November 16, 2010 - Istanbul Design Biennial - Launch: Why Design, Why Biennial?
November 16, 2010

Launch: Why Design, Why Biennial?

A launch for International Istanbul Design Biennial in 2012:
Pre-event 1:
International Istanbul Design Symposium:

2-3 December 2010 / Istanbul, Turkey

With the aim of underlining the importance of design for production, economy, cultural interaction and quality of life, the first International Istanbul Design Biennial will be realised in the fall of 2012, by Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV). The first pre-event of the Istanbul Design Biennial; an International Design Symposium will be organised at Kadir Has University, on 2-3 December 2010.

Titled “Why Design, Why Biennial?”, the symposium aims to create means for a productive debate on the interaction of design and diverse fields as environment, culture, politics, economy, human, technology and science. With presentations of leading figures from various design disciplines, the issue of design and the city will also be elaborated with a specific focus on Istanbul.

The Themes and Speakers:

Uğur Tanyeli, Yıldız Technical University, Faculty of Architecture
Ali Artun, Istanbul Technical University, History of Art Department
İlhan Tekeli, Honorary Member of Turkish Academy of Sciences
Faruk Malhan, Koleksiyon Furniture
Bülent Tanju, Yıldız Technical University, Faculty of Architecture

Mehmet Asatekin, Bahçeşehir University, Department of Industrial Design
John Heskett, School of Design of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Deborah Dawton, DBA Design Business Association
Sadık Karamustafa, Graphic Designer
Tevfik Balcıoğlu, İzmir University of Economics, Faculty of Fine Arts & Design
Gamze Güven, Industrial Designers Chamber
Alpay Er, Istanbul Technical University, Industrial Design Department
Thomas Lockwood, DMI Design Management Institute

Müjdat Altay, Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD)
Alphan Manas, Brightwell Holding
Cemil Türün, Yogurt Technologies
Berna Erbilek, VitrA
Saffet Molvalı, Eren Holding
George M. Beylerian, Material ConneXion

Eray Makal, Bilgi University
Seyhan Özdemir, Autoban
Levent Çalıkoğlu, Istanbul Museum of Modern Art
Bahar Korçan, Fashion Designers Association
Defne Koz, Defne Koz Studio
Gökhan Avcıoğlu, GAD
Emre Arolat, Emre Arolat Architects
Valerio Castelli, Design Partners, Zona Tortona
Deyan Sudjik, Design Museum in London
Birgit Lohmann, Designboom


The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts is expanding its activities in the field of design with a series of events that will culminate in the launch of the first International Istanbul Design Biennial in 2012.

Turkey’s growing role as an economic, political and cultural center has highlighted the importance of innovation and design and spurred the development of creative industries, particularly in the multicultural metropolis of Istanbul. One of the biennial’s primary objectives, therefore, is to celebrate this creative potential and share it with international audiences; in belief that the diverse viewpoints and distinctive design discourse of Istanbul will enrich the global design culture.

Istanbul Design Biennial and its pre-events will embrace design globally with the goal of highlighting its contribution to industry, the economy, and quality of life; promoting cultural interaction and economic development; and contributing to the growth of design-thinking in the business community.

The call for applications will be announced in the first half of 2011 after the announcement of the biennial theme by the curator and proposals will be accepted internationally and interdisciplinary from all fields of design, from individuals as well as corporations, companies or any other figures acting in creative industries.

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