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SKY GARDEN / SO? Architecture and Ideas

20:00 - 5 June, 2016

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Istanbul, İstanbul, Turkey
  • Architect in Client

    Beşiktaş Municipality
  • Team

    Sevince Bayrak, Oral Göktaş, Sevinç Yüksel, Emre Üngör, Ana Latorre Martinez, Hazal Seval, Julia Tarsten, Arda Bakıryol, Büşra Ekici, Laura Villeret, Chiara Vaccaro
  • Area

    60.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

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 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.

If one thing is certain, this Biennial will not come off as a 'trade show'. Wigley (New Zealand) and Colomina (Spain)—both Professors of Architecture at US institutions (Columbia and Princeton, respectively), theorists, writers, and critics—have exerted a profound influence on architectural discourse and pedagogy over the course of their careers. This Biennial, on the other hand, serves as their first formal foray into the world of 'design' – a field which few architects actively engage with.

In this exclusive interview with ArchDaily the curators discuss their intentions, criticise the traditional 'Biennial' model, and describe how they—alongside Andrés Jaque and the Office for Political Innovation—intend to spatialise the show against the backdrop of Istanbul – one of the great nexus of the world. Here, they also formally announce the launch of an Open Call for two-minute films.

Cross Reflections: Architecture, Photography and Text

18:00 - 27 February, 2016
Cross Reflections: Architecture, Photography and Text

A new exhibition is coming out of the Le Corbusier portfolio of architectural photographer Cemal Emden who has been working on the master architect’s oeuvre for the last five years. The exhibition, organized by Istanbul Association of Architects in Private Practice (IstanbulSMD) will be inaugurated in Isik Art Gallery (Istanbul) on 9th of March 2016 and it will put in display a number of the major works of Le Corbusier, spanning over a period of half a century. Apart from Emden’s photographs, texts by Turkish and international scholars who studied Le Corbusier’s work will also be featured in the exhibition.

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. 

“One of the World’s largest aviation projects, Istanbul New Airport’s air traffic control tower will be an iconic structure, visible to all passengers traveling through the airport. We were looking for a striking design fit for a 21st century airport while remaining sensitive to Istanbul’s unique heritage. We received excellent designs from all over the world and are delighted to announce the AECOM and Pininfarina team as the competition winner,” said Yusuf Akçayoğlu, chief executive officer of İGA.

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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S+ ARCHITECTURE's Recent Projects on Display at AIA Baltimore

19:30 - 3 October, 2015
S+ ARCHITECTURE's Recent Projects on Display at AIA Baltimore, AIA Baltimore Newsletter
AIA Baltimore Newsletter

Most of the projects on display are selected from S+ ARCHITECTURE’s work within the past ten years and include a wide array of building types such as academic, adaptive reuse, cultural, educational, industrial, mixed use, office, residential, retail-recreation and urban project. The overall goal of architectural office is to establish the harmony between the context and the projects. The design approach of the group emphasizes design integrity from urban to object scale

Perkins+Will to Design “Airport City” in Istanbul

16:00 - 2 October, 2015
Perkins+Will to Design “Airport City” in Istanbul, Istanbul New Airport / Grimshaw, Nordic Office of Architecture and Haptic Architects. Image © Grimshaw
Istanbul New Airport / Grimshaw, Nordic Office of Architecture and Haptic Architects. Image © Grimshaw

Perkins+Will has been selected to masterplan a major mixed-use development adjacent to undergoing Istanbul New Airport - soon to be one of the largest airports in the world. The 690-hectare scheme, "Airport City" will feature a "central innovation district," hotels, retail and commercial office space, logistic centers, an expo and convention center, public space, and metro and high-speed rail connections to Istanbul and beyond.

Apartman 18 / Aytac Architects

03:00 - 10 September, 2015
Apartman 18 / Aytac Architects, © Cemal Emden
© Cemal Emden
  • Architects

  • Location

    Istanbul, İstanbul, Turkey
  • Project Team

    Alper Aytaç (principle), Çağlar Yazıcı, Zeynal Yeter, Fabio Rosa, Sebla Arslan
  • Area

    2700.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Cemal Emden © Cemal Emden © Cemal Emden © Cemal Emden +31

Open Call: Exhibition Proposals for Turkey's Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale

08:00 - 30 August, 2015
Open Call: Exhibition Proposals for Turkey's Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale, From the Pavilion of Turkey at the 2014 Venice Biennale, "Places of Memory". Image © Nico Saieh
From the Pavilion of Turkey at the 2014 Venice Biennale, "Places of Memory". Image © Nico Saieh

The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) is hosting an open call for proposals for the Pavilion of Turkey's exhibition at the 2016 Venice Biennale. The call is open to all people and institutions of relevant fields, including architects, designers, artists, historians, curators, theoreticians and critics.

Competition Entry: Istanbul Gülsuyu Cemevi and Cultural Center

08:00 - 9 August, 2015
Competition Entry: Istanbul Gülsuyu Cemevi and Cultural Center, Aerial Rendered View. Image Courtesy of TAG
Aerial Rendered View. Image Courtesy of TAG

Melike Altınışık and Gül Ertekin have shared with us their proposal for the İstanbul Gülsuyu Cemevi and Cultural Center Competition. Hosted by Maltepe Municipality of Istanbul, Turkey, the competition asked participants to design a religious and cultural complex for the Alevi population (a religious minority group practicing Islam) that can serve modern society’s needs and honor past culture.

Istanbul Community Market Competition Winners Announced

08:00 - 6 August, 2015
Istanbul Community Market Competition Winners Announced, Courtesy of Ctrl+Space
Courtesy of Ctrl+Space

Competition organizer Ctrl+Space has announced the winners of its Istanbul Community Market Ideas Competition, which sought culturally relevant designs for a marketplace to be located in central Istanbul, Turkey.

