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 Photography: Iwan Baan

Open City Istanbul

Open City Istanbul is an exhibition with critical projects and positions by architects, urbanists, artists and activists. The three-stringed exhibition is curated by Philipp Misselwitz and Can Altay in cooperation with the 4th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam IABR "Open City - Designing Coexistence":

"Refuge" can imply a safe haven, or the notion of forced displacement, producing spaces that can range from luxurious resorts to overcrowded refugee camps. Spaces of refuge are generated by the desire or necessity to withdraw from the city, to keep out intruders, or to protect and control those inside. In our societies, protective isolation is as necessary as openness, yet when refuge dominates, urbanity is at risk. Focusing on cities in Turkey and the Middle East, this exhibition approaches spaces of refuge from opposing angles: as threats to urbanity that need to be prevented or dismantled, and as intimate, but still undeveloped forms of the Open City.

Selva Gürdoğan, Gregers Tang Thomsen, Matthias Poen

Type: Exhibition Design
Size: 600 m2
Client: Depo Istanbul
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Status: Completed