Proposing an architecture and urban design center in Istanbul is a prime opportunity to address the social, spatial, and urban isolation of architecture schools throughout the world. Beginning with the Ecole de Beaux Arts in Paris, architecture schools have traditionally fostered an environment of social isolation founded on esoteric design principles far removed from the knowledge of the general public. In an age of increasingly vital cross-disciplinary studies, the architecture school can no longer be treated as an insular academy. An architectural center that engages the existing Santral community and the larger regional art network of Istanbul is the only way for the institute to have a maximum effect on the city’s future development.
Status: School Project
Location: Istanbul, Turkey