istanbul transitions

Wir waren vom 08.02.2010-13.02.2010 an der Technischen Universität Istanbul (Prof. Prof. Dr. Gülen Çağdaş,  Research Assistant Ahu Sökmenoğlu) zu Gast. Während des von Wolf Mangelsdorf (Buro Happold), Christian Veddeler (UNStudio) und  Prof. Holger Hoffmann geleiteten workshops „Istanbul Transitions“ wurden einige spannende Ansätze und Lösungen zur Integration struktureller, atmosphärischer, ökologischer und formaler Probleme in architektonische Komponenten entwickelt. Teil des workshops war eine Konferenz im Forum von YEM, Istanbuls Building Information Center.

From February 08th until 13th we have been guided a workshop at Istanbul Technical University. The workshop led by Wolf Mangelsdorf (Buro Happold), Christian Veddeler (UNStudio) and  Prof. Holger Hoffmann has resulted in some interesting solutions regarding the integration of structural, atmospherical, ecological and formal aspects into a small architectonical project. During the workshop we have lectured in a small conference at YEM, Istanbuls Building Information Center.

An excerpt of the workshop brief: >>>A part of our fascination with Istanbul comes with the city´s atmosphere as a major crosscultural hub of arrival and transition in between Europe and Asia. The city shows fascinating socio-cultural, temporal and local dynamics. Having been a melting pot of cultures over the centuries, Istanbul today appears as a city of massive arrival and transition accross the Bosporus. Thus the city is blessed with famous iconic architectural, atmospherical and natural sites as well as it offers a widespread transportation system connecting west and east. It is these points of arrival and departure that we intend to define as locations for architectural interventions. Interventions that are meant to mark specific moments of transition at the most dynamic moments of a city. The scope of the workshop will be the design of a “family” of pavilions or follies that are placed at these locations. Whereby each folly indicates a specific situation of transition and cultural exchange at infrastructural nodes or main programmatic events by answering the specific situations with complementary programs or atmospheres.
To question today’s inflationary production of often arbitrary digital inventions, we intend to get a precise understanding not merely of how architecture looks like, but of how it operates. With the research on proto-typical folly-architectures we will explore the elastic adaptability of generic design models – and then develop specific derivatives of these models through in-formation related to varying and specific contexts. With this each of the “follies” will be part of an overall strategy of possible densification of place and program whereby each folly will be recognizable as being part of one family of objects but will differ in terms of program and appearance as the locations where the “follies” take place differ, too. Since all follies are going to be similar but yet different, we propose a bottom-up design strategy that focuses on evolutionary differentiation and processual development of a design. We are interested in the gradual differentiation of structures whereby this gradual differentiation answers performative aspects related to environmental, programmatic or structural/tectonic demands. For that reason the follies are designed as agglomerations of modular structural beings that can be composed and altered due to the specific needs of a place. <<<

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