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As part of the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial, the newly created e-flux Architecture, a division of the online art publication e-flux, is curating a reading room exhibition and series of written works that will also be available online. Under the title Superhumanity, editors Beatriz Colomina, Nikolaus Hirsch, Anton Vidokle, and Mark Wigley have gathered over 50 writers, scientists, artists, architects, designers, philosophers, historians, archeologists, and anthropologists to comment on the biennial’s theme, Are We Human?. Since September, e-flux Architecture has been publishing essays that explore the relationship between design and humanity. Contributors to Superhumanity include Andrew Herscher, Keller Easterling, Joseph Grima, Sanford Kwinter, and Liam Young.
Co-editor Nikolaus Hirsch explained the driving inquiry behind the project, and the breadth of design that was being examined. “Our question is: What is design today? Who designed the lives we live today? How does one contribute to such a world in which design is almost everywhere, not only in the newest chair but in online identities, personal devices, new materials, interfaces, networks, infrastructures, data, organisms, and genetic codes?”
e-flux Architecture will publish contributions to Superhumanity, on the web, and through email dispatches. The Superhumanity reading room at the Istanbul Biennial will be on exhibit from October 22 through November 20 at DEPO (Tütün Deposu Lüleci Hendek Caddesi No.12, Tophane 34425 Istanbul).
Fourteen miles west of Istanbul’s Atatürk airport on the coast of the Sea of Marmara, a pearl looks set to rise out of the water. Designed by Chicago firm Forum Studio, the mixed-use development covers 1,660,000 square feet, offering close to 1,500 residential units and a 500 boat marina.
The marina comprises a circular array of artificial islands. “The architectural concept derived both its form and defining character from the natural environment of the Marmara Sea coast,” said Erik Andersen, design principal at Forum Studio. “The islands are conceived as an alternative to a utilitarian seawall; they harmonize with, and extend, the region’s natural landscape.”
A “pearlescent” node that projects colored light beams into the air acts a visual focal point and hub in the center of the arrangement. The marina will also include an innovative botanical garden and a Marmara Sea research center that, according to Andersen, will “enrich the community with opportunities for research and learning.”
Low-rise volumes and a host of landscaping features make up the majority of the marina, facilitating undisturbed views out to sea for those living in the high-rise dwellings on the natural shoreline. “Changes in scale—from the monumental to the intimate—accommodate a variety of uses that will include nightlife and entertainment as well as family-friendly activities and academic marine research facilities,” said Andersen.
Andersen explained that a careful study of the ecology of the shoreline context “informed and inspired many landscape and sustainable design strategies.” The “dense,” pedestrian-friendly community is “organized around a network of landscapes that utilize native plants and natural stormwater systems for collection and reuse.” Andersen elaborated on Forum Studio’s approach: “We studied the project as a series of interconnected systems similar to a living organism. Each system informs and supports the other. The intent was to optimize performance in the way nature does with every living organism and every natural ecosystem.”
Currently, the project is going through initial municipal approvals for the land development. The schedule for groundbreaking is yet to be determined.
Inspired by the notions of varying dimensions and surprise Edwin A. Abbott's Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions, Turkish digital artist and photographer Aydın Büyüktaş has created a fanciful Istanbul in his latest project. Aerial depictions of the city turn the landscape on itself—literally.
Using a drone, his photographs have been digitally manipulated to appear as if the city is doubling back over itself creating a fantastical curved world.
Büyüktaş's images can appear disorientating at first sight with the viewer's eye naturally following what should be linear forms that end up being viewed from alternate perspectives. The scenes resemble those from Christopher Nolan's Inception and Interstellar movies where cityscapes are curvaceous, both in dreams and in space.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRT0GGTWYnM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dG22TcpjRnY Creating the curving montages in a flat world was no easy task. Drone's were sent up into the skies, but Büyüktaş had to rely on the weather and wildlife to be on his side.
"So many times I had to turn back without a picture because of bad weather, technical problems, or birds attacking the drone," he said.
Once he had collected all the images, Büyüktaş adopted the much more grounded approach of editing and patching them together in Photoshop.
"We live in places that most of the times don’t draw our attention, places that transform our memories, places that the artist gives another dimension; where the perceptions that generally crosses our minds will be demolished and new ones will arise," Büyüktaş says on his website. "These works aims to leave the viewer alone with a surprising visuality ironic as well,multidimensional romantic point of view."https://www.instagram.com/p/BAQCOYCF8IT/