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Weather forecasts reported heavy snowfall and blizzards taking over the whole of Turkey starting from Wednesday. Just as the people living in western and central Anatolia heaved a sigh of relief following the snowstorms that took over cities, especially Istanbul, in previous weeks, the state-run General Directorate of Meteorology has announced that a new wave of snowfall is coming and will stay for four days.

The experts especially raised the red flag for Istanbul and the capital city of Ankara. According to the weather forecasts, Istanbul will receive rain mixed with snow while the people of Ankara will wake up to a white day on Wednesday. On Thursday, rainfall will turn into snowfall. It is reported that most parts of Anatolia will be under heavy snowfall on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

The experts predict that the snowfall in Istanbul will last until Sunday while ending in Ankara on Saturday. Earlier this month, experts announced that Istanbul had seen its heaviest snowfall and coldest temperatures since 2009.

Major renovation efforts worth around 10 million Turkish Liras at Istanbul’s historic Topkapı Palace have started, after deep crevices were found in the treasury room of the Ottoman-era palace in July.

The discovery of the crevices prompted the partial closure of the Ottoman-era palace to tourists.

The Culture and Tourism Ministry had noted that serious cracks on the basement floor and static deformations in the treasury walls went “beyond the crack area and reached the discrete and slit levels.” The ministry risk analysis came after parts of a wall in the nearby Gülhane Park collapsed in April, killing two people and injuring five others.

Measurements were made at the foundation of the building and on its walls to determine the cause of the cracks. Efforts for the static strengthening measurements started last week.

The work comes after palace authorities asked for a detailed examination from the Istanbul 4th Protection Committee, which found that the issue stemmed from ground-based problems.

The expert report said the concrete cover used for the mansion’s dome and ceilings between 1940 and 1960 had put excessive weight on the building, which had reached the point of collapse along with seismic activities that periodically occur in the Marmara Sea.

Authorities say that in its current situation, the building would not survive a 5.0-magnitude earthquake and that a rapid intervention is necessary.

It has also been found that the archive and depot sections suffered from similar problems to the treasury, so the renovation team decided to open drilling and inspection holes in order to carry out soil investigation efforts. Officials will determine how to strengthen the ground after investigating why the ground deformations occurred.

The evaluation of instrumental observations and static results in order to strengthen the ground will cover a six month period.

In line with the renovation process, vibrations in the ground via drilling and inspection holes will be recorded at a total of 26 different points. The renovation work is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.

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Avcı said the rumors that the AKM, a contested arts and culture venue located at the heart of Istanbul’s Taksim Square, would be turned into a shopping mall are “not true.”

“There are rumors that the AKM will become a shopping mall. That’s not true. A new opera house will be built there,” he told the state-run Anadolu Agency on Oct. 18, adding that efforts to develop the project have started.

“It is evident in the Istanbul Technical University report [on the building’s structure] that no good will come from it. Even if there was no report, one could see it with the naked eye. The president has already announced it. There should be an opera house that suits Istanbul. We’ve started efforts on that,” Avcı said.

Located in Taksim Square, the AKM has sat unused for the past eight years. The center, which is one of the focal buildings representing republican-era Turkish architecture, has been at the heart of a heated debate since government officials announced intentions to demolish or renew it.

Avcı said there was a “legal stalemate” concerning the building, adding that it was in a “seriously dangerous condition.”

He also complained that it was “not understandable” to perceive the building as symbolic.

“Is the architecture of it an authentic structure? No. It might be understandable due to the events that have taken place there. From time to time there are protests in front of the building, demanding that it be protected. But that is not enough to make such a building a historic symbol,” Avcı added.

istanbul-finance-centerThe groundbreaking ceremony for the Capital Market Board (CMB) and Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency (BDDK) buildings, developed by the Housing Development Administration of Turkey (TOKİ) as a part of the Istanbul International Finance Center (IIFC) in Istanbul’s Ataşehir district and attended by Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım was held on Saturday.

During a speech at the ceremony, Prime Minister Yıldırım said that the world’s hard cash is seeking new addresses, since the U.S. and Europe are pushing international investors more and more in relation to the origin of their property, and that Turkey is the perfect place for investors. Furthermore, he stated that this is the reason why they decided to initiate such a project.

