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AURA Summer Academy 2019 / Istanbul: Past, Present, Future

00:00 - 27 February, 2019
AURA Summer Academy 2019 / Istanbul: Past, Present, Future, AURA-Istanbul Summer Academy 2019
AURA-Istanbul Summer Academy 2019

The Architecture and Urbanism Research Academy (AURA) Istanbul invites you to its inspiring summer program, “Istanbul: Past, Present and Future.”

The melting pot of the East and the West, the great city of Istanbul, now a city of more than 15 million people, has been the capital of two glorious empires, the Byzantine and the Ottoman. With its eight thousand years of human history, it presents researchers a vast amount of architectural legacy to discover and analyze. Join us in Istanbul for a month of comprehensive analysis of the city with lectures from leading experts in their respective fields.

Beylikduzu Ataturk Arts and Cultural Center / SO? Architecture and Ideas

21:00 - 23 February, 2019
Beylikduzu Ataturk Arts and Cultural Center / SO? Architecture and Ideas, © Yerçekim
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Istanbul, Turkey
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Sevince Bayrak, Oral Göktaş
  • Design Team

    Sevince Bayrak, Oral Göktaş, Derya Ertan Şen
  • Area

    20000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Moroglu Arseven Law Office / ERA Architects

10:00 - 5 February, 2019
Moroglu Arseven Law Office / ERA Architects, © Yercekim Architectural Photography
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SO? Unveils Prototype Floating Emergency Structure in Istanbul

09:00 - 4 January, 2019
SO? Unveils Prototype Floating Emergency Structure in Istanbul, © SO?
© SO?

Istanbul-based practice SO? have designed and built a prototype floating structure for post-earthquake relief. “Fold&Float” is formed of a light, foldable steel structure specifically designed for emergency situations.

Developed off the back of emergency assembly points being designated by the authorities in 2001, SO? questioned where people could be housed in the event of an earthquake. The question has gained added significance in the last 20 years, with Istanbul having privatized 70% of the land set aside for emergency assembly. The result was a floating structure that depends not on vacant, stable land, but on managing water. 

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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
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Bahçeköy House / Habif Architects

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

01:00 - 19 May, 2018
Koc University Medical Sciences Campus  / Kreatif Architects + Cannon Design, © Yercekim Architectural Photography
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Dogus Technology Center / ERA Architects

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

  • Location

    Istanbul, Turkey
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Mehmet Kütükçüoğlu, Ertuğ Uçar
  • Project Team

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

    2011
  • Photographs