4th Istanbul Design Biennial: A School of Schools

4th Istanbul Design Biennial: A School of Schools

Istanbul Design Biennial

Design: Offshore Studio.

April 4, 2018
4th Istanbul Design Biennial
A School of Schools
September 22–November 4, 2018
Preview at Milan Design Week: April 19, 11:30am
ALCOVA, Via Popoli Uniti 11-13, 20121, Milan
Orientation opening programme: September 20–21
Various locations in Istanbul
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Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and sponsored by VitrA, the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial (September 22–November 4, 2018) announces "A School of Schools: Orientation," a multifaceted opening programme exploring the possible futures of design education.

Taking place over two days, from September 20–21, the "Orientation" days will see practitioners, educators and thinkers from Turkey and around the world converge for a biennial conceived as a public space for dialogue, provocation and production. Together, they will test and revise a variety of educational strategies to reflect on the role of design, knowledge, and global connectedness in contemporary Istanbul and beyond.

A School of Schools at the 2018 Milan Design Week
The 4th Istanbul Design Biennial will announce further details of its programme and participants at the 2018 Milan Design Week. You are warmly invited to join us for an aperitivo and preview at ALCOVA (Via Popoli Uniti 11-13, 20121, Milan) on Thursday, April 19 at 11:30am with biennial curator Jan Boelen and director Deniz Ova.

A School of Schools will take place across six venues
The core exhibition of the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial will be activated at six different venues, all influential cultural institutions: Akbank Sanat, Yapı Kredi Kültür Sanat, Arter, Pera Museum, SALT Galata and Studio-X Istanbul. These are located across one of the most vibrant and diverse neighbourhoods in Istanbul, Beyoğlu. The venues form a 3.5 km walking route through the city, connected by one of the main pedestrian shopping arteries in the area—Istiklal Caddesi—and embracing the multigenerational and interdisciplinary learning environments that exist within the historical, social and cultural context of the district’s urban fabric.

Offshore Studio designs the visual identity of the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial
The identity of the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial is designed by Offshore Studio. The Zurich-based design practice incorporated its storytelling-centred approach to develop a graphic identity that will evolve and change as the countdown to the biennial continues. A School of Schools’ website acts as a lens into the many steps in the process of making the biennial, constituting a platform where the discussion around design education can flourish and where some of the commissioned projects will be realised.


Media and professional accreditations for the "Orientation" days will be open in June 2018 at aschoolofschools.iksv.org.

For high resolution images, click here.

For press inquiries please contact:
İKSV Media Relations: media [​at​] iksv.org
Flint PR: Funda Küçükyılmaz at Flint Istanbul: funda.kucukyilmaz [​at​] flint-pr.com / T +90 533 496 48 14
or Emily Saunders at Flint London: emily.saunders [​at​] flint-pr.com / T +44 7914 817 795

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