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Presence: Exhibition Opening and Public Presentation Of Student Work

ISTANBUL, JUNE 29, 2012

The Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) is holding its annual Public Space Workshop for architecture students in collaboration with the Columbia University Middle East Research Center in Amman, Jordan and the Columbia Global Center in Istanbul, Turkey from June 15th – June 29th, 2012.

The Public Space Workshop is an intensive two-week rapid exchange in search of emergent issues concerning contemporary public space. Students and faculty from participating universities collaborate at nodes within GSAPP's Studio-X Global Network to investigate design issues, expanding their understanding through a diverse array of feedback. The cities are active testing grounds for research and experimentation within the built environment.

Public space is the interface for exchanges in cities, and today more than ever the site of rapid change. The physical presence of public space continues to grow more dynamic as the use of complementary virtual networks provide for increased access and mobility. Together, they form an adaptive infrastructure in cities, emerging, networking, and responding in unprecedented ways.

The 2012 session of the workshop focuses on Presence. As an essential agent for change, Presence requires public participation and exchange in the activation and networking of public space. The users of these augmented spaces continuously reshape them, exposing new potentials in the city, as they forecast, map, and interact in a smart way. Presence emerges at the impermanent intersection of physical and virtual public spaces.

Participating Universities

  • Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
  • Jordan University of Science and Technology
  • College of Architecture and Design
  • Bilgi University Department of Architecture
  • Yildiz Technical University Faculty of Architecture

Organized by

Mark Wigley, Dean Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Jennifer Broutin, Director Public Space Workshop
Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Kamal Farah, Director Public Space Workshop
Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Malwina Łyś-Dobradin, Director Global Network Programming
Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Dr. Safwan Masri, Director
Columbia University Middle East Research Center

Hanya Salah, Senior Manager
Columbia University Middle East Research Center

Ipek Cem Taha, Director
Columbia Global Centers, Turkey

Nazli Gonensay
Studio-X, Istanbul

Verda Ozer, Senior Program Manager
Columbia Global Centers, Turkey