YAP Istanbul Modern: Young Architects Program
June 25–November 15, 2013

YAP Istanbul Modern: Young Architects Program

Initiated by Istanbul Modern in collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and MoMA PS1, the YAP Istanbul Modern: Young Architects Program is held biannually during the summer and offers young emerging architects the opportunity to design a temporary installation in Istanbul Modern’s courtyard. The program’s aim is to encourage architects to address environmental issues such as sustainability, re-use, and re-cycling, and to explore innovative design ideas providing elements of shade, water, and seating that would increase the possibilities of use in open-air spaces.


The jury, which came together to select the winning project, was formed of architectural experts and of representatives from Istanbul Modern and the other YAP: Young Architects Programs. From among the proposals of the five finalists the jury selected the project Sky Spotting Stop”* designed by SO? Architecture and Ideas.“Sky Spotting Stop”, a constantly altering landscape, transformed the courtyard into a new stop in the city for resting, gathering, playing, or “sky-spotting.”


An international show presenting the 15-year history of the YAP: Young Architects Program and the designs of the 20 finalists invited to the program in 2013 by MoMA PS1, CONSTRUCTO, MAXXI and Istanbul Modern was also on view in Istanbul Modern’s Pop-Up Exhibition Area.



Program Coordinators & Finalists Exhibition Curators:

Çelenk Bafra, Pelin Derviş




SO? Architecture and Ideas / “Sky Spotting Stop”

Alper Derinboğaz (Salon2) / “Haze

Evren Başbuğ, İnanç Eray, Meriç Kara, and Engin Ayaz (YAP Istanbul Modern Design Group) / “seapeaker”

Onat Öktem and Zeynep Öktem (ONZ Architects) / Tearing the Ground”

Ömer Selçuk Baz (Yalın Mimarlık) IM / DEBRIS”