Learning pushes our boundaries and free us and Sharing knowledge is powerful and inspirational experience that makes us grow even more.

In this light – Professor Peter Lang and Arklab as his collaborator partner are proud to announce that we have been chosen to participate at the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial (as the only participants from Sweden).

Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial will be held from 22 September to 4 November 2018. This year Curator Jan Boelen has established the theme under Title: A School of Schools.

A School of Schools manifests as a set of dynamic learning formats encouraging creative production, sustainable collaboration, and social connection. Exploring eight themes, the learning environment is a context of empowerment, reflection, sharing and engagement, providing reflexive responses to specific situations.

Engaging multigenerational, transdisciplinary practitioners from Turkey and abroad, A School of Schools brings together old and new knowledge, academic and amateur, professional and personal, focusing on the process as much as the outcomes. Together, agents in this complex and ambitious ecosystem will create new knowledge, search for alternatives to implemented systems, and with radical diversity, push the boundaries of the design discipline.

In focus of global design problem we are exploring more the theme of  Marvels and Catastrophes: Architecture and Cities and the Force of Nature.

In 1982 Milton Friedman wrote the highly influential passage that best summarizes the shock doctrine.


“Only a crisis-actual or perceived-produces real change. When the crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around. That, I believe, is our basic function: to develop alternatives to existing policies, to keep them alive and available until the politically impossible becomes politically inevitable.”


Aiming for social engagements The Marvels and Catastrophes focus at the Istanbul Design Biennial is not just about how popular society and popular culture historically and currently deal with the life threatening issues such earthquakes, floods, tempests, droughts, or other human related catastrophes, but the program also will concern itself with devising alternative forms of social engagements, meant to transcend political, economic divisions and sensational image of catastrophes. The full scope of the program will seek to understand short and long term future developments, combining historic precedents with advanced technical expertise, visual culture with architecture and design, along with the arts and media to take our findings beyond standard professional boundaries.

The program will establish a set of international workshops, present and discuss, the collection and production of projects, documents and stories engaging with the public of the Design Biennale. Together with Istanbul Biennial we are working to create a meeting and sharing point- come and join us.

We encourage those who might be interested in participating in the program to sign up for the course at KKH r-lab (registration deadline has been extended to May 21) or to sign up with ARKLAB for notifications and group participation.