The finalists of the YAP Istanbul Modern: Young Architects Program, initiated by Istanbul Modern in collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and MoMA PS1 have been announced.
Held biannually during the summer, the YAP Istanbul Modern: Young Architects Program offers young emerging architects the opportunity to design temporary exterior installations through an innovative approach to architectural design.
Initiated in 2012-2013, the YAP Istanbul Modern is part of the YAP International carried out at MoMA PS1 in New York, the National Museum of XXI Century Arts (MAXXI) in Rome, the cultural organization CONSTRUCTO in Santiago, and the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) in Seoul. The jury consists of Barry Bergdoll (MoMA), Çelenk Bafra (Istanbul Modern), Emre Arolat, Han Tümertekin, Jeannette Plaut (CONSTRUCTO), Levent Çalıkoğlu (Istanbul Modern), Melkan Tabanlıoğlu, Oya Eczacıbaşı (Istanbul Modern), Pedro Gadanho (MoMA), Pelin Derviş (YAP Istanbul Modern Coordinator) and Suha Özkan (President of the Jury). The jury convened on November 11, 2014 and selected the five finalists from among the young candidates put forth by nominators from across Turkey and the TRNC. Finalists are Ali Sinan & Hasan Okan Çetin (Ankara), Architecture for All (Herkes İçin Mimarlık, Istanbul), FLAT C (Selim Bayer & Bulut Cebeci, London-Istanbul), PATTU (Cem Kozar & Işıl Ünal, Istanbul) and Young & Ayata (Michael Young & Kutan Ayata, New York).
The YAP International offers young architects the opportunity to design spaces that promote uses such as rest, play, and relaxation as well as host diverse events such as shows, music, dance, exhibitions, and performances. Architects are encouraged to address environmental issues such as sustainability and recycling and to create innovative projects providing elements such as shade, water, and seating that increase the possibilities of use in open-air spaces. Within the scope of the project, the temporary installation built in Istanbul Modern’s courtyard throughout the summer of 2015 will be used by museum visitors of all ages and will host museum activities addressing especially the young audience.
The designs proposed by the finalists will be assessed by the jury in January 2015. One of these proposals will be selected and launched in Istanbul Modern’s courtyard in June 2015. In addition to their respective winners, all YAP partners will organize a concurrent exhibition showcasing the designs proposed by finalists of the 2015 summer program.