The Istanbul Design Biennial has always been more symposium than trade show. The inaugural edition, in 2012, curated by Joseph Grima, investigated the cultural effects of new production methods. The follow-up, headed by Zoë Ryan, looked at how designers can predict, and influence, the future. Istanbul’s third biennial addresses the question “Are We Human? The Design of the Species: 2 Seconds, 2 Days, 2 Years, 200 Years, 200,000 Years.” Its co-curators are architectural historians Beatriz Colomina, a professor at Princeton University, and Mark Wigley, a professor and former dean at Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. After they began organizing the show, which will take place at four venues in Istanbul from October 22 to November 20, the country was rocked by a coup attempt and the government crackdown that followed.
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