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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

NEF Primary School / CINICI Architects

23:00 - 3 March, 2015
NEF Primary School / CINICI Architects, © Cemal Emden
© Cemal Emden
  • Architects

  • Location

    İstanbul, Turkey
  • Architect in Charge

    Can Cinici
  • Area

    7284.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Cemal Emden © Cemal Emden © Cemal Emden © Cemal Emden +26

AA Visiting School Istanbul: Cellular Re-Visions

19:30 - 26 February, 2015
AA Visiting School Istanbul: Cellular Re-Visions

AA Istanbul Visiting School is beginning an exciting collaboration with Istanbul Bilgi University in 2015. Continuing its expertise on generative design methodologies and large-scale prototyping techniques, the programme will investigate patterns of emergence, differentiation and complexity in natural formation processes, which will then be transformed into digital simulation platforms for design purposes. In contemporary architectural processes, a significant diversion from linear parametric tools towards generative design simulations is taking place. The design and analysis processes will reflect this shift by focusing on simulations, whereby attention will be focused on the process of design generation as opposed to the final form itself. The design agenda of the programme will revolve around the design and fabrication of a one-to-one scale pavilion.

Savoy Ulus / Autoban

01:00 - 11 February, 2015
Savoy Ulus / Autoban, © Sergio Ghetti
© Sergio Ghetti

© Sergio Ghetti © Sergio Ghetti © Sergio Ghetti © Sergio Ghetti +16

NoXX Apartment / CM Architecture

01:00 - 3 February, 2015
NoXX Apartment / CM Architecture, © Cemal Emden
© Cemal Emden
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kuloğlu Mh., 34250 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
  • Architect in Charge

    Cem Sorguc, Sezin Ergene, Elvan Cakıt, Tolga Yaglı, Amina Rezoug, Deniz Gezgin
  • Area

    128.0 sqm
  • Photographs

© Cemal Emden © Cemal Emden © Cemal Emden © Cemal Emden +17

Kilic Ali Pasa Hamam / Cafer Bozkurt Architecture

01:00 - 22 January, 2015
Kilic Ali Pasa Hamam / Cafer Bozkurt Architecture, © Cengiz KARLIOVA
© Cengiz KARLIOVA

© Cengiz KARLIOVA © Cengiz KARLIOVA © Cengiz KARLIOVA © Cengiz KARLIOVA +38

Piri Reis Maritime University / Kreatif Architects

01:00 - 6 January, 2015
Piri Reis Maritime University  / Kreatif Architects, © Yercekim Photography-Omer Kanipak
© Yercekim Photography-Omer Kanipak

© Cemal Emden © Cemal Emden © Cemal Emden © Yercekim Photography-Omer Kanipak +81

GAD's Serra Gate on Display for Istanbul Design Week

00:00 - 22 November, 2014
GAD's Serra Gate on Display for Istanbul Design Week, © Alp Eren
© Alp Eren

GAD Architecture has installed their latest sculptural design, Serra Gate, in Istanbul’s Taksim Square, just in time for Istanbul Design Week. Named after the minimalist sculptor whose work inspired the design, the Serra gate’s steel form was created using cutting edge technology. The sinuous curvature was conceived through the software “Mathematica,” and was modeled using the latest 3D printing technologies.

2015 YAP Istanbul Modern Shortlist

00:00 - 18 November, 2014
2015 YAP Istanbul Modern Shortlist, 2013 YAP Istanbul Modern Winner: Sky Spotting Stop / SO?. Image © Muhsin Akgün; Courtesy of Istanbul Modern
2013 YAP Istanbul Modern Winner: Sky Spotting Stop / SO?. Image © Muhsin Akgün; Courtesy of Istanbul Modern

Istanbul Modern has announced five finalists to compete in the 2015 Young Architects Program (). Now in it’s 2nd edition, the competition will challenge a group of emerging architects to design a temporary installation within the confines of Istanbul Modern's courtyard that will host a series of events and visitors throughout the summer of 2015.

Grimshaw Releases New Images of World's Largest Airport Terminal in Istanbul

00:00 - 18 November, 2014
Grimshaw Releases New Images of World's Largest Airport Terminal in Istanbul, Courtesy of Grimshaw
Courtesy of Grimshaw

New images have been released of Istanbul's new airport, designed by Grimshaw, Nordic Office of Architecture and Haptic Architects, assisted by local Turkish Partners GMW Mimarlik and Tekeli Sisa. Projected to be the world's largest airport terminal under a single roof at almost one million square metres, the new airport is expected to serve 90 million passengers a year on the opening of the first phase, rising to 150 million a year after completion in 2018.

