Istanbul Modern’s courtyard hosts an international architectural exhibition

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

all that is solid

Istanbul Modern in partnership with The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and MoMA PS1, and co-sponsored by Garanti Bank, Polimeks Holding and VitrA hosts a temporary installation in the museum’s courtyard “ALL THAT IS SOLID”, the second temporary installation of the YAP Istanbul Modern: Young Architects Program.

The project “ALL THAT IS SOLID” was designed by PATTU (Cem Kozar, Işıl Ünal), and its engineering and construction support has been provided by Metal Yapı. From June 10 through November 15, 2015, “ALL THAT IS SOLID” will be experienced by museum visitors of all ages and includes events programmed especially for the young public.

The selection of the project was undertaken by an international jury presided by Prof. Suha Özkan together with architectural experts and representatives from Istanbul Modern and other YAP International partners. From among the proposals of the five finalists, the jury selected “ALL THAT IS SOLID”, a design that borrows geometries from past buildings that once stood in the area where Istanbul Modern is located in and crunches them together in a chaotic way. Inspired by the industrial history of the area, the project is both a reminder of the past and a proposal for a more critical view of the future.

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Initiated in 2012 by Istanbul Modern in collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and MoMA PS1, the YAP Istanbul Modern: Young Architects Program is held biannually during the summer and offers young, emerging architects the opportunity to design a temporary installation in Istanbul Modern’s courtyard. The program began in 1998 in MoMA PS1’s courtyard in New York and became international with the participation of CONSTRUCTO in Santiago, Chile; the National Museum of XXI Century Arts (MAXXI) in Rome, Italy; the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) in Seoul, South Korea and Istanbul Museum of Modern Art (Istanbul Modern) in Istanbul, Turkey.

Architects and designers invited to the YAP: Young Architects Program are encouraged to address environmental issues such as sustainability, re-use, and re-cycling, and to explore innovative architectural design ideas providing elements of shade, water, and seating that would increase the possibilities of use in open-air spaces. Providing a popular urban venue for the summer, these designs are expected to protect visitors from the heat of the city, host diverse events, and create intimate social spaces for city-dwellers, all with a modest budget and through reasonable architectural solutions.

An international exhibition curated by YAP Istanbul Modern program coordinators Çelenk Bafra and Pelin Derviş will be on view in Istanbul Modern’s pop-up exhibition area until August 2. The exhibition features models, visuals, and videos of the projects proposed by the finalists invited to the program by the partner institutions in 2014 and 2015.


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