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In the contemporary world architects, buildings, projects and books can interact with each other in a hundred different ways. Add to this the diversity of conceptions of architecture. For every one of these concepts, for every kind of ambiguous definition of architecture, the conversation presents itself differently and demands a different answer. The exhibition does not raise any new questions, as it does not speak a new language or present a new form; rather it conveys the old language of composing through an everyday medium – a poster. Each poster carries with it a different vision of the past, of the precedents, of the icons of architecture. This fast-medium unfolds the innumerable possibilities for imagining architectural dialog in the present. The students then recognized the need to examine how an “old” concept relates to the “new” building, how “new” forms of architecture available today revisit an “old” book, and how the interplay of “old” and “new” items produce multiple interacting blueprints for contemporary architecture. Tracking all of these visions simultaneously on a 2D surface is almost impossible, yet it is worth to PLAY!  

This exhibition presents twenty-nine posters co-produced by the students of architecture in the course ARCH430 Seminar on Contemporary Architecture, which was co-instructed by Lale Özgenel, Pelin Yoncacı Arslan, and Nesrin Erdoğan.

HOW THEY PLAYED: Throughout the semester, the students have produced 4by4 posters on selected themes which they related to 4 architects, 4 buildings, 4 books, and 4 “etc.” At the final step of their curatorial act, each poster’s 16 items were re-selected by the newly formed groups of 2 simultaneously through a collective whiteboard so to be transformed into 3by3 posters, this time with the themes they came up with and away from any -ism label. 

| THE COLLECTION |

4by4_G2
Space Event Movement
3by3 Poster_G16
Yields of (dis)Agreement
Architectural Competitions
3by3 Poster_G5
Divergent Pursuits
3by3 Poster_G10
Connections
4by4_G3
Private Space
3by3 Poster_G17
KeyWords
3by3 Poster_G9
EX-TRA
4by4_G4
Pop-Up Architecture
3by3 Poster_G15
Architecture & Urban Design
3by3 Poster_G11
Experientalist Approach
3by3 Poster_G1
Displayed Architecture
3by3 Poster_G7
Human Movement
3by3 Poster_G14
The Place of Function
4by4_G9
Architectural Biennales
3by3 Poster_G2
Transience
Display Spaces
3by3 Poster_G4
Contemporary Envisioning
4by4_G6
Urban Square
3by3 Poster_G3
Perception Towards Nature
Manifesto
3by3 Poster_G13
Futurency
3by3 Poster_G18
Change
3by3 Poster_G12
Architecture & Context
Institutions, Websites, Magazines
3by3 Poster_G6
ex.ARCH
4by4_G10
Public Space
3by3 Poster_G19
Re-Publicity of Space
3by3 Poster_G8
The Shift
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