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New Photographs Released of Istanbul's Futuristic Supertall TV and Radio Tower

14:30 - 3 October, 2018
New Photographs Released of Istanbul's Futuristic Supertall TV and Radio Tower, Çamlıca TV and Radio Tower. Image Courtesy of MIR
Çamlıca TV and Radio Tower. Image Courtesy of MIR

Turkish practice Melike Altinisik Architects have released new photos of Istanbul's futuristic 369 meter-tall Çamlıca TV and Radio Tower. The new telecommunications tower will replace several outdated structures currently in use and support an estimated 125 broadcasting transmitters. Designed for the Ministry of Transportation and Communication, the project is currently under construction, and the new photos showcase the tower's ongoing progress. The project is set to become the tallest tower in Istanbul.

Çamlıca TV and Radio Tower. Image Courtesy of MIR Çamlıca TV and Radio Tower. Image Courtesy of MIR Çamlıca TV and Radio Tower. Image © Ege Acar Çamlıca TV and Radio Tower. Image Courtesy of MIR + 9

"A School of Schools": Interview with Jan Boelen, Curator of the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial

02:00 - 3 October, 2018

Design, in all forms, is a fundamental part of our daily lives; it's even at the core of the new economy. As a result, design education is such an important topic for discussion that design curator and educator Jan Boelen puts at the center of the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial.

As the curator of the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial, together with associate curators Vera Sacchetti and Nathine Botha, Boelen questions the role of education in design today -- just as the Bauhaus celebrates 100 years.

In a rapidly changing world with an uncertain future we cannot anticipate what will happen in the next few years, nor even the skills that we will need. Instead, we need to develop "learning as an attitude" to constantly deal with change, as Jan discusses in our video interview.

To address these issues the curators laynched an open call with 753 submissions, from which 120 were chosen to be part of "A Schools of Schools". In this strong response Boelen found projects that "are an answer and maybe already a forecast of a new kind of design where speculation, criticality and relational aspects are infusing the traditional design world, that is making solutions for the issues that we have today."

The 120 participations are organized around six schools which occupy six cultural venues in central Istanbul, encouraging visitors to explore the city while visiting the Biennial. Here are the schools and our picks:

The Top 10 Inspirational Design Cities of 2018, As Revealed by Metropolis Magazine

06:00 - 31 August, 2018
The Top 10 Inspirational Design Cities of 2018, As Revealed by Metropolis Magazine, Courtesy of Studio Roosegaarde. ImageStudio Roosegaarde's Smog Free Tower
Courtesy of Studio Roosegaarde. ImageStudio Roosegaarde's Smog Free Tower

In Metropolis Magazine's latest - and last - installment in their annual design cities review, the focus is not on output or culture but on cities themselves as the point of inspiration. For the designers surveyed, these were the cities that made their hearts beat a little faster; the ones that remained in their minds and wormed their way into their work.

Kordsa Global - Sabancı University Composite Technology Research and Development Centre / Piramit Architects

22:00 - 25 August, 2018
Kordsa Global - Sabancı University Composite Technology Research and Development Centre / Piramit Architects, © Yercekim Architectural Photography
© Yercekim Architectural Photography

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Bahçeköy House / Habif Architects

01:00 - 15 August, 2018
Bahçeköy House  / Habif Architects, © Gürkan Akay
© Gürkan Akay

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Istanbul, Turkey
  • Project Team

    Hakan Habif, Setenay Erkul
  • Area

    1700.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

This Photographer Captures the Rainbow Architecture of Istanbul

08:00 - 28 July, 2018

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When we think of Istanbul, opulent mosques and bustling bazaars often come to mind. Architect and photographer Yener Torur focuses on a different side of the city, targeting lesser-known neighborhoods to capture stunning images of a hidden, rainbow-colored Turkey.

Often using friends, family, and even himself as models, his photographs create whimsical narratives where color-coordinated figures act as supporting characters in a playful world of tones. Torur describes the search for these buildings as a "treasure hunt," describing his intention to "document a different, less-known part of Istanbul to escape from the one dimensional and orientalist perception."

