Bergama Cultural Center (BerKM) in İzmir opened its doors to public on 8 October 2016. Read More
The winners of World Architecture Community Awards 23rd Cycle are announced and EAA receives a total of 6 awards… Sancaklar Mosque in Istanbul received 2 World Architecture Community Awards 10+5 in the Realised category and Antakya Museum Hotel was selected both by the jury and community members to receive 2 awards in the Designed category. Also EAA’s Abdullah Gül Presidential Museum and Library in Kayseri and Yalıkavak Palmarina in Bodrum, both won the votes of the jury and were awarded with one World Architecture Community Awards 10+5 each, in the Realised category. Read More
The world’s largest international gathering of architects, WAF (World Architecture Festival), consisting of awards, conferences and exhibitions will be held for the first time in Berlin between 16-18 November 2016. This year EAA -Emre Arolat Architecture is shortlisted with 8 projects… Bunyan Kultepe Village – Education (Future) Expo Milano Turkish Pavillion – Competition Entries (Future) Guggenheim Helsinki Museum – Competition Entries (Future) Muscat 1129 – Residential (Future) Office Tower in Istanbul – Office (Future) Osmangazi City Piazza Urban Design – Master Planning (Future) Read More
Everytime I come here I think the Biennales are getting less and less meaningful. The weather is great… I don’t feel like going to the Arsenale at all. It is prosecco day today. We’ll think about tomorrow later. The world has become such an interesting place. Abba is playing in San Marco. Money money money! Read More
First thing we do will be to go to the Arsenale with my friends who have arrived a couple of days ago. It is time to leave the exhausted and reckless attitude behind. I am really curious about the performance of Darzana, the only actor of the Turkish Pavillion, as an installation piece. The photos I have seen are quite promising. When I had first heard of the project, I had thought that its conceptual background was quite strong. A nice gesture from an old and unused shipyard Haliç to Arsenale, another old shipyard which embraces a different identity today. Although I have not yet seen the exhibition or the Darzana itself, I can easily talk about the reception given in the honour of it in the magnificent ballroom of Hotel Monaco. It was quite an impeccable reception apart from the heat as it got more and more crowded and the risotto which was a little more runny than it should have been. The architectural celebrities of our neighborhood were there in full force. The art world owes a lot to Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts. However I really was not expecting to see Paul Finch coming in in […] Read More
Starting the tour from Arsenale again. It has turned into a habit. How many times have I been to the Venice Biennale? I guess I don’t want to think about it. Were previews always this crowded? It is very hot and humid. Weather App says it is 21 degrees but it definitely feels 30. Alejandro Aravena arrives at the same time as us. And starts addressing the crowd gathering around him. Unfortunately in Spanish. Trying to understand won’t make sense. I dive into the darkness. The theme is quite intense, I think to myself. Reporting from the front is not an issue that can be handled easily. It is hard to stay away from cliches, especially trying not to fall into shiny and attractive traps of populism is tricky. A large banner with tiny letters welcomes me. ‘Is it possible to create a public space in a private commision?’ Come on. I have been cursed at so many times because I wanted to perform the profession of architecture in a way to bring a positive outcome to this question. Another question follows: ‘Is it possible to minimize the impact of building in a public space?’ Of course it is I […] Read More
I continue on from where I left off in Arsenale… Rehul Mehrotra’s Ephemeral Landscapes is very impressive. Its conceptual frame is quite strong, with a very rich content. I can’t help but think of the same question yet again: Wouldn’t I be better off  if I were to see all these in a book in the calm of my desk instead of this bombardment of hundreds of side by side, even nested works all together? What would be the loss? Probably nothing. Yes, conceptual depth and a rich context, they are absolute musts. However to have a  brilliant exhibition performance and to strike as an attractive one off experience in the visitors’ imaginations are also very important. Just like a notable space creates ease in one’s mind… I quickly pass by a couple of insignificant works that just try to look good. Right before lunchtime I can’t help but catch a glimpse of the outside. While we are dealing with self-proclaimed architectural issues, outside the real life is going on… Pablo Picasso, enjoying the sunshine, is chatting with his neighbors… Read More
I didn’t think I would be this impressed with Darzana, on show at the Turkish Pavilion. As I mentioned before, I had found the conceptual background and the mental references quite convincing, assessing the selection process as an outsider. Still when I came across the “baştarda” composed of more than 500 pieces from different ships and periods, surrounded by the dimness of the exhibition hall, its walls covered with the patina of so many years, I totally got the goose bumps. I may be taking sides but I really think it has a a very important place in all the country pavilions I have seen so far in Arsenale. Feride Çiçekoglu, Mehmet Kütükçüoğlu, Ertuğ Uçar and all the others who have put in an effort one way or the other have to be congratulated wholeheartedly. There is also a book for Darzana. Bülent Erkmen with his mastery has turned the texts of Namık Erkal and Vera Constantini and the incredible photos of Cemal Emden, which can be hang on any wall on their own, into a highly qualified and a perpetual book. Probably one of the reasons I  like this project is the competent mediation it presents while positioning itself with […] Read More
The collateral events of the Bienalle are also being followed with great interest this year. Time Space Existence in Palazzo Bembo is one of them. During the preview evenings it did take quite some time to reach the stairs, while trying to bypass the giant Parmigiano on the right hand side of the entrance hall. Our exhibition arch l strata l antioch is in the main hall of the second floor. The exhibition showcases the Antakya Museum Hotel Project located in the center of Antakya, Turkey, close to the St. Pierre Church which is one of the most important pilgrimage sites of Christianity. Through images text, videos and the model, the exhibit highlights the complex layers and the unique manner of the project displaying how architecture can cause paradigm shift in interpreting private and public. The arch l strata l antioch will be open till the end of the Biennale but of course you can check out its details on our website (www.emrearolat.com) as well. Though I never come to the biennalles with great enthusiasm, I tend to cheer up once I step onto Venice. Everyone should have a taste of it, the experience of being in this magnificient urban landscape, away from the worries of […] Read More
Starting the day with a late breakfast around San Marco.  I like the idea actually, as I end up with Spagetti Vongole. Then with the guilt of what I ate, I  hurry towards Giardini. The smell of  jasmine stretching for meters intoxicates me. The statue of Murer and the cubes of Scarpa are still above water. This place is a heaven on earth… I don’t know how many times I did it before but my feet take me again to the no longer in use ticket kiosk, it moves me every time with its grace. I caress once again the joints of metal and wood. And then as if by reflex, bypassing all the other buildings, I head towards Sverre Fehn’s legendary Nordic Pavilion. But what on earth is that? Looks as if there is a new pile in the building. I can’t believe my eyes. Although its cascading volume and its material feel just right for the building, as if derived from its own genes, then again this mass brutally interrupts the visual continuity of this once remarkable ceiling.  Moreover the slender trees are gone as well. “What for?” I ask myself. Without hanging out long at the exhibition […] Read More