New ideas constantly being tossed, a brilliant new project every day. Great transformations and city-spanning decisions that are rapidly taken and just as rapidly put into effect. Big–tremendously big–steps forward, longings. Should we even call this “delusional” rather than “exploratory” perhaps?
Fast, even quite hasty decisions. Very hastily and agitatedly. It is exactly like surfing the internet, swinging here and there: just as you’re about to alight somewhere, you helplessly submit to the new and alluring temptations of the seductive, rousing winds…
Minds more obsessed with quantity than with quality.
How many hectares?
How many months?
How many dwellings?
How many people?
How many rooms?
And of course, how much?
‘Grand Transformation’, on one hand, immediately attracts broad appeal and enjoy increasing influence, being based on arguments which eliminates the doubts about its legitimacy and essentiality; on the other hand, has radical effects on all segments of the community that have been immediately impacted by it. Moreover, it reveals many situations that should be questioned at the level of individual rights and freedoms. This wind melts in the same pot the attitudes which seem to be contradictory at first sight. New and historical, local and displaced, genuine and imitation fairs in this climate.
Musibet exhibition, although it places İstanbul on its main axis, aims to display the multiple faces of the big transformations that are continuously being realized in different geographies and to create a small gap inside where the self-styled-marvelous legitimacy arguments of the design activities might be questioned in this context.
Participating Projects of Musibet
• Construction Ya Resulullah
• Adil Kebap Dürüm
• How I Design Istanbul in One Day
• The Bomb
• 40 Nasihat Made in Istanbul
• On Grooming and Clothing: Looking at Osmanbey
• Precise Rhythm
• Istanbul: Urban Costume
• Design or Make
• Where do our neighbours come from?
Where do they all go to?
• Islam, Republic, Neoliberalism
• Augmented Structure Project
• Reaction in the Square
• Design Looms
• Making City Istanbul
• Urban Renewal and Its Discontents: Kreuzberg
• <Un > Realstate of the <Un >known
• Typology of Houses
• Urban Forms
• Three Continental Metropolises
• Töztepe: A Story of Urban Renewal
• Dönme Dolap
• Clothing Swap
• If I were the Mayor