© MIR; Courtesy of Grimshaw Courtesy of Grimshaw Courtesy of Grimshaw © MIR; Courtesy of Grimshaw +6

Six Teams Studying Uneven Growth to Exhibit Proposals for Expanding Megacities at MoMA

01:00 - 13 November, 2014
Six Teams Studying Uneven Growth to Exhibit Proposals for Expanding Megacities at MoMA, Lagos Tomorrow. 2014. Water. Image © NLÉ and Zoohaus/Inteligencias Colectivas
Lagos Tomorrow. 2014. Water. Image © NLÉ and Zoohaus/Inteligencias Colectivas

As the culmination of a 14-month initiative to examine new architectural possibilities for rapid growth in six megalopolises - Hong Kong, Istanbul, Lagos, Mumbai, New York, and Rio de Janeiro - the Museum of Modern Art is preparing to open Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities on November 22. The exhibition will present mappings of emergent modes of tactical urbanism from around the globe alongside proposals for a bottom-up approach to urban growth in the highlighted cities by six interdisciplinary teams made up of local practitioners and international architecture and urbanism experts.

Curator Pedro Gadanho, in collaboration with the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts (MAK), states: 

“The exhibition features design scenarios for future developments that simultaneously raise awareness of the prevailing inequalities in specific urban areas and confront the changing roles of architects vis-à-vis ever-increasing urbanization. Each team in the exhibition was asked to consider how emergent forms of tactical urbanism can respond to alterations in the nature of public space, housing, mobility, spatial justice, environmental conditions, and other major issues in near-future urban contexts.” 

A synopsis of each team’s work, after the break.

Esas Aeropark / Tabanlıoğlu Architects

01:00 - 25 October, 2014
Esas Aeropark / Tabanlıoğlu Architects, © Murat Germen
© Murat Germen
  • Architects

  • Location

    Yenişehir Mh., Osmanlı Bulvarı No:7, 34912 İstanbul/Istanbul, Turkey
  • Architect in Charge

    Murat Tabanlıoğlu & Melkan Gürsel Tabanlıoğlu
  • Design Team

    Murat Cengiz, Çağrı Akay, Seray Öztürk, Selçuk Güllü, Gökhan Çatıkkaş, Aybala Öz, Ayşe Sevig, Mine Alsinevi, Kaan Keleş, Melis Selis
  • Area

    55359.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Thomas Mayer © Murat Germen © Murat Germen © Murat Germen +17

Video: Emre Arolat's Sancaklar Mosque From Start to Finish

00:00 - 22 October, 2014

Earlier this year, Emre Arolat Architects completed their Sancaklar Mosque, "a simple cave like space" in Istanbul which through its humble exterior forms and emphasis on connection to nature, offers a "dramatic and awe inspiring place to pray and be alone with God." Over a period of 24 months, SGMStudio (Sarraf | Galeyan | Mekanik) documented this work, as the elements of the mosque gradually emerged from its steel rebar framework. "While recording the progress of the construction throughout passing seasons, the film aims to portray the building's existence within nature and its percept of space with the sensibility of the structure it purposes to narrate," say SGMStudio. Set to dramatic backing music, "the film dwells on the tension between the technical and engineering-centric implementation and humble and tranquil art of building with its pacing."

Arzum Headquarters / Habif Architecture

01:00 - 17 October, 2014
Arzum Headquarters / Habif Architecture, © Gürkan Akay
© Gürkan Akay

© Gürkan Akay © Gürkan Akay © Gürkan Akay © Gürkan Akay +13

Vigoss R & D / Zemberek Design Office

01:00 - 13 October, 2014
Vigoss R & D / Zemberek Design Office, © Şafak Emrence
© Şafak Emrence
  • Architects

  • Location

    Güneşli Kavşağı, 34200 Istanbul/Istanbul Province, Turkey
  • Design Team

    Başak Emrence, Şafak Emrence, Ece Ilgın Avcı
  • Area

    250.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Şafak Emrence © Şafak Emrence © Şafak Emrence © Şafak Emrence +13