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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
© Yercekim Architectural Photography

© Yercekim Architectural Photography © Yercekim Architectural Photography © Yercekim Architectural Photography © Yercekim Architectural Photography + 75

  • 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, librariescafes 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

18:00 - 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."

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