At the IIFC, which is said will turn Istanbul into “a regional and a global financial center,” 50,000 people will be employed and it will have 25,000 daily visitors once opened. The project is aimed at developing the conditions required for Istanbul to rank among the leading financial centers of the world. More precisely, the project aims at developing a legal infrastructure up to international standards, adding to diversity of financial products and services, simplifying and increasing the efficiency of the taxation system, improving the regulatory and supervisory framework, strengthening the physical and technological infrastructure, providing a training infrastructure to meet the requirement for qualified human resources and creating an organizational structure that will realize promotional and monitoring activities worldwide.

Among the joint infrastructure work being launched in the scope of the financial center include an administrative building, a police station, a health center, fire department, continuing education center, various academic courses, a mosque, a nursery, an underground parking lot and a trestle will all be built, bringing together joint infrastructure work in the financial center for financial sector giants like the Capital Market Board (SPK), the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency (BDDK), Ziraat Bank and Vakıfbank. The infrastructural work also includes environmental planning to be completed in tandem with the finance center by the first quarter of 2019.

The 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial has announced its participants and project titles. More than 70 projects are being produced for the exhibition entitled ARE WE HUMAN? : The Design of the Species: 2 seconds, 2 days, 2 years, 200 years, 200,000 years. Organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley are curating the show that will include “designers, architects, artists, theorists, choreographers, filmmakers, historians, archaeologists, scientists, labs, centers, institutes and NGOs.”

The biennial will run from October 22nd through November 20th at five sites throughout the city of Istanbul. These venues include the Galata Greek Primary School, Studio-X Istanbul, Depo in Karaköy, Alt Art Space in Bomonti, and Istanbul Archaeological Museums in Sultanahmet. The work will also be divided into four “Clouds.” Themes for these “Clouds” are Designing the Body, Designing the Planet, Designing Life, and Designing Time. Each of them takes a look at the changing relationship of design and the world around us.

The show will also include six curatorial interventions lead by Colomina and Wigley. The interventions are the work of Princeton and Columbia students who have been working in seminars for the past year. The interventions will be installed in the exhibition with the other participants’ works.

The range of participants, from five continents, range from individual practices to well-established design firms.

The projects and the participants include:

The Shepherd, Bager Akbay (Turkey)

Mutant Space, Atif Akin (Turkey)

Observer Affect / Observer Effect, Zeynep Çelik Alexander (Turkey), Vanessa Heddle, Elliott Sturtevant (Canada)

Mixed Being, Lucia Allais (United Kingdom/Italy)

Archaeology of Things Larger than Earth, Pedro Alonso & Hugo Palmarola (Chile)

Milano Animal City, Stefano Boeri (Italy)

Window Behaviorology, Atelier Bow-Wow / Yoshiharu Tsukamoto Lab. at Tokyo Institute of Technology / YKK AP Window Research Institute (Japan)

Space Design by Galina Balashova, Galina Balashova (Russia), Philipp Meuser (Germany)

Fictional Humanisms: A Critical Reportage, Marco Brizzi & Davide Rapp (Italy)

1 Brain, 100 Billion Neurons, 100 Trillion connections, Brown Institute for Media Innovation, Center for Spatial Research with the Zuckerman Institute, Columbia University (USA)

Texas City Landscan, Center for Land Use Interpretation (USA)

Conflict Urbanism: Aleppo, Laura Kurgan (South Africa/USA) and the Center for Spatial Research (USA)

The Immortal, Revital Cohen (United Kingdom), Tuur Van Balen (Belgium)

Going Fluid: The Cosmetic Protocols of Gangnam, Common Accounts, Igor Bragado (Spain), Miles Gertler (Canada)

Art Fiction, François Dallegret (Canada)

Human Treasure, Tacita Dean (United Kingdom)

Kontrollraum / Control Room, Thomas Demand (Germany)

Unspoken, Diller Scofidio + Renfro (USA)

World Brain: Automatism, Stéphane Dougoutin (France), Gwenola Wagon (Canada)

The Unstable Object (II), Daniel Eisenberg (USA)

You will not be able to do it, Keller Easterling (USA)

The Designer Designed by the Humans, estudio Herreros (Spain)

Portable Indo Pacific, Fake Industries Architectural Agonism and UTS (Spain/Australia)

A Natural History of Human Rights, Forensic Architecture in collaboration with FIBAR: Baltasar Garzón, m7red and Irendra Radjawali (United Kingdom/Spain/Brazil/Argentina)

City of Abstracts and Lectures from Improvisation Technologies, William Forsythe (Germany/USA)

The Breaking Point, or The Paradox of Origins, Anselm Franke (Germany)

Welcome to the Anthropocene, Globaïa (Canada)

