BİLGİ Faculty of Architecture attends 16th Venice Architecture Biennale
BİLGİ Faculty of Architecture attends Venice Architecture Biennale, one of the leading global architecture events, giving İstanbul Bilgi University the title of the first university to be invited from Turkey to attend the event. The biennale will be held for the 16th time this year on 26 May-25 November 2018, and the parallel events titled "Time, Space, Existence" held by Global Art Affairs (GAA) will feature exhibition of the “Carapace” project, developed by the freshman students of Faculty of Architecture of İstanbul Bilgi University in the ComputationBased_BasicDesign studio.
Commenting on the event, Prof. Şebnem Yalınay Çinici, Head of Department of Architecture at BİLGİ and Coordinator of the Project, said: "Upon reflecting on how our faculty can contribute to such a major event, we decided that we could exhibit one of the projects that has been developed and installed by our freshman students in our ComputationBased_BasicDesign studio with a scale of 1:1 starting from 2010. We concluded that the “Carapace” project developed by our nine students in 2013 would be appropriate because of the project's authenticity, lightness and suitability for the biennale conditions. We have worked for months for reproducing said project and preparing it for the biennale together with our students who are the owners of the project, our members of faculty consisting of İdil Karababa, Head of Department of Interior Design, Bilge Bal, Caner Bilgin and Ertunç Hünkar, as well as Rahman Çelebi, the officer in charge of production workshop. In addition to the project, we will also present at the biennale our leaflets describing all our studio works prepared in digital format, our digital book and QR codes of our web links. These works have been designed by our lecturers Elif Kendir Beraha and Oğul Can Öztunç and studio coordinators, as well as our students Akın Arslan, Ahmet Berk Hot, Ayça Özgün and Can Çobanoğlu. Being the studio of freshman students where the "Carapace" project to be exhibited at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale was produced, ComputationBased_BasicDesign aims to integrate the high-end design and production technologies to education activities starting from the very first year of academic studies. Designed by Ece Abdioğlu, Ekin Arslan, Ece Emanetoğlu, Deniz Eskiçırak, İdil Işıksoy, Kübra Koyuncu, Elif Özüçağlıyan, Pelin Tatlıcı and Eylül Utkan in 2013 and installed at the garden of santralistanbul,“Carapace” was produced as the final project of the freshman students' ComputationBased_BasicDesign studio. Aiming to acquire a deeper grasp of material, geometry and high-end design-production technologies and developing innovative ways of design+production, the project was conducted as a 1:1 Material_Performance studio problem.”