PRESS RELEASE: Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP) to launch Studio-X Istanbul.
NEW YORK, 7 November, 2013 - The Studio-X global network of research laboratories for exploring the future of the built environment will add a location in Turkey. Mark Wigley, Dean of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University (GSAPP) in the City of New York, who initiated the project in 2008, will travel to Istanbul this week with key faculty members to launch the newest node of the network: Studio-X Istanbul.
With locations in the lively downtown cores of Amman, Beijing, Johannesburg, Mumbai, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo and now Istanbul, the Studio-X forms a new kind of architecture for real-time exchange of projects, people, and ideas between regional leadership cities. It enables the best minds from Columbia University to think together with the best minds in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Asia - rebooting the global conversation in which Istanbul will play a leadership role.
“Istanbul is a generous city,” said Dean Wigley. “Any time you dig a hole in the streets of Istanbul you discover yet another civilization. In this remarkable multi-layered place generating new modes of thinking and new ways of sharing ideas about the built environment with colleagues around the world is not only an opportunity but an act of responsibility. It is a great honor to be here."
Turkish architect Selva Gürdoğan, the Director of the Studio-X Istanbul, will develop research projects and free events such as lectures, workshops, seminars and exhibitions that foster a new form of discussion on the future of cities. “Studio-X Istanbul is energized by its given context, and seeks to return the favor by stimulating and inspiring the local, regional and global communities,” says Selva Gürdoğan.
Studio-X Istanbul has been in development for over a year and the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation has been active in Istanbul for the last years conducting events, research and design projects in the city and organizing lectures and conferences by Turkish artists and architects in New York. Throughout this time, the School has developed many partnerships with the community of Istanbul, which has played an important role in the establishment of Studio-X Istanbul.
Dean Wigley will lead a delegation of faculty and staff from the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University consisting of Mark Wasiuta, Director of Exhibitions and co-director of the CCCP Program; Julia Fishkin, Director of Development, Global Networks; Marina Otero, Director of Global Network Programming; and Nora Akawi, Curator of the Studio-X Amman Lab. Also participating in the opening events will be Ipek Cem Taha, Director of Columbia Global Centers in Turkey. Columbia University’s Global Center in Istanbul will work closely with Studio-X on developing programs across disciplines, with a focus on the city and sustainable practices.
Opening events are scheduled to take place at the Studio-X Istanbul, from November 8 – 9, 2013. In conjunction with the launch of the newest node in the Studio-X Global Network, Studio-X Istanbul will host the opening of the exhibition Collecting Architecture Territories on November 8th and the Istanbul Minutes on November 9th. The schedule of events is as follows:
SCHEDULE OF OPENING EVENTS AT STUDIO-X ISTANBUL
November 8-9, 2013
Friday, November 8th:
19:30 Exhibition Opening: Collecting Architectural Territories
One of the most significant developments reshaping the intersection of art and architectural practice over the last three decades is the veritable explosion of institutions and foundations that have emerged out of private art collections. Collecting Architecture Territories is a research, and teaching project that attempts to assess the breadth and diversity of such institutions–they range from experimental new museums to renovated industrial, commercial, or military buildings–and to map the effects of these institutions on conventional museological practices and forms of collecting. A salient feature of these foundations and art centers is their wide geographic distribution. They are often located far from the historical centers of power, operating across a new constellation of global cities, and increasingly, a range of “non-sites.” One of the central hypotheses of the research is that we are presently witnessing a shift in the historical relationship between architecture and collecting practices, one that inherited conceptions of the museum no longer adequately describe.
20:00 Welcome by Selva Gürdoğan, Director of Studio-X Istanbul.
20:05 Opening speech by Dean Mark Wigley.
21:00 KONTRATALKS presented by KONTRAAKT with Cem Kozar | Pattu, Cansu Akarsu, Kübra Saygın | Happy Baby Carrier, Tangör Tan | İstanbul Yiyecek İçecek Grubu
22:00 Uninvited Jazz Band with Istanbul Lindy Hoppers with delicious food prepared by Didem Şenol. Talks in English and Turkish.
Saturday, November 9th:
13:00 - 17:00 Istanbul Minutes moderated by Dean Mark Wigley and Mark Wasiuta.
This conversation will bring together a group of collectors, architects, artists, historians and theorists, to discuss architecture, collecting practices and new institutions. This event will be in English.
Studio-X Istanbul Meclis-i Mebusan Caddesi 35A
ABOUT THE ORGANIZERS
Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation Mark Wigley, Dean
Founded in 1881, the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University in New York City, also known simply as GSAPP, is a vibrant hive of continuous activity energizing its longstanding world leadership role in the experimental, the academic, and the global. The school confers Masters Degrees in Architecture, Advanced Architectural Design, Architecture and Urban Design, Urban Planning, Historic Preservation, Real Estate Development, and Critical, Curatorial, and Conceptual Practices in Architecture as well as a Doctoral Degrees in Architecture and Urban Planning. All programs share a commitment to both professional training and research. The curriculum and philosophy stress the necessity of analyzing and challenging the underlying history, premises, and future directions of the design professions, even as students are prepared to become accomplished practitioners in their respective fields of specialization.
Columbia Global Centers | Turkey
Ipek Cem Taha, Director
Columbia Global Centers | Turkey, active in Istanbul since 2011, is one of eight Columbia Global Centers operating around the world. The Center’s projects aim to engage the University with issues, ideas and counterparts in Turkey and the region through collaborations across a number of fields, including sustainable development, cultural heritage and art history, historical dialogue and reconciliation, gender equality, press freedom, education, public health and the future of cities. globalcenters.columbia.edu/istanbul
Studio-X Global Network Initiative
Studio-X is a global network of advanced research laboratories for exploring the future of cities launched in 2008 by Mark Wigley, Dean of GSAPP. With Studio-X locations in the historic hearts of Beijing, Istanbul, Mumbai, New York, Rio de Janeiro and labs in Amman and Tokyo it is the first truly global network for real-time exchange of projects, people, and ideas between regional leadership cities in which the best minds from Columbia University can think together with the best minds in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Asia. arch.columbia.edu/studiox
Studio-X Istanbul is grateful for leadership support of BORUSAN HOLDING and support from the ENKA FOUNDATION.