Invited by the Department of Interior Design at Istanbul Bilgi University, Prof. Graeme Brooker, Head of Interior Design at the Royal College of Art, London was in Istanbul for workshop and public talk. Looking at Radical Heritages, the workshop focused on a Han in Eminönü, while the public talk at SALT Galata presented a broader overview and positioning for the future of interior design. Can Altay, Head of Interior Design at Istanbul Bilgi University, who hosted Brooker in Istanbul has interviewed him on how interior design, as a spatial discipline deals with the existing spaces, and its role in the future of the built environment (or the world as we know it).
Hulya Ertas in conversation with Cristi Borcan of studioBASAR on the potentials of urban commons and co-design processes with communities in the specific context of Bucharest.
Stavros Stavrides demonstrates how the emergent practices of commoning are responding to coronavirus pandemic with collectivity, cooperation and solidarity.
COVID-19 pandemic reminds us the need for a permanent urban planning approach for public health with a multi-disciplinary approach.
Bilgen Coşkun and Dilek Öztürk had an inclusive conversation with Stockholm based architect Rahel Belatchew about how architecture of today can be a powerful tool to unite the society through flexible design concepts and re-thinking sustainability with functionality which is beyond the material.
Sebnem Soher’s conversation with Diogo Dias Coutinho and Mariana Dias Coutinho of CLARA – Center for Rural Future focuses on the potentials of the Odemira region in welcoming creative and artistic practices to solve the issue of desertification of the area.
Sebnem Soher talked with Sebastiao de Botton from Colectivo Warehouse on co-creating, self-critique and the afterlife of spaces.
Şeyda Özcan and In-Between Design Platform talked with Linda Pettersson about enhancing people’s quality of life in their everyday life through biophilic design.
Bilgen Coşkun and Dilek Öztürk talked with sociologist and Living Cities member Jennie Björstad, about social inclusion, “yes culture” and the role volunteers for urban development.
Bilgen Coşkun and Dilek Öztürk talked with architects and urban planners Christelle Lahoud, Pontus Westerberg and Klas Groth from UN-Habitat about designing smart cities through participatory planning approaches.
Bilge Bal and Bahar Avanoğlu talked with Mario Carpo on the first year design studios as the foundation of architectural education and the role of computational design tools in the field.
Melis Uğurlu commentates on her unique experience of Elephant West, a gallery that relieves visitors from the fatigue of white cubes
Curated by Angeli Sachs, Social Design exhibition in the Museum for Gestaltung Zurich aims to discuss implications of growth economy on human beings, environment and design. Banu Çiçek Tülü reviewed the exhibition as a good example of inclusiveness in a country where democratic design processes emerge in urban scale.
Sebnem Soher talked with Tiago Mota Saraiva, one of the members of architectural cooperative Ateliermob, about building collective know-how and networks that bring stakeholders together.
Associate curators of 4th Istanbul Design Biennial Nadine Botha and Vera Sacchetti talks to XXI about the theme of "A School of Schools", selected projects and public program.
Aslı Çiçek talks to XXI about 4th İstanbul Design Biennial's exhibition design and how it was implemented in various spaces.