsible and sustainable.

Against this environmental backdrop, Istanbul-based GAD Architecture have unveiled Media City, a multimedia-based industrial complex to serve Istanbul’s future airport, projected to be the world’s largest upon completion. Recognized with a Future Project Award by the Architectural Review, Media City will incorporate industrial buildings in an urban setting inspired by QR codes, where artistic and cultural values co-exist with a celebration of environmental and technological progress.

Courtesy of GAD Architecture Courtesy of GAD Architecture Courtesy of GAD Architecture Courtesy of GAD Architecture +11

Urban Rural - Hybrid Habitation in the Heart of Istanbul

06:00 - 15 May, 2017
Urban Rural - Hybrid Habitation in the Heart of Istanbul, Urban Rural is set to become a landmark for Istanbul. Image Courtesy of Eray Carbajo
Urban Rural is set to become a landmark for Istanbul. Image Courtesy of Eray Carbajo

The American/Turkish architecture firm Eray Carbajo has unveiled Urban Rural, a new typology of urban living set to become a benchmark for future development in Istanbul, Turkey. The vision behind Urban Rural is for a hybrid model of living, combining close proximity to urban centers with the lush landscape of rural life. Challenging the status quo of typical residential typologies, the scheme will consist of modular hexagonal units with triangular gardens, forming an active façade designed to become a future landmark for the city.

Urban Rural aims to challenge the status quo of urban living. Image Courtesy of Eray Carbajo Modular hexagonal units with triangular gardens dominate the facade. Image Courtesy of Eray Carbajo Modular hexagonal units with triangular gardens dominate the facade. Image Courtesy of Eray Carbajo Urban Rural is set to become a landmark for Istanbul. Image Courtesy of Eray Carbajo +6

Crowdfunded Architecture Tourbooks Help You Discover Cities' Best Kept Secrets

06:00 - 10 May, 2017
Crowdfunded Architecture Tourbooks Help You Discover Cities' Best Kept Secrets, via Kickstarter. Courtesy of Virginia Duran.
via Kickstarter. Courtesy of Virginia Duran.

Cities have a wealth of experiences, landmarks and sights to offer the eager traveller, who despite their ambitions, may begin to feel overwhelmed under the weight of culture and geography that saturates their travels. It is easy to get lost not only during pilgrimages to iconic locations, but also in the number of places to go and things to see, guided on overpriced tours and by consumerist maps. But worry not, for a new Kickstarter campaign has been launched for the Architectour Guide – a hardcover curated compendium of key spots that’s got you covered during your next urban crawl.

“The guide is made for the urban explorer, an individual who loves discovering cities in a different way,” explains Virginia Duran, the London-based architect and urban planner responsible for the campaign. “Architectour Guide collects the best spaces of a city inspiring travelers to craft their trips in a unique way, making it easier for us to visit, understand and photograph each of these places. As a consequence, we travelers will be helping to keep buildings alive.”

via Kickstarter. Courtesy of Virginia Duran. Crowdfunded Architecture Tourbooks Help You Discover Cities' Best Kept Secrets via Kickstarter. Courtesy of Virginia Duran. via Kickstarter. Courtesy of Virginia Duran. +8

Istanbul Maritime Museum / TEGET

22:00 - 14 April, 2017
Istanbul Maritime Museum / TEGET, © Alican Aktürk
© Alican Aktürk

© Alican Aktürk © Alican Aktürk © Alican Aktürk © Alican Aktürk +31

  • Architects

  • Location

    Istanbul, İstanbul, Turkey
  • Architects in Charge

    Mehmet Kütükçüoğlu, Ertuğ Uçar
  • Design Team

    Alev Dağlı, Saro Dionyan, Hande Köksal, Mert Üçer, Senem Akçay
  • Area

    15000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

Eurasia Tunnel Operation and Maintenance Building / GMW MIMARLIK

03:00 - 4 April, 2017
 Eurasia Tunnel Operation and Maintenance Building  / GMW MIMARLIK, © Gurkan Akay
© Gurkan Akay

© Gurkan Akay  © Gurkan Akay  © Gurkan Akay  © Gurkan Akay  +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Istanbul, İstanbul, Turkey
  • Partners

    Ali Evrenay Ozveren, Dicle Demircioglu, Pinar İlki Emekci
  • Team

    Dicle Demircioglu (Partner in Charge), Oya Kayabas, Russell Jones, Ezgi Ak, Gokce Nazan Berdan, Damla Turan, Zeynep Sumbul Enhos, Ceyda Cihangir, Okan Akben, Berk Sak
  • Area

    4800.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016

DROR's Parkorman Park in Istanbul Will Let Visitors Trampoline through the Treetops

16:15 - 28 March, 2017
DROR's Parkorman Park in Istanbul Will Let Visitors Trampoline through the Treetops, © DROR
© DROR

In Istanbul, a city with few existing green spaces, studio DROR is proposing something radical – a park filled with innovative interventions as a way to encourage collective experience and gathering. Envisioned as “a love story between people and nature,” the Parkorman forest park will give people a chance to swing through the forest, play in giant ball pits, relax by reflecting pools, and even bounce several stories above the ground on canopy-level trampolines.

© DROR © DROR © DROR © DROR +11

Introducing GSAPP Conversations' Inaugural Episode: "Exhibition Models"

09:30 - 24 February, 2017
Introducing GSAPP Conversations' Inaugural Episode: "Exhibition Models"

We are pleased to announce a new content partnership between ArchDaily and Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) in New York City.

