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Hanif Kara

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Hanif Kara is a practicing structural engineer and Professor in Practice of Architectural Technology at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. His particular “design-led” approach and interest in innovative form, sustainable construction and complex analysis methods have allowed him to work on pioneering projects, and under his leadership the practice has won over 250 design awards including the RIBA Stirling Prize for the Peckham Library, London, in 2000, and for the Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge, in 2012, as well as the RIBA Lubetkin Prize for the UK Pavilion at Shanghai Expo in 2010. Hanif was on the steering committee…

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Rand Eppich

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Rand Eppich is a practicing architect, researcher and teacher whose current work focuses on the role of architectural conservation for economic and community development. He recently completed the conservation of Othello´s Tower and the Monastery of Agios Panteleimonas in Cyprus for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Partnership for the Future. His current work also includes the condition assessment and future intervention strategies for the National Library of Kosovo with the Kosovo Architectural Foundation and the Getty Foundation. He recently returned from Makli, Sindh where he was working on the development of a master plan for this World Heritage property. He…

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Simon Battisti

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Simon Battisti is an architect and teacher based in Tirana, Albania. His work focuses on alternative, critical approaches to development in spatial planning. Through teaching and independent research, he studies the nexus between tourism planning, migration, infrastructure, and self-management in coastal southern Albania. In 2016, he was curator of “I Have Left You the Mountain,” the Albanian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, which used singing to articulate ways in which patterns of departure have affected Albanian cities and towns for the past five centuries. He is the founding editor of Very Vary Veri, a journal about architecture and urbanism based…

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Víctor Cano Ciborro

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Víctor Cano Ciborro (1987) is an Architect (2012) -Visiting Scholar in 2009 at CEPT University in Ahmedabad (India)- and Master in Advanced Architectural Projects (2013) by The Superior Technical School of Architecture of Madrid – ETSAM (UPM). Since 2014 he is a PhD Candidate at DPA-ETSAM where currently developed his PhD Dissertation about cartographies of overlooked spatial practices focused on body‘s sensations. From 2012 to 2016 he has been Assistant Teacher in ETSAM taking part in grade, final master thesis and postgraduates’ academic programs. In 2015 he was Tutor of Unit 6 at the Summer School 2015 of the Architectural…

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Dimitri Grozopoulos & Fani Kostourou

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Dimitris graduated from the School of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2014) and continued his studies doing an MA in Landscape & Urbanism in Kingston University London (2016). He is a graffiti artist but also explores various art forms from sketching to 3D installations. Within the last few years, he had participated in numerous workshops, exhibitions and competitions projects that have been awarded. During his studies, he enriched his architectural approach through the activity of urban exploration, discovering the various conceptions of abandoned spaces and modern ruins. The phenomenon of urban decay constitutes the heart of his ongoing research, which has…

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Bika Rebek

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Bika Rebek is an architect practicing within heterogeneous formats- as an integral part of her work writing, research and installations act as catalysts for open ended thinking about architectural production. She is a partner at the New York City- based practice SibilaSoon, with projects underway in the United States, Austria and Malaysia. Rebek is also an adjunct professor at Columbia University and a resident at New Inc, the first museum-led incubator. In the past she has worked as an architectural designer for a number of offices internationally, and most recently as an exhibition designer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art….

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Gokhan Avcioglu

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Gokhan Avcioglu Born in Ankara, Turkey in 1961. Gokhan Avcioglu completed his education in KSU/BA in Architecture. He is the principal and founder of GAD in Istanbul, established in 1994. Among his projects are office buildings, public spaces, commercial spaces and residences in Istanbul, Bodrum, New Jersey, Washington DC, Virginia and Connecticut. Among his most recent Award Winning projects are AKH KNDU Villas, KUUM Hotel and Residences, Pinar Logistics Centre, Divan Kurucesme and Trump Cadde. He has won numerous awards, including  the 1997 Turkish Architecture Prize, a Bronze Medal in Miami Bienal in 2003, Archmarathon Award in 2014, German Iconic…

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Merve Bedir

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Merve Bedir is an architect. She is the partner of Rotterdam I Istanbul based Land+Civilization Compositions (L+CC) and a PhD candidate in Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture. Merve’s work focuses on a diversity of topics from urban transformation to displacement, migration, and common(s). She was a freelance curator for the Netherlands Architecture Institute (2012); the curator of Vocabulary of Hospitality (Studio X, Istanbul, 2015); and One Architecture Week (Plovdiv, 2015) under the title uncommon river. Merve is currently facilitating a kitchen and garden initiative by local and migrant women in Gaziantep, Turkey. She has published in One World (Dutch), Interartive, Volume, MONU, SRO…

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Toestand

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Toestand is an organisation which focuses on the socio-cultural reactivation of vacant spaces in the city. Free (as in free speech, but also as in free coffee) space is scarce, especially in the city. On the other hand, many sites and buildings are abandoned for reasons such as speculation or government administration issues. Toestand reconciles these two issues by communicating on the issue, facilitating the installation of temporary socio-cultural centres, and organising them ourselves under the term ‘Spontaneous Action Zones’. The organisation Toestand organised and organises projects mainly for and by young people. Though our target group is large (people…

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Esen Gökçe Özdamar

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Esen Gökçe Özdamar is Assistant Professor, founder and Head of Department of Architecture at Namik Kemal University, Tekirdağ. She received her Masters degree (MSc) and PhD both from Architectural Design programme in Istanbul Technical University in 2003 and 2011. Her PhD focused on an experimental approach to transdisciplinary methodology through re-reading housing areas in İstanbul, Vienna and Amsterdam. She was a guest researcher in Delft University of Technology in 2007. Since her graduation she has worked in several architectural offices varying from large scale housing complex to public building, interior design and has attended various international competitions and art exhibitions….

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