Out of 138 entries, 10 finalists were selected, three of which went on to win first, second, and third prizes, reflecting the best displays of the jury’s qualifications: communication efficiency, technical quality, aesthetic quality, functionality, and relation to context. See the three winning designs, after the break.

Monocle 24's 'Section D' Discusses Design and Architecture from Lebanon to Istanbul

04:00 - 10 June, 2015

This edition of Section D, Monocle 24's weekly review of design, architecture and craft, dives into Beirut Design Week exploring "what Lebanese designers can show the world." In this show Josh Fehnert examines why Domus have decided to start an academy in Milan, speaks to Dutch typographer Joep Pohlen about his ultimate type reference guide, and assesses some of the architectural similarities between Istanbul and London. While the likenesses are not immediately obvious, both cities are currently undergoing an unprecedented property boom. Istanbul, a city with no strategic masterplan, is growing fast and there are lessons to be learnt from London's comparatively porous urban realm.

Beatriz Colomina And Mark Wigley Appointed As Curators Of The 2016 Istanbul Design Biennial

11:05 - 28 May, 2015
Beatriz Colomina And Mark Wigley Appointed As Curators Of The 2016 Istanbul Design Biennial,  Mark Wigley and Beatriz Colomina. Image Courtesy of Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts
Mark Wigley and Beatriz Colomina. Image Courtesy of Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts

The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts have announced that internationally renowned architectural historian and theorist Beatriz Colomina and architectural historian, theorist, and critic Mark Wigley will curate the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial to be held in the summer of 2016. Colomina, a Professor of Architecture at Princeton University and curator of the recent Radical Pedagogies: Architectural Education in a Time of Disciplinary Instability exhibition (Lisbon Triennale, 2013; Venice Biennale 2014) will join Wigley, Professor and Dean Emeritus of Columbia University's GSAPP and renowned writer and curator, in helping to cement the biennial's international reputation.

Exhibition: ist-on situations

23:00 - 26 May, 2015
Exhibition: ist-on situations, 19th Century Istanbul. © Suna and Inan Kirac Foundation Photography Collection.
19th Century Istanbul. © Suna and Inan Kirac Foundation Photography Collection.

EAA- Emre Arolat Architects, a leading international architectural practice based in İstanbul and London, presents an exhibition exploring the urban histories of both cities. Through a two way, dual city approach the practice will reveal “situations” that unite and differentiate these two great cities at the east and west ends of Europe in their development. The exhibition covers a timeline beginning with the mid 19th century that shows key events or turning-points in the course of their stories respectively. The exhibition is curated by EAA - Emre Arolat Architects, in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Murat Güvenç from Istanbul City University and London-based Urban Planning & Development Consultant Ömer Çavuşoğlu.

What’s Behind Europe’s Grandiose Rebuilding?

05:00 - 8 May, 2015
What’s Behind Europe’s Grandiose Rebuilding?, Dresden's Baroque Frauenkirche was destroyed by Allied bombing in 1945, only to be revived in the same form in 2005
Dresden's Baroque Frauenkirche was destroyed by Allied bombing in 1945, only to be revived in the same form in 2005

Is there a growing nostalgia pervading attitudes to civic architecture in Europe? From Berlin's new Royal Palace on the River Spree to Turkey's rekindled fascination with their Ottoman heritage, architecture is becoming the medium of choice for exploring a city's roots and a people's past. In this post originally published by TheLong+Short, Feargus O'Sullivan investigates how many governments and developers have decided that the way to future lies in looking backwards.

Reading about Dubai’s Burj Khalifa in the German press, you’d be forgiven for thinking the building was in Leipzig, not the Middle East. “The tallest building in the world is so German,” said Der Spiegel when the tower opened in 2010. “The Burj Khalifa is an Ossi!" shouted Bild, using the common nickname for East Germans. The headlines were partly right: when East Germany’s old parliament building, the Palace of the Republic in Berlin, was demolished in 2006, several thousand tonnes of steel girders were stripped from its carcass and shipped to the Gulf for use in the construction of Burj Khalifa. 

Markafoni.com Headquarters / Habif Architecture

21:00 - 24 April, 2015
Markafoni.com Headquarters / Habif Architecture, © Gürkan Akay
© Gürkan Akay
  • Architects

  • Location

    İstanbul, Turkey
  • Design Team

    Hakan Habif, Cagri Kaan Cetin
  • Area

    3500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Gürkan Akay © Gürkan Akay © Gürkan Akay © Gürkan Akay +22

Open Call: Istanbul Community Market Ideas Competition

19:00 - 29 March, 2015
Open Call: Istanbul Community Market Ideas Competition, Courtesy of CTRL+SPACE
Courtesy of CTRL+SPACE

CTRL+SPACE has launched its Istanbul Community Market Ideas Competition. Seeking designs from students and professionals (developed individually or in teams of four or less), the competition challenges participants to create a site-specific, multi-functional market with a strong public element. Submissions are welcomed now until June 27 and winners will be announced on July 17, 2015. Three winning designs will receive monetary prizes from 500€ to 3500€, and five merit award recipients will also be selected. For more details or to register, visit ctrl-space.net.

Selcuk Ecza Headquarters / Tabanlıoğlu Architects

22:00 - 25 March, 2015
Selcuk Ecza Headquarters / Tabanlıoğlu Architects, © Thomas Mayer
© Thomas Mayer
  • Architects

  • Location

    İstanbul, Turkey
  • Architects in Charge

    Murat Tabanlıoğlu & Melkan Gürsel Tabanlıoğlu
  • Area

    22900.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer +27