Archinect - News 2016-05-27T12:16:32-04:00 Istanbul’s farmers fight to keep historic urban agriculture Orhan Ayyüce 2016-02-09T00:48:00-05:00 >2016-02-09T10:50:20-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If we can protect the old city walls for architectural and historical reasons, then the gardens that have existed ever since the walls were built also deserve to be protected. They are a unique, intangible heritage.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"While urban farming gains in popularity in many capitals around the world, Istanbul is struggling to keep its centuries-old farming plots due to the drive for modernisation. Dozens of farmers face being kicked off the land they have cultivated for generations."</p> Architects compete for new Istanbul airport tower Orhan Ayyüce 2015-12-11T11:50:00-05:00 >2015-12-24T20:11:09-05:00 <img src="" width="444" height="606" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We particularly asked contestants to get inspired from icons of Turkey. Currently we are evaluating the submitted projects and will be announcing the results as soon as possible. - The Client</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>ZHA&rsquo;s design was based on whirling dervishes, RMJMs on seagulls and Safdie Architects&rsquo; on Ottoman geometric patterns.Massimiliano Fuksas based its design on minarets while Grimshaw-Nordic drew inspiration from its nearby terminal buildings and Pininfarina-Aecom was influenced by tulips.</em></p><p>So, everyone knows how to listen and please the client and serve meaning.</p> "Are we human?" Curators Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley announce concept for 2016 Istanbul Design Biennial Nicholas Korody 2015-12-01T15:05:00-05:00 >2015-12-06T21:52:55-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="317" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We live in a time when everything is designed, from our carefully crafted individual looks and online identities, to the surrounding galaxies of personal devices, new materials, interfaces, networks, systems, infrastructures, data, chemicals, organisms, and genetic codes... Even the planet itself has been completely encrusted by design as a geological layer. There is no longer an outside to the world of design. Design has become the world.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beatriz Colomina</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mark Wigley</a>, the curators of the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial, announced the conceptual framework for next year's biennial in a press release held today in a library of the Istanbul Archaeological Museums.</p><p>Its overlong title, <em>ARE WE HUMAN?: The Design of the Species: 2 seconds, 2 years, 200 years, 200,000 years</em>, indicates primary conceptual concerns: the omnipresence of design, or the world as a designed object; the category of the human, alongside and contra that of the animal; and an expanded temporal focus that "spans from the last 2 seconds to the last 200,000 years."<br><br>"Design always presents itself as serving the human but its real ambition is to redesign the human," the curators state in the press release. "The history of design is therefore a history of evolving conceptions of the human. To talk about design is to talk about the state of our species."<br><br>Rather than celebrate particular designers or imagine speculative futures, the biennial will be an "archaeolo...</p> Istanbul's storied relationship to shopping malls Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-09T18:51:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T22:14:10-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With their sustainable growth slowing down, things didn't look good at all for the future of Turkey's malls. [...] With interest in city conservation growing, a popular opposition against gentrification projects rising, and a newborn curiosity for the country's Ottoman-era buildings being threatened by construction companies, talking positively about shopping malls came to be considered sacrilegious from 2013 on.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Istanbul's architecture:</p><ul><li><a title="Istanbul&rsquo;s introverted megaspaces " href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Istanbul&rsquo;s introverted megaspaces</a></li><li><a title="Istanbul's 'illegal' towers to be demolished after landmark court ruling" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Istanbul's 'illegal' towers to be demolished after landmark court ruling</a></li><li><a title="An urbanist's guide to Istanbul: &lsquo;We live in a giant construction site&rsquo;" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">An urbanist's guide to Istanbul: &lsquo;We live in a giant construction site&rsquo;</a></li><li><a title="Gezi Park: Architecture and the Aestheticization of Politics" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gezi Park: Architecture and the Aestheticization of Politics</a></li></ul> Istanbul’s introverted megaspaces Alexander Walter 2015-06-18T23:42:00-04:00 >2015-06-22T20:58:28-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="204" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new typology of XL-architecture is emerging in Istanbul, negating the urban context. These &lsquo;Citadels-on-Steroids&rsquo; rapidly encroach on the city&rsquo;s urban fabric. [...] This might very well be the future of all cities. As city walls and state boundaries erode under late capitalism, the walls are only rebuilt at a smaller scale to maintain immunity from the chaos outside.