Over the last year, leading architects from around the globe have researched and developed concepts to help urban mobility in their specific cities. Audi invited i-D to the first ever Istanbul Design Biennial to hear their proposals for the future of the world!
A city with immeasurable layers of culture, development and energy, the Biennial’s theme of ‘imperfection’ seems entirely apt. The first of the two key exhibitions at the biennal is Adhocracy, situated in the Galata Greek Primary School, which explores the ways in which we can step away from the current trend of manufactured perfection and bring back the concept of personal craft. The second exhibition, Musibet, located in the Istanbul Modern, looks at the process of urban transformation in Istanbul as well as other Turkish cities. Focused upon the idea of the Grand Transformation of these developing cities, the exhibition predicts how they will develop by scrutinising their nature and then asks the question of how they will exist in the future.
At the forefront of design and innovation, Audi whisked i-D off to another strand of the biennal to learn about urban futures and the shape of things to come. Here’s what we found…
The Istanbul Design Biennal ends December 12th 2012.
Text and Photography: George Harvey