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Fall 2016 Architecture Juries at Metu Arch experiment new tectonics over existing structures

WA Contents • January 10, 2017 • 1835

Last week, METU Department of Architecture completed its Fall 2016 Final Reviews for undergraduate programs. After several dynamic months and triggering studio reviews, METU Architecture were guided by Dean of the Faculty of Architecture Güven Arif Sargın, Undergraduate Program Instructors İnci Basa, Marco Bruno, a unique roster of Program Assistants and a series of guest instructors.Architecture juries and studio critics are not simple traditional ephemera or a divine stage for students or (...)

Call for Papers: Cross(-) abilities in Design | 12. International Design and Design History Symposium

WA Contents • December 9, 2016 • 1137

Design and History Society calls for papers for the 12th International Design and Design History Symposium, which will be held on May 11-12 in İzmir, Turkey. In the context of representing the other Gayatri Spivak once said:''And I don’t think, really that we will solve the problem today talking to each other; but, on the other hand I think it has to be kept alive as a problem.''The statement can be applied to many contexts of identification. Be it cultural, discip (...)

CM Mimarlık’s Vinero Winery & Hotel explores process of wine production in fluid spaces

WA Contents • November 24, 2016 • 2891

CM Mimarlık has completed the interior design of the Vinero Winery combined with a Hotel in Canakkale’s Eceabat district in Gelibolu, Turkey. CM Mimarlık's interior design principle focuses on the essence of wine production by linking materiality of the interior space and layering production sections as fluid transitions in the interior.The architectural project was developed by Tekeli-Sisa Architectural Partnership, which is one of the well-established architectural of (...)

Bakırküre Architects designs socially-dynamic working space for ING Bank Turkey Headquarters

WA Contents • November 24, 2016 • 1046

Istanbul-based architecture firm Bakırküre Architects has completed ING Bank Turkey Headquarters in Istanbul, Turkey, comprised of circular-led lights, private phone booths, porous suspended ceiling and articulated materials in the interior. The renovation of ING Bank Turkey Headquarters, located in Maslak, a significant finance field of Istanbul, has been designed by analyzing, exploring and thinking outside the box, yet not interfere with institution’s working structu (...)

Sign of the City Awards 2016 Announces Winners of the Most Prestigious Real Estate Industry Awards

WA Contents • November 14, 2016 • 1518

Sign of the City Awards (SotCA), the real estate industry's most prestigious competition, awards Turkey’s best projects in its 3rd year. Awaited with great excitement by the entire industry, the competition hands out awards to the winners in 22 categories. Organized to carry the construction and real estate industry to international norms and promote best practices, Sign of the City Awards was held at Hilton Istanbul Bomonti the other night. Aydın Doğan, Doğan Holding’ (...)

Top 10 Design Stories at the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial

WA Contents • October 27, 2016 • 2474

The 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial kicked off last week with an intrinsic, requestionable and inherent theme titled as 'Are We Human', displayed at five main venues; Galata Greek Primary School, Studio-X Istanbul and Depo in Karaköy, Alt Art Space in Bomonti, and Istanbul Archaeological Museums in Sultanahmet. Curated by Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley, the exhibition investigates the intimate relationship between the concepts of 'design' and 'human'.& (...)

The 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial kicks off this weekend and details about ’Are We Human’ revealed

WA Contents • October 17, 2016 • 1662

The 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial kicks off this weekend under the title ''Are We Human: The Design of the Species: 2 seconds, 2 days, 2 years, 200 years, 200,000 years'', curated by Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley. Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and co-sponsored by ENKA Foundation, Petkim and VitrA, the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial will take place between 22 October and 20 November 2016  (...)

Participants and projects announced for the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial

berrin chatzi chousein • October 13, 2016 • 1638

The 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial has announced more than 70 projects from 5 continents by designers, architects, artists, theorists, choreographers, filmmakers, historians, archaeologists, scientists, labs, centres, institutes and NGOs in 5 main venues; Galata Greek Primary School, Studio-X Istanbul and Depo in Karaköy, Alt Art Space in Bomonti, and Istanbul Archaeological Museums in Sultanahmet. Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and co-sponsored by ENKA (...)

Tabanlıoğlu Architects renovates Istanbul’s historic library with minimal intervention

WA Contents • October 11, 2016 • 1934

Istanbul-based architecture firm Tabanlıoğlu Architects has renovated one of Istanbul’s most prominent libraries, Beyazıt Public Library with its rare books and manuscript collection. Adjacent to Beyazıt Mosque, the library is located in the Beyazıt Square that is connected to the spine of the historical peninsula, Divanyolu, and is one of the most vibrant spaces in the old part of the city.The quarter, where the State Library sits, is infused with historical connections of (...)

Designing Urban Design Towards A Holistic Perspective Symposium announces programme

WA Contents • October 1, 2016 • 9534

International Symposium on Urban DesignDesigning Urban Design Towards A Holistic Perspective4-5 October, 2016 Middle East Technical University, Ankara, TurkeyMETU Faculty of Architecture will host an international urban design symposium exploring multi-layered doctrines and perspectives of urban design processes on a global scale. METUDSYMP announced the detailed programme of the symposium- can be downloaded from here.War and peace, segregation and integration, individuality and collec (...)

