Archinect - Sleepless in Shenzhen 2014-12-18T09:31:46-05:00 Nature Everywhere Orhan Ayyüce 2014-10-22T18:15:00-04:00 >2014-11-15T04:49:35-05:00 <p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>My doctor told me I should walk more often since I am not a sports person other than occasionally betting on European soccer games. He told me to walk exercise as much as possible and enjoy the nature. I was pleasantly surprised when I start to walk every day and be with the nature that surround us everywhere. 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When he was alive his work was mostly unknown to architects except somebody like Frank Gehry who was his good friend. In the art world, he was a hero and mentor to many art students with highly creative, fully engaging works and intensely figured out in-situ art installations. His teaching at Cal Arts was legendary. As an architecture student, I was introduced to his work by his lifelong friend and fellow artist John Knight, who was my teacher at SCI Arc in late 70's and early 80's.</p><p>As Duchamp did with his readymades, Michael Asher also sought to connect art with people. In Asher's case they were decidedly more direct interdependencies between art and architecture.</p><p>What made Michael Asher extremely relevant to architecture has to do with his work in its spatial concerns and their contextual narratives, particularly site spe...</p> This Your Father's License Orhan Ayyüce 2014-02-03T03:38:00-05:00 >2014-02-19T10:43:47-05:00 <p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>THIS IS YOUR FATHER'S LICENSE</strong></p><p>Architects are highly intelligent people. They are the members of a noble profession who in dictionaries referred as master builders.</p><p>They are taught and talk a specialized language, they have skills to design and visualize three dimensionally, and intern long years to be called as &ldquo;architects&rdquo; after passing series of examinations in order to legally practice &ldquo;architecture.&rdquo;</p><p>I am an architect, thanks to membership fee paying institution I work for, an AIA member, and over the years I have gone through all those rigorous checkpoints to get there.</p><p>I can legally design any building from houses to skyscrapers, sign and seal the drawings of those buildings, taking full responsibility of their design.</p><p>My professional training and expertise almost guarantees that they won't fail under most circumstances and I am the captain of the team consisting of many hardhat wearing professionals and builders who ask questions about the building under construction and look at m...</p> SHENZHEN Orhan Ayyüce 2013-12-30T17:51:00-05:00 >2014-01-06T21:48:58-05:00 <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> SHENZHEN</p> <p> I am sympathetic to Shenzhen from its occupation. A port city like the one I grew up in. I feel like I know its tricks, talents and aura, even if I am wrong. I don't know Shenzhen that much face to face, I know something in her DNA, which makes me more relaxed about exploring it.&nbsp;</p> <p> It would have been a shame but almost left Shenzhen without seeing its urban core. Just as I was climbing the stairs and say goodbye to Value Factory where I start to get used to hanging out, watching people and enjoying americanos made by local coffee baristas in training, I finally ran into someone I knew, Gregers Thomsen of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Superpool</a> from Istanbul who was there to ran a workshop for MoMA with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Constantin Petcou</a> of Rhizomatic and Translocal Cultures. They were going to explore the urban core and the arts district of Shenzen with two architecture students from Macau, the former Portuguese colony and Las Vegas of the East. I joined them and explored the city's metro and neighborhoods takin...</p> On the Job; Words, Images and impressions from the Shenzhen Biennale Orhan Ayyüce 2013-12-26T11:05:00-05:00 >2013-12-30T21:10:01-05:00 <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Some of the familiar biennale exhibitions were handled by a second venue near Shenzhen Shekou Port Ferry Terminal named &ldquo;Border Warehouse&rdquo;.<br> There were some panel discussions on visible and invisible borders socially, physically, locally and economically. This subject was developed by the Curators/Academic Directors Li Xiangning and Jeffrey Johnson.<br> I just listened part of the discussion on the divides and took a single note when a speaker, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stefan Al</a>, elaborated on the phrase &ldquo;I-Slave&rdquo; by talking about manufacturing border and the landscapes of production and landscapes of consumerism. In fact that was the real heart of the discussion or it should be if it wasn't. Global production and its consumption in the neo-liberal sense the real mass public border between rich and poor, liquid social positioning and ways to achieve good life where the architects come in. Can it be harvested so everyone benefits? How cannot the '<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Salty Dog Bites the Hand</a>?' Which is the cargo container cont...</p> A Brief Introduction to Shenzhen Biennale Orhan Ayyüce 2013-12-09T11:44:00-05:00 >2013-12-18T15:01:52-05:00 <p> <img alt="" src=""></p> <p> I am sleepless and I can't get used to the idea that I am in Shenzhen, China. I might as well be in Las Vegas hotel room with a gold leaf framed watercolor print hanging on the wall and a laptop with a spotty internet access.</p> <p> This is my first time in China with a mission to attend and journal the opening of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bi-City Biennale of&nbsp; Urbanism\Architecture</a>&nbsp;a.k.a Shenzhen Biennale in a four day trip as the lone participant from Los Angeles. Normally I don't travel in the jet set manner but I was flown here by an invitation from the biennale's creative director&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ole Bouman</a>, a man of many talents and hats whom I interviewed for Archinect few years back and I couldn't refuse the offer.&nbsp;</p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shenzhen</a> is a port city, like my birthplace&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Izmir&nbsp;</a> and it has graduated to its current importance as a global player from a small fishing village of&nbsp; 30,000 people just a few decades ago. It is a brand new home to 3.5 million Shenzeners who are made up from different nationalities, trading partners and ...</p>