Space Debris 1957-2016, Stuart Grey (United Kingdom)

5TH HELENA, Mathew Hale (United Kingdom)

51Sprints, Het Nieuwe Instituut (Netherlands)

City of 7 Billion, Joyce Hsiang, Bimal Mendis (USA)

MUSSELxCHOIR, Natalie Jeremijenko (Australia)

GUINEA PIGS; A Minor History of Engineered Man, Lydia Kallipoliti, Andreas Theodoridis (Greece/USA)

Anatomy and Safe, Ali Kazma (Turkey)

“It is obvious from the map,” Thomas Keenan (USA) and Sohrab Mohebbi (Iran), with Charles Heller (USA) and Lorenzo Pezzani (Italy)

Embodied Computation, Axel Kilian (Germany)

The Perfect Human, Jørgen Leth (Denmark)

The Anthropophagic Body and the City: Flavio de Carvalho, Jose Lirá (Brazil)

Open Future, The Living / Sculpting Evolution Group, MIT Media Lab (USA)

Maropeng Acts I & II, Lesley Lokko (Ghana)

Memex, Marshmallow Laser Feast, Analog, FBFX, Duologue (United Kingdom)

Köçek Dance Floor, m-a-u-s-e-r (Germany/Turkey)

Glitter Disaster, McEwen Studio (USA)

The Institute of Isolation, Lucy McRae in collaboration with Lotje Sodderland (United Kingdom)

Ines-table, Enric Miralles (Spain) & Benedetta Tagliabue (Italy)

Manchas Mies, Domi Mora (Spain)

An Unfinished Encyclopedia of Scale Figures Without Architecture / Model Furniture, MOS Architects (USA)

Architektur / Räume / Gesten, Antoni Muntadas (Spain)

Nine Islands: Matters Around Architecture, NEMESTUDIO, Neyran Turan & Mete Sonmez (Turkey)

Please let me go, away…, New Territories / M4 with Pierre Huyghe (Thailand/France)

Frederick Kiesler’s Magic Architecture: Caves, Animals, and Tools from the Prehistoric to the Atomic Era, Spyros Papapetros (Greece)

A Media Archaeology of Ingenious Designs, Jussi Parikka (Finland), Ayhan Ayteş (Turkey)

Objects of Daydreaming, PATTU, Cem Kozar, Işıl Ünal (Turkey)

South Africa on the Cusp of Revolution, Martha Rosler (USA)

Beirut Bombastic!, Rana Salam (Lebanon)

White on White, Alfredo Thiermann & Ariel Bustamante (Chile)

Spidernauts… Dark webs…, Tomás Saraceno (Argentina)

The Connectome: A New Dimension of Humanity, Seung Lab, H. Sebastion Seung & Amie R. Sterling (USA)

The Visit, SO? (Turkey)

Autonomy of Images, Hito Steyerl (Germany)

Portable Person, Studio Works (USA)

Archaeology of Violence (The Forest as Design), Paulo Tavares (Brazil) & Armin Linke (Germany)

The Microbial Design Studio: 30-day Simit Diet, Orkan Telhan (Turkey)

Museum of Oil—Deep Space and After Fire Territorial Agency (Italy/Finland/United Kingdom)

Voyager—Humanity in Interstellar Space, Universal Space Program, Evangelos Kotsioris (Greece) and Rutger Huiberts (Netherlands)

The Hand—The Whole Man in Miniature, Madelon Vriesendrop (Netherlands)

Detox USA, Mark Wasiuta (Canada), Florencia Alvarez (Argentina)

Information Fall-Out: Buckminster Fuller’s World Game, Mark Wasiuta (Canada), Adam Bandler (USA)

Delusional Mandala, Lu Yang (China)

Virtual Interior Istanbul, Annett Zinsmeister (Germany)

euroleague-final-four-basketball-final-sinan-erdem-arena-in-istanbulThe 2017 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four 2017 will be held in Istanbul in May, the organization announced on Friday.

The venue which will be used for the event remains uncertain, however. Both Sinan Erdem Dome and Ülker Sports Arena are in the frame to host the event. Further details about the event are expected to be revealed by Euroleague CEO Jordi Bertomeu on September 27.

Istanbul had been the host city two times before in 1992 and 2012, when Sinan Erdem Dome was used as host venue.

Galatasaray Odeabank, Fenerbahçe, Anadolu Efes and Darüşşafaka are the four Turkish teams currently competing in the tournament.

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