VitrA Contemporary Architecture Series Presents: DON'T BE LATE HOME


An Exhibition on House through Time

31 March – 26 June 2016

Istanbul Modern hosts the fifth exhibition of VitrA Contemporary Architecture Series initiated by VitrA and the Turkish Association of Architects in Private Practice. Focusing on commercial, tourism, education and culture buildings in previous years, the project continues to document and discuss the milieu of contemporary architecture in Turkey and provide a platform for new studies in the field by concentrating on different types of buildings.

The exhibition titled “Don’t Be Late Home” focuses on our oldest and most fundamental accommodation/living space in the human-space cross-section, namely our homes. The human being’s need forshelter is a historical and complex issue dating back thousands of years. Meanwhile, the debate of whose problem housing is has been going unresolved for a long time. We have lost track of whether it is a problem of shelter, a problem pertaining to the city, an architectural design problem, an interior problem of living spaces, or if it comprises all.   

Rather than trying to answer these and similar questions, the exhibition strives to crystalize the questions. It endeavors to put forth the reasons behind the emergence of these questions and the answers the human being has sought in process within the context of cities and the environment. While depicting the political economic journey of housing from the 19th century to date, “Don’t Be Late Home” also touches upon the living space and usage habits.


Curator: Cem Sorguç

Coordinator: Pelin Derviş

Participants: Ceren Oykut, Cevdet Erek, Deniz Cem Önduygu, Hilmi Tezgör, İdil Ergün, İpek Akpınar & Funda Uz

Photographs: Sahir Uğur Eren

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