Archinect - Sleepless in Shenzhen 2017-09-26T17:57:05-04:00 Rancho Mixer Orhan Ayyüce 2017-03-15T15:04:00-04:00 >2017-03-16T21:29:10-04:00 <p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Another competition I have lost knowingly and plus 80 bucks, also knowingly.</p><p>Why?</p><p>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&rsquo;s iconic status. In LA, the view of the Hollywood sign from your land surely adds some considerable cash value to the dream&rsquo;s worth.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>The final ranch in the foothills unleashes the possibilities of indoor-outdoor living with market rate accommodations.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Design Team: Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce, Jose Torres</em></p> An Incomplete Poem For Brief Synopsis Of New Currency in Architecture Orhan Ayyüce 2016-08-17T13:47:33-04:00 >2016-08-26T01:02:12-04:00 <p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>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 boxes, and now, in tents. Semi-homeless living in extended stay hotels.</p><p>Then, the heads barely under a roof working class residents with low paying jobs.</p><p>As we go up gradually, we have, young professional class driving up the market for the real estate industry of agents, loan specialists, with built in and&nbsp;profit driven socio-cultural terminologies like house flippers, lifestyle factor, wall to wall glass,&nbsp; etc.</p><p>Urban design went what Dwelldesign did for stylish homes and produced crass developments, cities went thriving and boosted, went gentrified, went art districts, etc.</p><p>Architecture went phenomenological as if it was not before, renderings went shiny and everything, then it went back to bas...</p> Istanbul Community Market Ideas Competition: Honorable Mention Orhan Ayyüce 2015-08-10T12:56:00-04:00 >2015-08-12T13:33:18-04:00 <p><em>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 readers what we have set out to do and accomplished at the end.&nbsp;</em></p><p>&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>The City Above&nbsp;</strong></p><p><strong>The Ground Below:</strong></p><p>Failures &nbsp;and &nbsp;success &nbsp;stories &nbsp;have &nbsp;never been so disproportionate &nbsp;and close to one another at any other time in Istanbul&rsquo;s long past. Urban transformation projects have been negotiating the city violently and un- advantageously&nbsp;&nbsp; from&nbsp; &nbsp;the&nbsp; &nbsp;perspective&nbsp; &nbsp;of social equity and urban design issues.</p><p>The city above is hardly connected to urban history below. Below are the suffocated stories&nbsp; &nbsp;needing&nbsp;&nbsp; to&nbsp; &nbsp;breathe,&nbsp; &nbsp;to&nbsp; &nbsp;connect and to be appreciated. Above is the abandonment&nbsp; &nbsp;and&nbsp; &nbsp;eventual&nbsp;&nbsp; removal&nbsp; &nbsp;by heavy machinery which demolishes, scoops and flattens everything in sight. Truckloads of Is...</p> Gropius and Breuer’s Martini Signals Orhan Ayyüce 2015-04-20T01:21:00-04:00 >2015-04-27T19:27:07-04:00 <p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Based on a true story from Ise Gropius herself in 1980.</em></p><p>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&rsquo;t so good. Though, none of this would impact Walter as much and if it wasn&rsquo;t for constant war talk by his fascist student Philip Johnson, he would care less and continue his day as if nothing happened and go on and look forward to martini hour he would resume with his neighbor, ex-student and now colleague Marcel Breuer who just built a house&nbsp;of his own&nbsp;just a stone throw away.</p><p>Driving home through the beautiful country road in Lincoln near Cambridge, listening the radio instead of getting upset to dandy PJ was already better for the time being. It was just the right sundown just the right music, his alter ego, Glen Miller on the radio, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tuxedo Junction</a> and the winding road.&nbsp;Martini hour with Lajk&oacute;, aka Marcel, has been theirs for a long time.</p><p>Routine was, Walter p...</p> MAX Orhan Ayyüce 2015-02-28T04:23:29-05:00 >2015-04-01T02:05:09-04:00 <p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>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&nbsp;stop. The longer you are superconscious, as a clean liner, and primping yourself, XIR aka MAX the maximum analog, is adding more. And what's wrong with that you selfish mirror breaking housekeeper dependent piece of purex?</p> Nature Everywhere Part II Orhan Ayyüce 2014-12-23T01:53:00-05:00 >2015-01-01T17:42:57-05:00 <p><img title="" alt="" src="">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.)</p><p>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 idyllic places everywhere but I am happier when I can read the ordinary.&nbsp;</p><p>When detected, as if they are the architecture of everything, they unfold in surprising ways, the city becomes the image and one can start to notice nature everywhere.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Nature Everywhere Orhan Ayyüce 2014-10-22T18:15:00-04:00 >2014-12-27T16:09:11-05:00 <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. You can't miss it.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Learning From Michael Asher Orhan Ayyüce 2014-09-21T23:51:00-04:00 >2015-08-16T12:10:47-04:00 <p><img title="" alt="" src=""><em>Haus Lange installation, 1982 (photo from the exhibition catalog)</em></p><p><strong>LEARNING FROM MICHAEL ASHER</strong></p><p>Michael 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 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>