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley will curate 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-27T13:23:00-04:00 >2015-06-01T22:57:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In a press release issued today, the Istanbul Design Biennial announced that powerhouse architectural historians, theorists and educators <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beatriz Colomina</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mark Wigley</a> will curate the 3rd Biennial, taking place in 2016. Both are based in New York City (and happen to be married) &ndash; Colomina teaches and is a curator at Princeton University, and Wigley recently stepped down from his <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">deanship at Columbia University's GSAPP</a>.</p><p>The Biennial's agenda is to bring together a diversity of ideas and people within the design community to an international forum, and consider global issues from a design-minded perspective. Colomina and Wigley will announce the Biennial's "conceptual framework" in December 2015.</p><p>Their selection also continues the Biennial's trend of selecting international architecture figures for its curators &ndash;&nbsp;2012's Biennial was headed by architects and researchers Emre Arolat (Istanbul) and Joseph Grima (Genoa), and 2014's was led by curator and writer&nbsp;Zo&euml; Ryan (Chicago-based). ...</p> Is Istanbul heading for renewed protests over Gezi Park? Alexander Walter 2015-01-14T14:19:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T23:27:20-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Now the barracks plan has been revived. [...] Will one of central Istanbul&rsquo;s few remaining green spaces become a symbol of consumerist might and the weakness of people power? Activists have pledged to take to the streets should the plan go forward. &ldquo;If this project really comes to pass despite the high level of objection from the public, that will create a second wave of uprisings, and this time it will be more influential,&rdquo; said Eyup Muhcu, the head of Turkey&rsquo;s main architects&rsquo; union.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> Book: The Architect’s Apprentice by Elif Şafak Orhan Ayyüce 2014-12-12T15:04:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:35:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sinan&rsquo;s life was extraordinary, spanning the rule of three sultans, responsible for hundreds of buildings and for shaping the face of Istanbul even to this day, and he was considered on a par with Michelangelo in the West.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In Elif &#350;afak's (pronounced Shafak)new novel<em> The Architect&rsquo;s Apprentice</em>&nbsp;the city is the real star, the teeming bustle of the streets, the whorehouses and palaces, the markets and mosques, the dungeons and bridges. And as the narrative progresses, the work of Sinan, Jahan, and Chota the elephant begins to take on greater meaning, the constant construction and destruction, the endless reinvention and renewal, acting as powerful metaphors. At one point Jahan realises that the secret of his master&rsquo;s success lies not in toughness or indestructibility, &ldquo;but in his ability to adapt to change and calamity, and to rebuild himself, again and again, out of the ruins&rdquo;. It&rsquo;s this kind of depth and breadth of scope that makes The Architect&rsquo;s Apprentice an absorbing and moving piece of work.</p> “Serra Gate” salutes to Taksim Square protests in Istanbul, will tour city next year Justine Testado 2014-11-24T18:37:00-05:00 >2014-11-26T23:34:58-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="362" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Nodding to the Taksim Square political protests in May 2013, the Serra Gate installation by Istanbul practice GAD Architecture artistically interprets and also invites passers-by to examine the influence of urban interventions in the public realm. Serra Gate, which was inspired by the large-scale sculptures of artist Richard Serra, highlights how protesters created makeshift living spaces inside the park and the streets...</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Learn more about the project on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> MoMA's “Uneven Growth” case studies conclude with exhibition this month Justine Testado 2014-11-13T13:03:00-05:00 >2016-02-29T14:59:47-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>MoMA began its "Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities" initiative last year aiming to advance international discussion on disproportionate urban development and its potential consequences. To address this issue, six interdisciplinary teams spent 14 months in workshops designing proposals that investigate new architectural possibilities for six metropolises. Each case study will be exhibited to the public at MoMA starting on November 22.