Design and Architecture’s Autumn Aganda in the City

Istanbul greets autumn with a vibrant design and architecture agenda.

5th Istanbul Design Biennial organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) will open on 15 October. Under the title ‘Empathy Revisited: Designs for more than one’ the biennial will take place at Pera Museum and ARK Kültür.

In addition, the two-stage evaluation made by the jury in the Taksim Urban Design Competition held by the İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality is completed. Three projects have won an equivalent prize in the competition while 5 projects were awarded with honorable mentions. Istanbulites will now choose their favorite among three equivalent projects by taking part in the vote with their ID numbers.

Meanwhile the announcement of the Istanbul Festival of Architecture, the new architectural event of the city, is made recently. The theme of the festival’s first edition, which will take place on 5-11 December 2020, has been announced as ‘paradigm shift’. The festival also made an open-call until November 2nd for the add-on events within the programme.

Curated by Mariana Pestana with Sumitra Upham (Curator of Programmes) and Billie Muraben (Assistant Curator & Deputy Editor), and organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) with the support of Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism and under the sponsorship of VitrA, the 5th Istanbul Design Biennial will open on 15 October 2020. With a new structure that brings together different formats of display, the biennial will be held under the title Empathy Revisited: Designs for more than one with participants from various countries and disciplines intervening in exhibition venues, outdoor spaces and digital platforms.

With the aim of carving out a space of responsibility and developing a culture of attachment towards the more-than-human, this Biennial puts forward a proposition: designs for more than one. Working collaboratively with designers, artists, architects, activists and thinkers, the biennial explores designs for multiple bodies, dimensions, and perspectives. The projects that the biennial presents encourage us to rethink practices of care and civility at this critical moment in time, and to collectively build new systems and structures for re-connecting. (Resource: Istanbul Design Biennial)

Program detayları için: https://tasarimbienali.iksv.org/en/news/new-dates-format-and-participants-of-the-5th-istanbul-design-biennial-announced

Another event closely followed by the design and architecture community in the city was Taksim Urban Design Competition. The Competition held by the İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality was completed on September 20. In total 146 applications has been made from Turkey and abroad for the competition declared in March 2020. After a preparation phase for nearly six months, the competition was announced to the public on March 2, 2020. While the competition covered Taksim Square, Gezi Park and its surrounding area (of approximately 160 thousand square meters), it was held in two stages.The jury members, consisted of Zeynep Ahunbay, İpek Akpınar Aksugür, Arman Akdoğan, Can Kubin, Arzu Nuhoğlu and Kerem Piker as well as Manuel de Rivero and Rainer Schmidt. The three projects have won an equivalent prize are project 15 by Şerif Süveydan and his team,  project 16 by Bünyamin Derman and his team and project 19  by Kutlu İnanç Bal and his team. These three winning projects will be voted by İstanbulites.

For information: https://konkur.istanbul/en/taksim/index.html


Another exciting announcement was the Istanbul Festival of Architecture, which will be held for the first time in the coming months. The Festival, which will take place from December 5-11, was launched online on October 5.

The theme of the first year of the festival, organized in collaboration with The Circle, an architecture-focused culture, art and research platform, and Binat Communication & Consultancy, which makes architectural publishing and sectoral communication projects, is the ‘paradigm shift’. With this theme, the festival aims to pursue the reflections of new concepts in architectural language in the space.

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