2nd Istanbul Design Biennial

Preparations for the 2nd İstanbul Design Biennial have gotten under way at the Galata Greek Primary School, organizers the İstanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) announced in a press release on Wednesday.

The 2014 edition of the biennial will be held from Nov. 1 to Dec. 14, free of charge, under the theme of “The Future Is Not What It Used to Be,” covering a wide range of design-related fields, including urban planning, architecture and interior design.

Curated by Zoë Ryan from the UK, the biennial will feature more than 50 projects that explore answers to the question “What is the future, right now?”

Preparations for the biennial started on Monday at the Galata school, which provides an area of nearly 2,300 square meters to showcase biennial projects that bring innovative approaches to everyday designs.

Studio Formafantasma, an Amsterdam-based duo of Italians Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin, Mexican designer Moisés Hernández, who is known for his work inspired by the diverse culture of his hometown, and Dunne & Raby, a design duo of Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby, are some of those participating in the biennial.

The school will also host a variety of activities each day of the biennial, from question-and-answer sessions to film screenings. The biennial will also expand to other locations in İstanbul, including ateliers, design offices and shops. For further information and updates, go to tasarimbienali.iksv.org.

The 2nd edition of the Istanbul Design Biennial, with a theme of “The Future Is Not What It Used To Be,” will be held October 18 through December 14, 2014.


The biennial will feature a wide range of events, workshops, conferences and screenings.

Organizers are encouraging individuals from any field or background related to design to contribute. The biennial is interested in receiving concepts for manifestos in all forms, including, but not limited to, images, animations, videos, graphics, diagrams, and/or texts.


The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2014.