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

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

Istanbul: The Ephemeral Charm

I visited Istanbul in January and spent 18 days in this weirdly charming yet frustrating city. I was born in Istanbul and spent 17 years there before leaving for college. My life there consisted of going back and forth between home and school and occasionally meeting up with friends at a cafe, which I would… Continue reading Istanbul: The Ephemeral Charm

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

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

5 Places to Find Inspiration in London as a Design Student

London is a vibrant city bursting with cultural events all over its streets! As a student traveling on a budget, it is surprisingly easy to find awe-inspiring events, exhibitions, places to see WITHOUT SPENDING A PENNY! London is one of the cities that attract an incomprehensible number of tourists every year. It’s cosmopolitan, it’s iconic, it’s… Continue reading 5 Places to Find Inspiration in London as a Design Student