Participants Announced for the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial

01:30 - 5 July, 2018
Participants Announced for the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial, Yapi Kredit Kultur Yayincilik, photo by Koray Senturk via IKVS
Yapi Kredit Kultur Yayincilik, photo by Koray Senturk via IKVS

The 4th Istanbul Design Biennial, curated by ​Jan Boelen with Nadine Botha ​and ​Vera Sacchetti, has just announced the participants of this year’s edition. Under the theme “A School of Schools”, it seeks to explore how design education, and education in general, can evolve and adapt in a new age of artificial intelligence.

Organized by the ​Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and sponsored by ​VitrA​, the Biennial will bring together old and new knowledge, academic and amateur, professional and personal, engaging multigenerational, transdisciplinary practitioners from Turkey and abroad. The event will run for six weeks, from September 22 to November 4, and willinhabit ​six of the city’s most iconic cultural institutions​, which will play host to the biennial's many schools, exploring the multiple dimensions of design as learning.

Details about the venues and participants:

Which Cities Have the Most High-Rises?

06:00 - 19 June, 2018
Which Cities Have the Most High-Rises?

The downtown skyline of a city is perhaps its most symbolic feature. The iconic cityscapes that we know and love are typically formed by skyscrapers, but much of the surrounding context is made up of other high-rise buildings. Yes, there is a difference between a skyscraper and a high-rise. Research company Emporis defines a high-rise as a building at least 35 meters (115 feet) or 12 stories tall. These high-rise buildings play a major role in the more sprawled urban context of larger cities today.

Read on for Emporis' list of the 20 cities in the world with the most high-rises. You might be surprised by which cities made the cut.

Which Cities Have the Most High-Rises? © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Sajeewashaluka'>Wikimedia user Sajeewashaluka </a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/'>CC BY-SA 2.0</a> © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/22240293@N05'>Flickr user Francisco Diaz</a> licensed under <a href=’https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a> © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/people/88503995@N02'>Flickr user Younguk Kim</a> licensed under <a href=’https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a> + 27

Jan Boelen and Deniz Ova, Curators of the 2018 Istanbul Design Biennial, Discuss the Future of Design Education

14:00 - 23 May, 2018
Jan Boelen and Deniz Ova, Curators of the 2018 Istanbul Design Biennial, Discuss the Future of Design Education, Yapi Kredi Kultur Yayincilik, Biennial Venue. Image © Koray Senturk via IKSV
Yapi Kredi Kultur Yayincilik, Biennial Venue. Image © Koray Senturk via IKSV

“Today, design has become a form of inquiry, power, and agency,” say Jan Boelen and Deniz Ova, curator and director of the 2018 Istanbul Design Biennial. “It has become vaster than the world itself, permeating all layers of everyday life.” Their curatorial statement for the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial, which opens later this year themed with the title “A School of Schools,” seeks to explore how design education, and education in general, can evolve and adapt in a new age of artificial intelligence.

The team is determined that the Biennial should not read as a two-year scheduled event, but should “reinvent itself and become a productive, process-orientated platform for education and design to research, experiment, and learn in.” The team is undoubtedly well equipped for the challenge.

Koc University Medical Sciences Campus / Kreatif Architects + Cannon Design

02:00 - 19 May, 2018
Koc University Medical Sciences Campus  / Kreatif Architects + Cannon Design, © Yercekim Architectural Photography
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Istanbul, Turkey
  • Lead Architects

    Aydan Volkan, Selim Cengic, Evren Yildirim, Ebru Kefeli, Birkan Kankatan, Melek Altinok, Veli Firfir, Gulistan Soylemez, Ozgur Ozal
  • Other participants

    Cannon Design
  • Area

    240000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Dogus Technology Center / ERA Architects

13:00 - 5 April, 2018
Dogus Technology Center / ERA Architects, © Cemal Emden
© Cemal Emden

© Cemal Emden © Cemal Emden © Cemal Emden © Cemal Emden + 18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Istanbul, Turkey
  • Principle Design