Fragmented blocks for Çaycuma Science Center preserve the green fabric designed by ONZ Architects

WA Contents • August 11, 2016 • 3654

Fragmented blocks, multiple urban terraces, sculptural ramps, colourful vertical circulation path creates a vivid, dynamic and playful environment for the new Çaycuma Science Center in Turkey, designed by ONZ Architects.  ONZ Architects' proposal is based on different design approach with its open, transparent and inviting structure while other science centers are intended to create a serious, vulgar and inactive environment due to their identities or mission in the context (...)

ONZ Architects + MDesign unveil design for Sivas Kızılırmak River Bank Development in Turkey

WA Contents • August 8, 2016 • 3012

ONZ Architects and MDesign have unveiled their winning-design proposal for Sivas Kızılırmak River Bank Development Urban Design & Architectural Competition, the team has won 3rd prize in the competition with their curvaceous-formed and flexible structures. The competition was opened by the Sivas Municipality for the design of 6 million square meters of land by the Kızılırmak River in Sivas. Kızılırmak is the longest river entirely within Turkey and until today it acted as a barrier (...)

Building Office reveals multipartite design for Planetarium in Turkey

WA Contents • August 2, 2016 • 3389

Los Angeles, Dubai and Turkey based architecture firm Building Office has revealed its proposal for Planetarium, which will be located in the city of Kirsehir of Turkey. The project features many different geometrical forms that are embedded into plan according to different programmes. A structural framework wraps up those elements as a fixing architectural structure, which turns into a new sculptural artistic piece in the context.The internal organization and the look of the Cacebey M (...)

Datca House made of local stone in Turkey designed by Motto Architecture

WA Contents • July 25, 2016 • 3262

Turkey-based architecture studio Motto Architecture has proposed a family house made out of a local stone while adding new functions to the house including passive ventilation, storage and bookshelf to enhance daily life in the house.The house lies on a low density summer house neighborhood overlooking the Mediterranean Sea in Datça, Turkey. The house makes the most of the beautiful Mediterranean views by positioning spaces with intense daily use on the southern façade.A hall in th (...)

SO? designed a suspended public garden in Istanbul’s Ortakoy Square

WA Contents • June 13, 2016 • 2038

Istanbul-based architecture practice SO?, led by Sevince Bayrak and Oral Goktas, installed an interactive sky garden in Istanbul's Ortaköy Square, which is one of the most touristic and busiest squares in the city. The design studio installs an interactive sky garden on the ground in such a congested area would reduce the walkable surface and make the square even more dense. SO? proposed to hang the garden while keeping the ground still accessible.  The architecture stud (...)

Prof. Suha Ozkan and Prof. Richard Plunz launch ’Turgutreis 1974’ at Studio X Istanbul on June 4

WA Contents • June 4, 2016 • 1455

Turgutreis 1974, a publication that Richard Plunz, a leading figure in housing and urban design, and Suha Ozkan, Deputy and Secretary General of the Aga Khan Award from 1982 to 2006, have prepared together, will be celebrated with a book launch at Studio-X Istanbul on Saturday, June 4th at 4 pm. The book published by Literatür Istanbul. Richard Plunz will be presenting Turgutreis 1974, followed by a roundtable discussion with the participations of Suha Özkan, Alison Snyder, La&cce (...)

A mega vessel at the Turkey Pavilion highlights common cultural heritage between Istanbul and Venice

WA Contents • May 31, 2016 • 2179

The Pavilion of Turkey installs a mega vessel titled 'Darzanà: Two Arsenals, One Vessel' at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice Architecture Biennale. Curated by Mehmet Kütükçüoğlu and Ertuğ Uçar, founders of Teget, and Feride Çiçekoğlu with curatorial collaborators Cemal Emden and Namık Erkal, the exhibition team of Darzanà consists of Hüner Aldemir, Caner (...)

Prof. Suha Ozkan named as Co-chair at Sign Of The City Awards

WA Contents • May 13, 2016 • 1059

Sign Of The City Awards now celebrates its third year for the construction and real estate industry of Turkey, which is held by Hürriyet, the strong and effective media brand of Turkey.  S.O.T.C.A became an important flagship of Turkish economy since 2014. The competition focuses on the real estate business and Hürriyet World will award new developments and real estate projects in its efforts to bring in further value in Turkish construction and real estate industry.The jury, (...)

Top British architects explore the world of Mimar Sinan with Turkishceramics&The Architects’ Journal

WA Contents • May 5, 2016 • 1944

Turkishceramics is collaborating with the Architects’ Journal on an exciting new project exploring the life and wider world of Mimar Sinan, with contributions from leading and emerging contemporary architects and expert writers. In November, Turkishceramics and the UK’s leading weekly architectural magazine the Architects’ Journal took a group of British architects to Istanbul and Edirne on a research trip to study the work of Mimar Sinan. The research will result in (...)

Design Bilkent’16 / April 9-10, 2016

WA Contents • April 9, 2016 • 2183

Bilkent University, Department of Architecture presents a new design event organized by Bilkent University Design & Architecture Society (DAS) , which will be held in Ankara, Turkey on April 9-10, 2016. Design Bilkent'16 is the most comprehensive design event of regular events organized by university students in Turkey. This year's event will be divided into 3 panels under 3 different titles, which will be presented by international and local architects from many (...)