Thursday, March 3, 2011

Assignment for March 3rd, Thursday

PRELIMINARY REPORT [A4] [6 pages max.]

1 documentation of the chosen site
[Area/proposed building area/building volume]
[connections/transportation/buildings etc.]
2 program
[list of functions with areas]
3 diagrams
[routes of media X people]
[functions: main X supporting]
[nodes X links]
4 case analysis: at least 2 [A4]
[schematic plans X sections showing how it works]

we're expecting you to be ready at 3:00 PM with your reports.

Monday, February 28, 2011

idil erdemir
fatih köstem
elif gözde öztoprak
neslihan karabulut
anne claire jestin

C-84 Confidential / Exhibition 2013

Simon Oberhofer | Mikaël Pors

On the 3rd of August 2001, the ship Hephaestus I picked up a strong magnetic signal from more than 400m deep, in the black sea.
After ten days of scanning the sea, the 8th Submarine Squadron, of the Bulgarian Navy, discovered, around 20 miles away from Istanbul, a plain container from the 70’s. Once back to the surface, the C-84 container has been shelled by international scientists, and historians. After the initials findings, it appeared the container wasn’t supposed to be discovered. Indeed, according to a number sources the module was a real moving lab, installed on a boat, and have been lost in some mysterious circumstances.

In 2008, two indepedant british researchers, supported by Wikileaks, and Amnesty International, decided to learn more about this black box. After more than five years of work, and some millions dollars spent, they arrived to conclusions and revelations.

Where this container used to be?

A container is moving all the time, from a ship to a train, to a barge.... Crossing seas, and continents. Loading and unloading infinitely different kind of merchandises. Also, most of the time, containers are staying in harbors, creating cities out of these modules.
Statistically, a container in one year can cross more than 250000 km; going from one point on the earth surface to its opposite, in less than two months.
During its life, the C-84 container could register millions of files, in the most sensitive places of the globe, places where exchanges take shape, the knots of cities and countries. And all of this in the biggest discretion.

Who could imagine that one of these rough boxes housed a spy lab?
We found this C-84, but was it the only one?
What kind of information could they get?
Who were these spies? Where were they come from?
Which country were interested into these datas?
Could we imagine this kind of investigation in our days?

After all these years, the Turkish Ministry of Culture, in collaboration with the city of Istanbul, decided to exhibit this mysterious treasure, in the brand new Istanbul Naval Museum, in Besiktas.
From the May, 11th, 2014, you would have the opportunity to approach, and understand one of the darkest sides of international political strategies.
This exhibition, a bold and unique undertaking, features contributions from a range of researchers and activists with past, present or ongoing links to the worldwide secret services.

çiğdem n. turhan
elham ighani nejad m.
tuğçe alkaya
can uzun

Sunday, February 27, 2011

about your media container posters

If you couldn't manage to post your posters (because of the file sizes, errors, etc.) send them to my e-mail so I can post for you or we can do it at the studio tomorrow.

Friday, February 25, 2011

neslihan karabulut
anne claire jestin

Monday, February 21, 2011

assignment for thursday (24th Feb.)

after deciding your groups(you may work individually as well), we're expecting you to explore the sites given(Teşvikiye, Etiler, Levent) for the main term project. so your assignment for Thursday is to:

1 document of the sites
   >old maps, photos,... etc.

2 find the digital maps and determine the borders and possible volumetric limits

3 program
  >number of volumes
  >supporting functions

4 precedent study
  >find/search libraries and analyze their contents
  >comparative analysis

we are also expecting you to post your the media container posters on the blog. if there's anything unclear you can comment on this post or e-mail me: a.zeynepaydemir[at]

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Just before hardworking...

Birdwatching - Istanbul / Feb. 2011 from Mikaël Pors on Vimeo.

Birds over Taksim square.

Filmed between the 7th and the 14th of February 2011, from 4.45pm to 5.30pm.

Thanks to Simon O. for his penthouse.

Music : Nathan Fake - Charlie's House

Video : Sony HDR-CX105