The 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial opens

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

The 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial ‘The Future Is Not What It Used To Be’ organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and curated by Zoë Ryan opens to the public on 1 November.

Throughout the city and in the biennial hub, Galata Greek Primary School, the biennial features 53 projects from designers all over the world that ask: “What is the future now?” as well as panels, conversations, workshops, film screenings and many other events until 14 December 2014.

By rethinking the manifesto as a platform to frame pertinent questions, the projects question the role of design, its relationship to society, and its ability to be an active agent for change.


The 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial is co-sponsored by Arçelik, Doğuş Group & Bilgili Holding, ENKA Foundation and VitrA and it is held free of charge.

Zoë Ryan says, “Istanbul has a thriving creative community, so it seems an especially appropriate city in which to reflect on the field of design. In an effort to contribute to an already rich dialogue in Turkey and focus on issues urgently affecting daily life, the biennial brings together diverse design ideas from across the world for an emerging set of conditions”.

The exhibition at the 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial hub, Galata Greek Primary School continues over all five floors of the school, an area of approximately 2,300 square metres. The projects imagine new possibilities that can transform the present and invite new potential futures. The biennial features 53 projects by more than 200 designers from more than 20 countries including Australia, China, France, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Turkey and the United States, that propose alternative manifestos in the form of objects, fashion accessories, food, menus, maps, buildings, visual languages, systems, and services.

The Istanbul Design Biennial event space Antrepo 7 hosts the biennial’s Academy Programme as well as other exhibitions, seminars, conversations and workshops during six weeks. The biennial will spread over the city with its Design Walks, How To Do Too Kadıköy Project and film screenings.

The 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial hub, Galata Greek Primary School (Address: Kemeraltı Cad. No: 25 Galata, İstanbul) is open to the public every day from 10.00 to 19.00 except Monday and between from 10.00 to 20.00 on Thursday.

Antrepo 7 event space where the Academy Programme and other events are on display is open every day from 10.00 to 19.00, except Monday. Both venues will be open on Monday, 3 November.

The guided tours are offered at 11.00, 13.00, 15.00 and 17.00 on weekdays and at 11.00, 13.00, 15.00, 16.00 and 17.00 on weekends. The ticket prices for the guided tours are 15 TL (full) and 8 TL (student); for groups (20+ people) 10 TL (full) and 5 TL (student).

More information about the programme is available at:


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