</p></em><br /><br /><p>But the discussion doesn't end there. MoMA also created a user-generated <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tumblr</a> that collects examples of emerging modes of tactical urbanism taking place in the six cities.</p><p>Here's a glimpse:</p><p><strong>LAGOS</strong><br>By NL&Eacute; (Lagos, Nigeria and Amsterdam, Netherlands)<br>Zoohaus/Inteligencias Colectivas (Madrid, Spain)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>HONG KONG</strong><br>By MAP Office (Hong Kong, China)<br>Network Architecture Lab (Columbia University, New York, U.S.)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>ISTANBUL</strong><br>By Superpool (Istanbul, Turkey)<br>Atelier d&rsquo;Architecture Autog&eacute;r&eacute;e (Paris, France)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>MUMBAI</strong><br>By URBZ: user-generated cities (Mumbai, India)<br>Ensamble Studio/MIT-POPlab (Madrid, Spain and Cambridge, U.S.)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>RIO DE JANEIRO</strong><br>By RUA Arquitetos (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)<br>MAS Urban Design at ETH (Zurich, Switzerland)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>NEW YORK</strong><br>By SITU Studio (New York, U.S.)<br>Cohabitation Strategies (CohStra) (Rotterdam, Netherlands AND New York, U.S.)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For further details and images from each case study, head over to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> A preview of “The Future Is Not What It Used To Be”, the 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial Justine Testado 2014-10-23T13:58:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T20:03:05-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the upcoming 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial, "The Future Is Not What It Used To Be" questions the role of design, its relationship to society, and how it can potentially bring change. Curated by Zo&euml; Ryan and spanning all five floors of the Galata Greek Primary School from Nov. 1 to Dec.14, the biennial will showcase a designers' exhibition of over 50 projects that ask who defines the future and how it is defined. But the crucial aspect it explores is whose future could be affected.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In an area of approximately 2,300 square meters at the Galata Greek Primary School, the exhibition will feature more than 50 projects by designers worldwide. The event will also host various creative academic workshops, panels, and film screenings.</p><p>N&deg;40 Workoutcomputer by Desireee Heiss and Ines Kaag.<br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Fruit of the Polish Turkish culinary workshops<br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Learn more about the event on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>!</p> Istanbul's 'illegal' towers to be demolished after landmark court ruling Alexander Walter 2014-08-21T14:19:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T09:43:04-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Turkish Council of State has ordered three luxury apartment blocks to be bulldozed amid widespread outrage. But will it have any impact on the country&rsquo;s unstoppable, and often unlawful, construction boom?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> An urbanist's guide to Istanbul: ‘We live in a giant construction site’ Alexander Walter 2014-07-21T13:08:00-04:00 >2014-07-21T13:12:41-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Istanbul is the city of transformation and contradiction. As an urbanist, I am trying to keep record and make sense of this transformation and am especially interested in its winners and losers. At the moment we live in a giant construction site, where skyscrapers, mega projects and urban renewal projects are taking place all around. There is a gold rush to real-estate development.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Istanbul's new ultra-minimal Apple Store showcases a seamess glass box protruding from the ground Archinect 2014-04-04T17:36:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T21:32:08-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The compact, two-level store itself is entirely under the plaza, but is topped by a first-ever rectangular &ldquo;penthouse&rdquo; composed of four single panes of glass and a roof. Portions of the store are visible through the windows from the plaza level. The store&rsquo;s two glass staircases are also visible through huge glass panes over the top of each stair run on the sides of the store.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>Photo by Instagram user <a href="" target="_blank">orbaygumus</a></p> ‘Places of Memory' to represent Turkey at Venice architecture exhibition Alexander Walter 2014-03-11T14:46:00-04:00 >2014-03-17T19:30:17-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Places of Memory,&rdquo; a medley of work by five contemporary artists from Turkey, will make up Turkey's first-ever showcase this summer at the Venice Biennale's prestigious architecture exhibition. [...] Architect Murat Tabanl&#305;o&#287;lu, the curator of the Turkish pavilion, explained during Monday's news conference that they will be putting on a show delving into three areas of &#304;stanbul: Taksim-Sal&#305;pazar&#305;, Bab-&#305; Ali and B&uuml;y&uuml;kdere Avenue, all of which marked a threshold in Tabanl&#305;o&#287;lu's life.