Husband and wife architecture professors to curate Istanbul design event

Married architectural professors and historians Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley (pictured) will curate the third Istanbul Design Biennial, which starts on 22 October and runs until 4 December 2016.

Colomina is best known as the author of books including Manifesto Architecture: The Ghost of Mies (2014), Privacy and Publicity: Modern Architecture as Mass Media (1994) and Sexuality and Space (1992). She is also a professor at Princeton University.

Wigley, a New York-based critic and theorist originally from New Zealand, is professor and dean emeritus at Columbia University’s School of Architecture, as well as the author of The Architecture of Deconstruction: Derrida’s Haunt (1993) and White Walls, Designer Dresses: The Fashioning of Modern Architecture (1995).

The Istanbul Design Biennial is organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), and the theme is “Are We Human? The Design of the Species: 2 seconds, 2 days, 2 years, 200 years, 200,000 years”. It will revolve around one question- does design itself need to be redesigned?

It will feature more than 70 projects from five continents by designers, architects, artists, theorists, choreographers, filmmakers, historians, archaeologists, scientists, laboratories, institutes and NGOs.