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  • Rancho Mixer

    Orhan Ayyüce
    Mar 15, '17 3:04 PM EST

    Another competition I have lost knowingly and plus 80 bucks, also knowingly.


    Well, the competition presented itself as the last chance to build a house in Hollywood Hills just below the beloved and heavily known real estate sign later cropped to today’s iconic status. In LA, the view of the Hollywood sign from your land surely adds some considerable cash value to the dream’s worth.

    Obnoxiously exciting as it is, the competition gave me an idea to poke the hyper property market with some free falling commentary veiled in an actual design.

    The proposal is a rotating ranch house where the pornoreal lives are openly hosted around the clock, a low budget version of high end, top of the hill lifestyle choice. A house constantly causing hyperventilation for the nearby stakeholders.

    The final ranch in the foothills unleashes the possibilities of indoor-outdoor living with market rate accommodations.

    Design Team: Orhan Ayyüce, Jose Torres

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  • An Incomplete Poem For Brief Synopsis Of New Currency in Architecture

    Orhan Ayyüce
    Aug 17, '16 1:47 PM EST

    Has the poor become so unbearable that the haves don't want them around anymore? Sure, there is a tiny percentage of low-income units required in the permitting process, but not even close to dodge housing crisis and provide something for the thousands spread around the city living in cardboard... View full entry

  • Istanbul Community Market Ideas Competition: Honorable Mention

    Orhan Ayyüce
    Aug 10, '15 12:56 PM EST

    At the end of June this year myself and team of architects gathered in Woodbury University's WUHO space and worked on a competition project for ten continuous days producing the work for Istanbul Community Market Ideas Competition hosted by Ctrl+Space. We are pleased to share with Archinect... View full entry

  • Gropius and Breuer’s Martini Signals

    Orhan Ayyüce
    Apr 20, '15 1:21 AM EST

    Based on a true story from Ise Gropius herself in 1980.It was a long day towards the end of the summer at the Graduate School of Design. 1940 was a tough year. The horrific war was well underway and the news from Europe wasn’t so good. Though, none of this would impact Walter as much and if it... View full entry

  • MAX

    Orhan Ayyüce
    Feb 28, '15 4:23 AM EST

    We are now entering MAX, it stands for Maximum Analog XIR. Whatever it is to you, it means the whole world to the occupant. In it, all conceptions of minimalist bourgeoisie stop. The longer you are superconscious, as a clean liner, and primping yourself, XIR aka MAX the maximum analog, is adding... View full entry

  • Nature Everywhere Part II

    Orhan Ayyüce
    Dec 23, '14 1:53 AM EST

    If you are questioning what is so personal about these images and what a poor way to observe the nature, read on (some images are from Mars.)Since my birth, living mostly and if not all in urban centers I became accustomed to detect and appreciate their nature. Sure, there are exceptionally... View full entry

  • Nature Everywhere

    Orhan Ayyüce
    Oct 22, '14 6:15 PM EST

    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... View full entry

  • Learning From Michael Asher

    Orhan Ayyüce
    Sep 21, '14 11:51 PM EST

    Haus Lange installation, 1982 (photo from the exhibition catalog)LEARNING FROM MICHAEL ASHERMichael Asher's, the artist, died almost two years ago in October 2012. When he was alive his work was mostly unknown to architects except somebody like Frank Gehry who was his good friend. In the art... View full entry

  • This Your Father's License

    Orhan Ayyüce
    Feb 3, '14 3:38 AM EST

    THIS IS YOUR FATHER'S LICENSEArchitects are highly intelligent people. They are the members of a noble profession who in dictionaries referred as master builders.They are taught and talk a specialized language, they have skills to design and visualize three dimensionally, and intern long years to... View full entry


    Orhan Ayyüce
    Dec 30, '13 5:51 PM EST

    SHENZHEN 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. ... View full entry

  • On the Job; Words, Images and impressions from the Shenzhen Biennale

    Orhan Ayyüce
    Dec 26, '13 11:05 AM EST

    Some of the familiar biennale exhibitions were handled by a second venue near Shenzhen Shekou Port Ferry Terminal named “Border Warehouse”. There were some panel discussions on visible and invisible borders socially, physically, locally and economically. This subject was developed by... View full entry

  • A Brief Introduction to Shenzhen Biennale

    Orhan Ayyüce
    Dec 9, '13 11:44 AM EST

    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. This is my first time in China with a mission to attend and journal the... View full entry

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