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Gezi Park: Architecture and the Aestheticization of Politics Places Journal 2014-02-14T13:39:00-05:00 >2014-02-14T15:56:22-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="680" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Our task &mdash; and we should well speak as architects &mdash; must be making the invisible visible, uncovering and retracing the concealed limits of the city. We must construct barriers and counter-spaces within and against the processes that tame and dissolve the crucial loci of democracy.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Within a few years, rapidly growing Istanbul will overtake London and Moscow as Europe&rsquo;s largest metropolis. Not coincidentally, Turkey is undergoing a profound shift toward privatization, as seen in the government's plan to redevelop Taksim Gezi Park into a shopping mall with a nostalgic Ottoman facade. On Places, architect&nbsp;Pedro Levi Bismarck examines the plan as a reflection of a larger democratic crisis, following Siegfried Kracauer&rsquo;s observation: &ldquo;Wherever the hieroglyphics of any spatial image are deciphered, there the basis of social reality presents itself.&rdquo;</p> Ecumonopolis: City Without Limits Orhan Ayyüce 2014-01-23T14:55:00-05:00 >2014-01-27T19:43:01-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="218" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Istanbul is still a very pretty city but that is not all. It is also a city in transformation under the impacts of neo-liberalism via the global age of unjust changes. Ekumonopolis looks at these conditions site specifically in Istanbul, called by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">George Brugmans</a> as one of the oldest and, in the same time, the newest cities in Europe.</p><p>Please click the cc button on the bottom of the screen for the English subtitles.</p> Grand Bazaar in Istanbul in Danger of Collapse? Archinect 2013-08-30T13:33:00-04:00 >2013-08-30T13:37:54-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="191" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's one of largest and most popular covered markets in the world -- but now management claims vendors have weakened the structure of Istanbul's Grand Bazaar to the point it may collapse. Merchants view the situation differently.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Gezi Park Monument by Studio Vural Alexander Walter 2013-07-22T18:56:00-04:00 >2013-08-09T17:03:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> New York-based Turkish architect Selim Vural, founder of architecture and interior design firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Vural</a>, has shared with us his design for a Gezi Park Monument. The memorial commemorates the recent protests on Istanbul's Taksim Square against the planned construction of a shopping mall in place of the historic Gezi Park &mdash; which sparked the nationwide <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2013 protests in Turkey</a> (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previously on Archinect</a>).</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <strong>Project Description from Selim Vural:</strong></p> <p> Beyond commemorating important events, monuments come to being through significant ideas. Their bodies are usually aesthetic, dynamic, communicative and distinctive yet beyond all, they are clear embodiments of their generative ideas.</p> <p> It is also significant that all monuments of liberty in history are made of or derived from female figures. There is a soft power, an illuminated fearlessness in their stance, which is not evident in the singularly powerful male figures. On the one hand they are complex, conflicting, and plural and on th...</p> Plans to redevelop Taksim Square cancelled by judge Nam Henderson 2013-07-05T13:37:00-04:00 >2013-07-05T19:00:26-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Can Atalay, a lawyer for the Chamber of Architects which brought the lawsuit, said the administrative court ruled in early June at the height of the unrest that the plan violated preservation rules and unacceptably changed the square's identity. It was not clear why it had only now been released.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Ayla Jean Yackley reported that a Turkish court has canceled an Istanbul building project backed by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan which provided the trigger for nationwide anti-government demonstrations last month, a copy of the court decision showed.</p> Full-Page Ad Inspired By Turkish Protests Is One Of Indiegogo's Fastest Campaigns Ever Paul Petrunia 2013-06-05T14:39:00-04:00 >2013-06-10T20:34:17-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As protests have rocked Turkey over the past few days, three Turkish professionals in the U.S. decided on Sunday that they had to take some action. Turning to their technology backgrounds, the trio launched a crowd-sourced fundraising campaign on Indiegogo to buy a full-page ad in the front section of the New York Times in support of their fellow Turkish citizens who&rsquo;ve clashed with the government across dozens of cities.