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4th Year

Interior Design

ART, CRAFT & PRODUCTION HUB || IZMIR BOMONTI FACTORY

Sibel Yasemin Özgan
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The overall goal of this semester’s design studio was to explore production as an act across the trajectories of three ways of making as highlighted by Carpo (2011)*: hands-making, mechanical making and digital making. For this, students were expected to select a theme / a material and analyze its diverse techniques of making. Based on their research, students designed a space that brings production to the foreground by making it accessible for the city inhabitants. 

Industrial heritage sites are crucial remains of the industrial culture and are of great technological, historical, social and architectural value. Parallel to advancements in technology, adjustments become necessary to maintain building life-cycles. Otherwise, in case they are treated as static artefacts, they become vacant within the city and face the critical danger to be only in historical records without any tangible remains. The Interior Graduation project of the 2019-2020 spring semester focuses on one such a case: the historical İzmir Bomonti Factory, one a few important archeological industrial building complexes that have survived until today. Flour Factory, located in the Halkapınar, Konak district of Izmir, was built in 1912.

*Carpo, Mario. The alphabet and the algorithm. MIT Press, 2011.

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