Editor's Picks #413
Senior editor Orhan Ayyüce published the first in a series of mini-interviews for a new feature Touching Base: In which he profiled Volkan Alkanoglu, founding principal of Volkan Alkanoglu | DESIGN LLC. It was a reminder for Donna Sink of how small the world is, as her "husband's company... View full entry
Editor's Picks #405
For the latest edition of Deans List: Amelia Taylor-Hochberg, Editorial Manager interviewed Monica Ponce de Leon of University of Michigan's Taubman College. Therein, Professor Ponce de Leon admits she hates branding and describes how/why the school has "purposefully taken out of the curriculum... View full entry
Izmir's charming DIY floating docks
For months, three architects would meet at the waterfront of Izmir, Turkey’s third-largest city. [...] Eventually it came to them – if you really wanted to bring people in Izmir together, transform the waterfront. But the very idea was daunting: Turkey’s bureaucracy is infamous, and a large-scale project to redevelop the waterfront seemed impossible.
So the friends [...] built eight floating docks out of plywood.
In 1948 Le Corbusier was retained by the municipality of Izmir (my home town) to develop a visionary master plan for the city. He disregarded the historic core of Izmir which is laced with artifacts and buildings as old as 3500 years old and eventually was forced to resign from the job and most... View full entry