</p></em><br /><br /><p> For more information on the protests in Istanbul, check <a href="" target="_blank">Orhan's report with ongoing commentary</a>. Here's a <a href="" target="_blank">link</a> to the Indiegogo campaign.</p> Editor's Picks #318 Nam Henderson 2013-06-05T01:58:00-04:00 >2013-06-10T22:20:18-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Evan Chakroff</a> penned <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art Basel comes to Hong Kong</a> a report wherein Mr. Chakroff analyzed "<em>During the yearly art fair in Basel, Switzerland, the city is activated and reconfigured, and art is brought to the forefront of civic discourse. What, if any, impact could the fair have on daily life in a city of 7 million? How would this art world mega-event translate to the Hong Kong context?</em>"...</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <br><strong>News</strong><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a> drew our attention to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#occupygezi</a> in Istanbul <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">where mass protests and battles are still raging over the government plans to build a "Shopping Mall&rdquo; on the site of an historic civic park</a>.</p> <p> <strong>Parad0xx86</strong> shared "<em>I was in Besiktas and Taksim today. Taksim is like a total war zone with windows smashed, cars turned upside down, beer cans all over the streets..All the buildings have anti-Tayyip graffitis. There are thousands of people in Taksim right now and they aren't going anywhere</em>". <strong>mantaray</strong> pointed out "<em>that NPR interviewed protesters today, and one of them turned out to be an a...</em></p> Solidarity with Istanbul Orhan Ayyüce 2013-05-31T11:14:00-04:00 >2013-06-10T22:20:18-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="394" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Last few days Istanbul has been the site of mass protests and battles raging for the &nbsp;Gezi Park (translating as stroll park) in <a href=";q=Taksim+District&amp;fb=1&amp;gl=us&amp;hq=Taksim+District&amp;cid=0,0,1325483538777953039&amp;ei=-H6oUZaqGqj4igLj-IGIBA&amp;ved=0CLABEPwSMAM" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taksim District</a> where the prime minister Erdogan's government wants to build a "Shopping Mall," a kitschy copy of a 19th. century building, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taksim Military Barracks</a>,&nbsp;that was demolished in 1940 on the recommendations of French architect Henri Prost who is known for his work with Tony Garnier.</p> <p> <img alt="" src=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src=""></p> <p> The m<em>orphing of the existing park with grown trees to enclosed courtyard style&nbsp;kitsch&nbsp;shopping mall.</em></p> <p> The decision to demolish the park is really a most recent assault in accordance with the over commercialization of this historic city of 16 million people. The blunt action to send bulldozers to uproot the trees certainly hit a nerve with thousands of protesters who are fed up with government's draconian measures of late, threatening the basic liberties of Turkish society at large and the invasion of the publicness of the open spaces in Turkey's largest c...</p> Editor's Picks #317 Nam Henderson 2013-05-28T19:03:00-04:00 >2013-05-28T19:03:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the latest edition of Working out of the Box: Archinect interviewed Larraine Henning who is currently seeking funding for A Practical Guide to Squatting on Indiegogo. @bawshaw commented "@LandMass - agreed. although the thesis is interesting, this is not out of the box in terms of a career"...Yet Connely Farr disagreed "@ LandMass - yep. you sound like an ass".</p></em><br /><br /><p> In the latest edition of <strong>Working out of the Box:</strong> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect interviewed Larraine Henning</a> who is currently seeking funding for <strong>A Practical Guide to Squatting on Indiegogo</strong>. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Buy a copy of the book &ldquo;A Practical Guide to Squatting&rdquo;, and help support independent art and promote the squatting movement!</a>&nbsp;During the interview, she reflected "<em>I think the most valuable thing architecture school bestowed upon me was tolerance and persistence...School taught me to bear conviction and purpose with whatever project I take on, to be earnest and to take judgement in stride</em>"...</p> <p> <strong>@bawshaw</strong> commented "<em>@LandMass - agreed. although the thesis is interesting, this is not out of the box in terms of a career. half of my graduating class ended up taking similar paths; more as a product of the recession than anything else. these paths may be alternative to the modern career, but not to architecture specifically. i do applaud her for doing what she believes in</em>".</p> <p> Yet <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Connely Farr</a>&nbsp;disagreed "<em>@ LandMass - yep. ...</em></p> Istanbul saves its silhouette Orhan Ayyüce 2013-05-24T13:38:00-04:00 >2013-05-27T16:40:44-04:00 <img src="" width="478" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Three skyscrapers are to be demolished in Istanbul's Zeytinburnu district for interfering with city's historical silhouette. Decision reached by the 4th. Administrative Court of Istanbul and the use licences of the buildings were revoked. