Imaging Istanbul/ Şulan Kolatan (PRATT GAUD)

Assistants: Asli Agirbas, Ali Dostoglu, Orkun Beydagi

The studio/seminar will focus on the eco-history of the Golden Horn Watershed and its transformations through the ages.  We will compare a wide range of maps and map-making techniques from past to present to trace its natural and artificial evolution.
First, through historic maps tracking Istanbul’s urban history dating roughly from the 15tth century to the early 20th century. Then, moving onto mediated techniques, beginning with early aerial photography by plane and culminating in digital remote-sensing technology by satellite. An emerging generation of tools including geo-simulation, GIS, remote-sensing, multi-spectral digital imaging, multi-agent systems and automata- based modeling and their implications to architectural design will be discussed.
Finally, students will be taught computational techniques as they design alternative eco-innovative future “maps” and “satellite views” in place of the present-day ones for the entire Golden Horn Watershed.
The seminar will take maximum advantage of its location by consulting local research projects that employ these technologies and visiting their research sites to observe first-hand the conditions being examined.
Fielding Istanbul/ Şulan Kolatan (PRATT GAUD)

Assistants: Asli Agirbas, Ali Dostoglu, Orkun Beydagi

 The studio/seminar will focus on the synthetic and natural forms of Istanbul as a case study for design in an environment of complex problems and rapid change. Often defined as “wicked problems”, these issues are shared by metropolises around the world albeit with local inflections.
Starting with field studies of existing areas, students will record intersections of culture/nature in the two currently prevalent urban conditions in Istanbul: (master) planned and unplanned. We will discuss the ecological and cultural impact of these top-down and bottom-up strategies at various scales of nature/culture systems. As part of this trajectory, the group will examine the relationship between ecology, memory and innovation through contemporary theory.
The design component will include emergent computational techniques to develop a game plan-based urban design strategy.
We will connect with the fieldwork of the Stockholm Resilience Center and EMBARQ in/on Istanbul to share mutual ideas and approaches, and to probe possible new forms of collaborations in/on the city.


ARCH 455 // Istanbul: From Imperial Capital to Global City /Sibel Bozdoğan (Harvard GSD)
Host to the 2009 Urban Age Conference and selected as the “2010 Culture Capital of Europe”, Istanbul has been attracting a lot of scholarly and media attention recently. Given the complexity of its historical, cultural and geographical layers, it is a city that resists any easy categorization into typological abstractions like European city, Islamic city, Mediterranean city or global city. Hybrid and fragmented, it continues to defy all attempts to give it morphological coherence and poses formidable challenges to design professionals. This lecture/seminar course offers a historical overview of these complexities, looking at Istanbul’s urban/architectural transformations in the last two centuries and situating these within both the historical dynamics of modern Turkey and the broader trans-national context of the region and the world at large.
ARCH 485 // Broadening the Drawing-Scape: Matter, Organism, Computation / Onur Yüce Gün (MIT)
 Can it be possible to merge the visual richness of algorithmic drawings with intuitional foundations of hand-drawing? How can the traces that are created via hand-drawing be used in real-time rule-based explorative drawings? If drawing is making, seeing and understanding and above all getting immersed in thoughts, how can we elaborate on limitations and potentials of drawing with contemporary computers?
This seminar proposes a hybrid drawing environment in which computational means of drawings (such as coding) meets analogue means (hand & material) of drawing. During the course of the study students will find a chance to work with this environment if not enhance it, while they produce a collection of exploratory drawings.
ARCH 301-302 / ARCH 401-402 // Campus Commons Istanbul / Neyran Turan (RICE)
The studio project is concerned with the relationships between architecture, urbanism, and territory. To keep architecture from being limited to branding the fantastic icon and to move urbanism beyond mapping research and merely accommodating external systems, the studio will focus on more productive relationships between architecture and urbanism. Urbanism enables an expansive framework and we will take the opportunity to exploit urbanism’s extensive nature. Architecture has the capacity to provide geometry to geography and we will make rigorous use of architecture’s power to provide specificity and legibility. The specific goal of the studio project is to investigate alternative scenarios for the role of campus in the city. Rather than seeing the campus as an isolated suburban island located at a remote distance from the life of the city, the studio project will speculate on Istanbul’s future urbanism by exploring the possibility of a new research/educational campus typology or Campus Commons: a constellation of educational facilities dispersed through the city as open infrastructures.
ARCH 201-202 // Sitings: From Geology to Choreography / Tülay Atak (Cooper Union)
The studio focuses on how to understand and construct space in relation to the body and a given site. We will start with a site in Istanbul; observe it and find ways to record and analyze it. Considering the relation between nature and culture, between production and excess, we will explore ways of repurposing and reoccupying this site by choreographing movement with pathways, points of arrival and enclosures. Starting with the formal operations of addition and subtraction, we will develop an architectural language of solids and voids. We will translate these into constructions that explore tectonics in architecture. The body and its movement will give us the clues to establishing relationships, occupying space and developing architectural program. Architecture will be the means to make visible the possibilities in a site.


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