13 September 2018


Istanbul Design Biennial


22 September – 4 November 2018



Titled “A School of Schools”, the fourth Istanbul Design Biennial presents itself as a productive system of knowledge transfer. At a total of six different cultural locations in the city, “schools” will explore the diverse aspects of design.


The Earth School, located in the Arter exhibition centre, will question the relationship between Earth and humanity, while the Unmaking School, located in the Akbank Sanat art centre, aims to explore human creativity as a pedagogical drive and the future of work and city life. The role of design, knowledge, and global interconnectedness in our world is continuously reflected upon and ongoing technological advances, increasing dependence on autonomous machines, and the question of redesigning knowledge transfer are all critiqued. Will digitisation ultimately replace schools in the future by providing alternative means of knowledge transfer? What new places for meaningful dialogues and innovative design might we discover and implement alongside museums, laboratories, studios, and academies?


The event uses design as a way of experimenting with new knowledge and alternative forms and places of education, and reflects on the subject of knowledge itself as well as how the teaching of design has changed and might be shaped in the future. This year’s Istanbul Design Biennial is curated by Jan Boelen, the artistic director of Z33, an art space in Hasselt, Belgium, and Atelier Luma in Arles. The exhibition design and scenography were designed by architect Aslı Çiçek and product designer Lukas Wegwerth.


Nº 284
Region of Design

form Design Magazine

Aws4 request&x amz signedheaders=host&x amz signature=9c3463a8996ac1cff5386f6d94e4647c22681042edeebc1ae52b1ee99b0f33b8 Order now


Verlag form GmbH & Co. KG
Wildunger Straße 8
60487 Frankfurt am Main

T +49 69 153 269 430
F +49 69 153 269 431

Subscription Service

Questions to your subscription invoice, to our subscription program or a change of address?

T +49 69 153 269 438
F +49 69 153 269 439


Sign up now and get access to exclusive ticket draws, monthly news about the magazine as well as information on exciting design events and publications.

Sign up

Design Magazine
Established 1957