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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)

Istanbul municipality announced on Wednesday that it will hold a tender for two new metro lines on September.

“A tender will be held for the Ataköy-Ikitelli and Dudullu-Bostanci metro lines in September,” Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbaş said in a statement.

The Ataköy-İkitelli line on Istanbul’s European side will be 13.3 kilometers [8 miles] and will enable around 45,000 passengers to travel in one hour on one direction, said the statement.

Journey time between Ataköy and İkitelli will be 19.5 minutes and the tender for this line will be held on September 14, added the statement.

Topbaş also underlined that, with the implementation of Ataköy-Ikitelli line, the route around Basın Ekspres Yolu will integrate with other rail systems including the Marmaray and Olimpiyatköy-Bağcılar metro line.

In this way Istanbulites living in Bakirköy, Bahçelievler Bağcılar, Küçükçekmeceand Başakşehir will be able to use the lines, said Topbaş.

The Dudullu-Bostancı line on Istanbul’s Asian side will be 14.2 kilometers [9 miles] and will have the capacity to carry 45,000 passengers in an hour.

The tender for this line will be held on September 10. The journey between Dudullu and Bostancı will take 21 minutes, said the statement.

Topbaş also added that the Dudullu-Bostancı line will cross Maltepe, Kadiköy, Ataşehir and Ümraniye and will connect with the Kadiköy-Kartal metro line and Üsküdar-Ümraniye-Sancaktepe-Çekmeköy metro lines.

The Istanbul Chamber of Industry announced that Turkish oil refiner Tupraş, the majority stake in which is owned by Turkish conglomerate Koç Holding has again topped the list of the Top 500 Turkish companies for 2012.

Tupraş, which posted over TRL 40 billion in sales was followed by Ford Otomotiv, a JVe of Turkish Koç and Ford with more than TRL 8 billion of sales and Oyak Renault, a JV of Turkey’s Oyak and carmaker Renault with around TRL 7.5 billion in sales.

The biggest three companies were followed by Arçelik, another Koç Group company which produces appliances, Turkish state power company EUAS, Tofas which is jointly owned by Turkish Koç Holding and Fiat, Iskenderun Iron and Steel Company, Eregli Iron and Steel Company steel producer IÇDAS and Aygaz, a Koç Holding company.

The sales from production of the companies in the Top 500 list reached TRL 353.6 billion in 2012, a 9.2% increase in comparison to the same figure in 2011. The total profits of the top 500 companies reached TRL 24.1 billion in 2012, good for a 6.3% increase.

The Turkish Petroleum Corporation was the country’s most profitable company in 2012 with around TRL 1.5 billion in profit but the company failed to break into the top 10 list.

Top Ten companies include:
1. Tüpraş (TRL 40 billion)
2. Ford Otomotiv (TRL 8 billion)
3. Oyak Renault (TRL 7.5 billion)
4. Arçelik (TRL 7.2 billion)
5. Turkish state power company EUAS (TRL 6.9 billion)
6. Tofaş (TRL 5.6 billion)
7. İskenderun Iron and Steel Company (TRL 5.4 billion)
8. Eregli Iron and Steel Company (TRL 5.1 billion)
9. ICDAS (TRL 4.9 billion)
10. Aygaz (TRL 4.7 billion).

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