The Studio-X Istanbul Book is Out!

April 04, 2023

Urbanism enthusiasts have reason to rejoice with the recent publication of "The Studio-X Istanbul Kitabı," a book compiled from activities and events held over the past five years at Studio-X Istanbul. The book, published in Turkish, covers a range of topics related to urbanism, architecture, and design, with a particular focus on Istanbul and its unique context. The book also includes contributions from architects, urban planners, designers, and artists who have worked with Studio-X Istanbul over the years.

Established in 2008 by the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP) at Columbia University in New York City, the Studio-X network has become a renowned platform for research and debate on the future of cities, with advanced laboratories located in cities around the world. Studio-X Istanbul was one of these spaces, representing the need for a new platform for research and debate to face the array of urgent questions that will face the next generation of designers.

Studio-X from Outside

Studio-X Istanbul was a place for new forms of creativity in the face of the most pressing problems, where designers could invent, test, and celebrate new ideas. The space was a lively hub of the most exciting discussions, an incubator of energetic thinking in the heart of the city, and an interface for direct exchanges between colleagues from around the world. With a dynamic space that evolves at the same speed as the urban environment itself, Studio-X Istanbul reflected the constantly changing nature of our cities.

Studio X speech by Cansen Basaran

As a whole, the book provides a fascinating insight into the work that took place at Studio-X Istanbul, showcasing its impact on urbanism and architecture in Istanbul and beyond. It represents a valuable resource for those interested in the future of cities and the role of design in shaping urban environments.

Studio-X Istanbul was established as a collaboration between the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) at Columbia University in New York City and Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul, which is the local hub for Columbia University in Turkey. As part of the larger network of Columbia Global Centers, the Istanbul center aims to promote dialogue, research, and collaboration across disciplines and cultures. By working closely with Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul, Studio-X Istanbul was able to foster connections between local practitioners, academics, and students, and those from other parts of the world. This partnership allowed for a fruitful exchange of ideas, knowledge, and perspectives on urbanism, architecture, and design, which enriched the activities and events held at Studio-X Istanbul over the years.