    Ali Hiziroglu, Cigdem Duman
  • Design Team

    Murat Bozdogan, Gulizar Kemer, Deniz Akkoca, Melis Uysal, Hande Sayi
  • Lightning Design

  • Area

    15000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

AURA Summer Academy / Istanbul: Past, Present, Future

13:04 - 7 March, 2018
AURA Summer Academy / Istanbul: Past, Present, Future, AURA Summer Academy 2018
AURA Summer Academy 2018

Architecture and Urbanism Research Academy (AURA) Istanbul would like to invite you to join its inspiring Summer Academy, "Istanbul: Past, Present, and Future".

Istanbul’s Futuristic KCTV Telecom Tower Nears Completion

06:00 - 13 February, 2018
Istanbul’s Futuristic KCTV Telecom Tower Nears Completion , via https://www.sabah.com.tr/
via https://www.sabah.com.tr/

Construction continues on the undulating, futuristic 365 meter-tall Küçük Çamlıca TV (KCTV) Tower which is designed by MELIKE ALTINISIK ARCHITECTS in Istanbul, Turkey. The new telecommunications tower will replace several drab structures currently in use and support an estimated 125 broadcasting transmitters—becoming the tallest edifice in the city.

Topkapı Imperıal Kıtchens / TEGET

00:00 - 30 January, 2018
Topkapı Imperıal Kıtchens / TEGET, © Cemal Emden
© Cemal Emden

© Cemal Emden © Cemal Emden © Cemal Emden © Cemal Emden + 15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Istanbul, Turkey
  • Lead Architects

    Mehmet Kütükçüoğlu, Ertuğ Uçar
  • Project Team

    Senem Akçay, Mert Üçer, Tuberk Altuntaş, Onur Akın, Yiğit Yalgın
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

35th Street / TEGET

02:00 - 28 January, 2018
35th Street / TEGET, © Cemal Emden
© Cemal Emden

© Cemal Emden © Cemal Emden © Cemal Emden © Cemal Emden + 34

  • Architects

  • Location

    Istanbul, Turkey
  • Architect in Charge

    Mehmet Kütükçüoğlu, Ertuğ Uçar
  • Area

    100000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

The Ataturk Cultural Center: The New Cultural Icon For Istanbul

06:00 - 24 November, 2017
The Ataturk Cultural Center: The New Cultural Icon For Istanbul, Courtesy of Tabanlioglu Architects
Courtesy of Tabanlioglu Architects

Murat Tabanlioglu is modernizing the cultural center his father, Dr. Hayati Tabanlioglu, once designed in the 1960s, and again in the 1970s after his first design burnt down. The Ataturk Cultural Center will be the new centrally-located home for Istanbul's arts and culture scene. Not only will the new center have one of the largest opera houses in the world but it will also provide art galleries, libraries, cafes and restaurants for visitors.

Courtesy of Tabanlioglu Architects Courtesy of Tabanlioglu Architects Courtesy of Tabanlioglu Architects Courtesy of Tabanlioglu Architects + 8

2018 Istanbul Design Biennial, "A School of Schools", Launches Open Call

19:00 - 22 November, 2017
2018 Istanbul Design Biennial, "A School of Schools", Launches Open Call, Map of Antarctica (American Geographical Society, 1956). Image Courtesy of IKSV
Map of Antarctica (American Geographical Society, 1956). Image Courtesy of IKSV

A School of Schools, the theme for the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial, will "use, test, and revise a variety of educational strategies to reflect on the role of design, knowledge, and global connectedness" in Istanbul and around the world. Two calls for ideas—one for "schools" and one for "learners"—have been opened to interested parties.

Turkish Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale to Host a Series of Student Workshops

10:15 - 20 October, 2017
Turkish Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale to Host a Series of Student Workshops, © IKSV
© IKSV

Following an open call, a selection committee coordinated by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) has revealed Vardiya (The Shift) as the theme of the Turkish Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. Curated by Kerem Piker, the exhibition will propose "a spatial organisation for meeting, encountering, and architectural production."