Old Street Roundabout Re-Visited: 5 Inspiring Proposals

Islington City Council has recently announced the longlist for the upcoming renovation of 'The Iconic Gateway' at Old Street, London. The longlist includes incredibly creative design solutions by world-renowned architects and designers for the site in the middle of the vibrant neighborhoods Shroderitch and Hackney. On Islington City Council's website are several documents explaining the project… Continue reading Old Street Roundabout Re-Visited: 5 Inspiring Proposals

A Love Letter to London

Dear London, My love for you kindled years ago, the first time I visited on a cold November day as a child in the 3rd grade. I remember how the younger me, who loved traveling but was always glad to be going back home to Istanbul, was in a silent woe as she got onto the… Continue reading A Love Letter to London

Architecturally Fascinating Exhibitions

As a frequent visitor to exhibitions and galleries, it is always a pleasure to come across art that relates closely to architecture. It is surprisingly common to find architectural connections in artwork, especially in installations and three-dimensional pieces. So in this post, I will be sharing some of my favourite early 2018 artistically-architectural artworks on display in… Continue reading Architecturally Fascinating Exhibitions

Book Review: Critical Lives Frank Lloyd Wright’s

Frank Lloyd Wright (FLW) is a legendary American architect whose life not only was full of accomplishments in itself but also remains inspirational for generations of architects, artists, and writers. Working until his death at almost 92 years old, Wright had an astonishing 70-year career in architecture. Wright's architecture is categorized as part of modernism… Continue reading Book Review: Critical Lives Frank Lloyd Wright’s

The Art Scene in Istanbul

During my visit to Istanbul, I visited several galleries and the reviews are in! I thoroughly enjoyed the exhibitions at Caddebostan Cultural Centre (CKM) in Kadikoy and at Pera Museum in Taksim. Caddebostan Cultural Center (CKM) CKM houses a cinema, a theatre, and several exhibition spaces on various floors as well as numerous offices, shops,… Continue reading The Art Scene in Istanbul

Art and Architecture: Oslo Opera House

Art is the ultimate form of expression. When spatial function and a concern for public needs is added to it, art becomes architecture. Hence, architecture is a form of civic art that embodies the soul of its time, it represents ‘gestalt’ with its arrangement of space as well as its aesthetic qualities. Although not all… Continue reading Art and Architecture: Oslo Opera House

Venice: The Eternal City

Venice is truly one of a kind. It oozes with history; it is almost a huge ruin, a floating wreck in the sea. Yet somehow the cracks, the moss, the fading paint create this alluring atmosphere: a movie set, an eternal city. Before traveling to Venice, I read the book Venice, An Interior by Javier Marias. The… Continue reading Venice: The Eternal City

Winy Maas Lecture at the Bartlett

On Wednesday evening, I attended a public lecture by Winy Maas at the Bartlett School of Architecture. Winy Maas is the 'M' in 'MVRDV', the world-renowned Dutch architecture firm famous for its unprecedented designs all over the world as well as thought-provoking proposals for experimental projects. Needless to say, the lecture was very interesting both because of… Continue reading Winy Maas Lecture at the Bartlett

RIBA Sterling Stories 2017

On a Thursday evening a few weeks ago, I had the chance to attend the RIBA Sterling Stories event. This event takes place prior to the announcement of the Stirling Prize winner of the year, and consist of presentations of the 6 finalist architectural projects. It was my first time attending an event related to such… Continue reading RIBA Sterling Stories 2017

Open House London: The City Hall

The City Hall in London is a truly iconic building sitting gleefully by the Thames River at More London. It is (literally) a tilted silver egg - a truly astonishing and inedible one. The building is a vortex drawing the audience from the bottom level upwards. The spiraling ramp rolling through the whole building offers… Continue reading Open House London: The City Hall