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">H</a><a href=";nID=47575&amp;NewsCatID=341" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&uuml;</a><a href=";nID=47575&amp;NewsCatID=341" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">rriyet</a></p> YAP Istanbul Modern Finalist Entry by ONZ Architects Alexander Walter 2013-02-19T15:34:00-05:00 >2013-02-25T21:15:39-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Earlier this month, the installation Sky Spotting Stop had been chosen as the first-ever YAP Istanbul Modern winner in conjunction with the Young Architects Programs at MoMA PS1 in New York, MAXXI in Rome and the cultural organization CONSTRUCTO in Santiago, Chile. Here is now also one of the five YAP Istanbul Modern finalist entries: Tearing the Ground by young Ankara-based firm, ONZ Architects.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> SO? Architecture and Ideas wins first-ever YAP Istanbul Modern Alexander Walter 2013-02-06T16:35:00-05:00 >2013-02-12T16:39:22-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With the winners of the New York and Rome editions of the Young Architects Program (YAP) already unveiled, the first-ever YAP Istanbul Modern winner has now also been selected: the temporary installation Sky Spotting Stop by young design firm SO? Architecture and Ideas reached the highest score with the jury and will be built in early June in Istanbul Modern&rsquo;s courtyard.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Soundtrack of a city: Baba Zula "Gecekondu" Orhan Ayyüce 2012-12-11T11:20:00-05:00 >2012-12-12T12:28:39-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"The new album narrates urban life. It is rather personal music, bound up with this city, there are images of an asphalt jungle and a house that is being built in a city, and we always support the ones who don't have power." -Baba Zula</p></em><br /><br /><p> The new Baba Zula album is called "Gecekondu," a term used in Turkey for illegal settlements built on the fringes of major cities like Istanbul or Ankara. These growing slums, built with the simplest materials, have become home to many newcomers trying their luck in urban centers.</p> <p> One could argue, though, that there's more dignity and beauty in the gecekondus than in the ritzy financial districts now conquering the legendary inner city areas of Istanbul. One example is a historic district situated in the shadows of the Byzantine city wall, known as Sulukule, which has been almost completely torn down.</p> <p> The band opposes the gentrification of Istanbul.</p> Dror's Vision for HavvAda Archinect 2012-09-28T13:00:00-04:00 >2012-10-03T19:16:04-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> New York firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dror</a> today unveiled designs for a collosal artificial island to be created right off the coast of Turkey, not far from Istanbul. The project, dubbed HavvAda, is envisioned to rise from the sea by piling up one billion cubic meter of soil carved out of the main land from the construction of the proposed Canal Istanbul, another ambitious mega project currently proposed to run parallel to the Bosporus. Inspired by Buckminster Fuller, six gigantic geodesic domes will lift up artificial hills on the island which will be covered with residences and commercial buildings for a population of several hundred thousand people.</p> <p> Find a detailed project description and images courtesy of Dror below.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> A century after the Republic of Turkey was proclaimed; Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan presents the Canal Istanbul project and offers to re-visit the map of the city. One billion cubic meter of soil may be carved out of the main land in order to create the canal. Turkish deve...</p> Turkey’s Towering Ambition Orhan Ayyüce 2012-09-17T18:07:00-04:00 >2012-09-18T19:56:36-04:00 <img src="" width="500" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The larger irony is that in calling for a huge new mosque in the tradition of Sinan, Erdo&#287;an may be missing the more fundamental lesson of the Ottoman architect&rsquo;s work. As Bruno Taut, the German architect who emigrated to Turkey to flee the Nazis, argued, Sinan was himself a proto-modernist whose ability to create extraordinary beauty from novel engineering had more in common with twentieth-century German functionalism than earlier Islamic architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><p> In a politically&nbsp;analytical&nbsp;article in New York Review of Books, Hugh Eakin examines the power policies of Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan and his ambitious plan to&nbsp;crystallize the country's image and political agenda via a single building. A large new mosque in classical Ottoman style is planned to crown Istanbul's highest hill. &nbsp;A new mosque that nobody visiting Istanbul will be able to not see. As if the city with many masterpieces of religious buildings yet need another post modern one to refresh Erdogan's political and moral legacy via architecture.</p> <p> There was an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">unofficial competition</a> in Turkey with architects and others expressed the absurdity of the plans.</p>