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Geoscapes: City as New Nature
Alper Derinbogaz

Geoscapes explores the evolution of cities through the lens of our relationship to earth, proposing an understanding of architecture that is rooted in geological, ecological and technological ecosystems. Operating within a non-anthropocentric narrative, we consider the insignificance of humans in relation to earth, diverse species and post-human futures. We propose buildings that are keystones in a circular, ecologic planet, and a continuity between nature and humans that is negotiated by architecture. While acknowledging our responsibility towards the earth, we aim to learn through greater empathy with nature. Through architecture we seek to find foundational ways to rethink and reshape the relationship between humans and our environment. In order to do this we investigate the emergence of natural forms, the history of human inhabitation and the origins of architecture. The geographical context we are rooted within, the cityscape of Istanbul, is shaped by the land. The topography is the key to the urban schematics, defined by steep ridges that have changed very little over hundreds of years. We see the city as an evolution of nature rather than a separate entity. Understanding the city as a habitat, we propose that flexible, hybrid technologies of making can shape a common urban and architectural language that constitutes a new nature.

Bio Alper Derinboğaz is recognised as an influential architect in Turkey and Europe, as the founder of architectural practice, Salon, based in Istanbul and Berlin. His projects vary from art installations to large scale cultural institutions, including the new Museum of Istanbul under construction. He was selected as one of the 40 top young architects in Europe in 2019, and in Archdaily’s Best Young Practices in 2020. His works are recognised as innovative, thought-provoking and exciting, investigating the possibilities of the physical environment through relationships between space and time, nature and technology. He is adjunct professor at several Istanbul universities.

Softcover, 185 x 253 mm, 160 pages