GSAPP Conversations is a podcast series designed to offer a window onto the expanding field of contemporary architectural practice. Each episode pivots around discussions on current projects, research, and obsessions of a diverse group of invited guests at Columbia, from both emerging and well-established practices. Usually hosted by the Dean of the GSAPP, Amale Andraos, the conversations also feature the school’s influential faculty and alumni and give students the opportunity to engage architects on issues of concern to the next generation.

After "Are We Human?" – Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley Discuss the Istanbul Manifesto

04:00 - 21 February, 2017
After "Are We Human?" – Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley Discuss the Istanbul Manifesto, Universal Space Program, Voyager — Humanity in Interstellar Space. 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial (2016) – Alt. Image © Sahir Ugur Eren
Universal Space Program, Voyager — Humanity in Interstellar Space. 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial (2016) – Alt. Image © Sahir Ugur Eren

With Are We Human—the exhibition of the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial, which ran for one month at the end of 2016—curators Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley were researching the fundamental notion of ‘design’. Their historic, cultural and conceptual exploration attempted to unravel the various programs and ambitions behind a (mainly) market driven inventiveness, which is presented as progress. This pushed the notion of design and the biennale as a format beyond their established definitions.

Curatorial Team, The Invention of the Human. 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial (2016) – Alt. Image © Sahir Ugur Eren Curatorial Team, Design in 2 Seconds – Curatorial Intervention. 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial (2016) – Alt. Image © Sahir Ugur Eren Pedro Alonso, Hugo Palmarola, Archaeology of Things Larger than Earth. 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial (2016) – Alt. Image © Sahir Ugur Eren m-a-u-s-e-r, Köçek Dance Floor. 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial (2016) – Alt. Image © Sahir Ugur Eren +9

Competition-Winning Design Proposes Wood Housing Addition to Fourth-Century Aqueduct in Istanbul

12:00 - 7 January, 2017
Competition-Winning Design Proposes Wood Housing Addition to Fourth-Century Aqueduct  in Istanbul, Courtesy of Superspace
Courtesy of Superspace

Sinan Günay and Nurhayat Oz of Superspace have won second prize in the MetsäWood competition, The City Above the City, which called for architects to design wooden extensions to city centers. With their project, Colliding Lines and Lives, the team designed a series wooden housing modules to be appended to a fourth-century Roman aqueduct archway in Istanbul.

Built by the Roman emperor Valens, the archway was an important water supply for the Romans and Ottomans but later lost its significance and functionality with technological and infrastructural advancements, leaving it an unutilized landmark in the city.

Courtesy of Superspace Courtesy of Superspace Courtesy of Superspace Courtesy of Superspace +8

14 Short Stories About Architects, Attitudes and Odd Architectural Anecdotes

07:00 - 27 December, 2016
14 Short Stories About Architects, Attitudes and Odd Architectural Anecdotes, Álvaro Siza photographed by Fernando Guerra. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Álvaro Siza photographed by Fernando Guerra. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

A new collection of five minute-long On Design stories—developed by the team behind Section DMonocle 24's 24's weekly review of design, architecture and craft—profile a person, survey a place, or unpack an idea that’s changing or shaping design and architecture today. We've selected fourteen of our favorites from the ongoing series, examining issues as wide as Postmodernism and the architectural competition, to five-minute profiles of Alvaro Siza, Josef Hoffman, Kengo Kuma and Superstudio.

GAD Park / Gokhan Avcıoglu + GAD Architecture

20:00 - 24 December, 2016
GAD Park / Gokhan Avcıoglu + GAD Architecture, © Mustafa Nurdogdu
© Mustafa Nurdogdu

© Mustafa Nurdogdu            © Mustafa Nurdogdu            © Mustafa Nurdogdu            © Mustafa Nurdogdu            +20

Maslak No.1 Office Tower / EAA - Emre Arolat Architecture

02:00 - 30 November, 2016
Maslak No.1 Office Tower / EAA - Emre Arolat Architecture, © Thomas Mayer            
© Thomas Mayer            

© Thomas Mayer             © Thomas Mayer             © Thomas Mayer             © Thomas Mayer             +35

ING Bank Turkey HQ / Bakirkure Architects

02:00 - 27 November, 2016
ING Bank Turkey HQ / Bakirkure Architects, © Gurkan Akay
© Gurkan Akay

© Gurkan Akay © Gurkan Akay © Gurkan Akay © Gurkan Akay +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Istanbul, İstanbul, Turkey
  • Architect in Charge

    Gurhan Bakirkure
  • Area

    20000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016

Bain&Company Istanbul Office / Net Mimarlik

19:00 - 28 October, 2016
Bain&Company Istanbul Office / Net Mimarlik, © Ali Bekman
© Ali Bekman

© Ali Bekman               © Ali Bekman               © Ali Bekman               © Ali Bekman               +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Istanbul, İstanbul, Turkey
  • Architect in Charge

    Ali Doruk, Ozan Bayer
  • Area

    500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

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.

Presenting more than 70 projects from five continents by designers, architects, artists, theorists, choreographers, filmmakers, historians, archaeologists, scientists, laboratories, institutes and NGOs, the exhibitions will be spatialized by Andrés Jaque and the Office for Political Innovation and spread across five main venues – the Galata Greek Primary School, Studio-X Istanbul and Depo in Karaköy, Alt Art Space in Bomonti, and the Istanbul Archaeological Museums in Sultanahmet. The work of a dense array of international writers, video makers, and designer researchers will also be presented online.

The Ulugöl Otomotiv Office Building / Tago Architects

22:00 - 26 August, 2016
The Ulugöl Otomotiv Office Building / Tago Architects, © Gürkan Akay
© Gürkan Akay

© Gürkan Akay © Gürkan Akay © Gürkan Akay © Gürkan Akay +26