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5th Istanbul Design Biennial Opens to the Public

The 5th Istanbul Design Biennial has opened to the public, both digitally and physically. Curated by Mariana Pestana with Sumitra Upham and Billie Muraben, the Biennial brings together different formats of display under the theme Empathy Revisited. The biennial launches with interventions in a range of exhibition venues, outdoor spaces in Istanbul and digital platforms.

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Özyeğin University Faculty of Architecture and Design / ARK-itecture

© Ibrahim Ozbunar© Ibrahim Ozbunar© Ibrahim Ozbunar© Ibrahim Ozbunar+ 28

İstanbul, Turkey

Arter Museum / Grimshaw

© Quintin Lake© Quintin Lake© Quintin Lake© Quintin Lake+ 33

  • Architects: Grimshaw
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  17050
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Dinesen, Fibrobeton, Microstation, Robert McNeel & Associates

5th Istanbul Design Biennial Announces Participants and New Dates

New details have been released on the 5th Istanbul Design Biennial. Curated by Mariana Pestana with Sumitra Upham and Billie Muraben, the Biennial aims to open on October 15, 2020. A new structure will bring together different formats of display under the theme Empathy Revisited, and the designs will include interventions in a range of exhibition venues, outdoor spaces and digital platforms.

İyziPark Office Complex / Ahmet Alatas Workshop

© Ali Bekman© Ali Bekman© Ali Bekman© Ali Bekman+ 49

  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  8000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Kasso, Nurus, Rhino, Trimble Navigation

Marmara Forum Cloud Playground / Carve

© Asli Dayioglu© Asli Dayioglu© Asli Dayioglu© Asli Dayioglu+ 40

  • Architects: Carve
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  400
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020

A Psychiatric Hospital and an Alternative Public Workspace: 10 Unbuilt Projects Submitted by our Readers

Focusing on competition entries, this week’s curated selection of the best-unbuilt architecture from our readers' submissions, highlights projects from across the globe, presented part of international contests. Some are winners, some are not but all of the featured schemes have an intriguing conceptual approach, and a different story to tell.

Tackling diverse programming, the entries include an urban public housing proposal in South Korea, the Dianju Village Library in China and a new Future-Oriented Neighborhood in Finland combining urban and sustainable living. Moreover, the article showcases rare and unconventional functions like a hospital for psychiatry & neurological diseases in Turkey and an intervention on a famed Oscar Niemeyer site.

Open Call: Taksim Urban Design Competition

“Istanbul Is Yours” is the main principle as the Istanbul Metropolitan
Municipality announces a series of urban design competitions for the public
spaces of the city, prioritizing a participatory approach at every stage of the
process. Public spaces must be lively, accessible, free, cheerful, peaceful and
secure places where people can breathe and form democratic and social
relationships. The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality will shape the design
principles of Istanbul’s public spaces by consulting stakeholders, and listening
to the needs and views of the people of the city at events organized under the
theme “Istanbul Regains Its Public Spaces”.

In addition to these participatory works carried out for each of

Petrol Ofisi Headquarters / Lagranja Design

© Ali Bekman© Ali Bekman© Ali Bekman© Ali Bekman+ 30

  • Architects: Lagranja Design
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  8400
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Akdo, EGE, Kale, Scheucher, Vescom, +10

Petra Coffeebar / GEO_ID

© Emre Dörter© Emre Dörter© Emre Dörter© Emre Dörter+ 11

Istanbul, Turkey
  • Architects: GEO_ID
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  46
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Adobe, Coffee Equipment- Modbar, Corona, Lighting Consultant- Ali Berkman, +1

Discover Istanbul's Architecture Studios Through the Lens of Marc Goodwin

Architectural photographer Marc Goodwin recently visited Istanbul to continue his journey documenting the world's architecture offices. He has visited a range of cities and countries, including Brazil, Panama City, the Netherlands, Dubai, London, Paris, Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul, the Nordic countries, Barcelona, and Los Angeles. In Istanbul, Marc photographed 10 offices working across project types and scales. Discover the individual offices and the city through Marc's most recent feature.

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Intertech R&D Building / ERA Architects

© Yercekim Architectural Photography
© Yercekim Architectural Photography

© Yercekim Architectural Photography© Yercekim Architectural Photography© Yercekim Architectural Photography© Yercekim Architectural Photography+ 36

Istanbul, Turkey

Mariana Pestana Curates the 5th Istanbul Design Biennial

The 5th Istanbul Design Biennial has unveiled it’s 2020 edition’s curator, with the election of Mariana Pestana, architect and curator to fill this position. The biennial, organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), will take place from the 26th of September till the 8th of November 2020.

SUPERSPACE Proposes Timber Observation Tower and Vertical Forest for Zagreb

Istanbul-based SUPERSPACE has proposed a new concept for a pocketed timber observation tower in Zagreb, Croatia. Designed to be an iconic gate, the project would be sited between the old and new city. Called Ascension, the project takes inspiration from Zagreb's historical and natural iconic landmarks. Facing the south bank of River Sava, the tower's form is derived from the character of the old town's existing towers integrated with a new vertical forest.

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Mecidiyekoy Liqueur and Cognac Factory / Emre Arolat Architecture

© Studio Majo© Pilevneli Gallery© Pilevneli Gallery© Pilevneli Gallery+ 34

Pilevneli Gallery / Emre Arolat Architecture

© Thomas Mayer© Thomas Mayer© Thomas Mayer© Thomas Mayer+ 18

Şışhane Park / SANALarc

© Olivve Wimmer© Olivve Wimmer© Olivve Wimmer© Olivve Wimmer+ 18

Istanbul, Turkey
  • Architects: SANALarc
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  30000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2014

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

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.