2018 Droga Architect in Residence

 
  The 2018 Droga residency has been awarded to an emerging Istanbul-based practitioner, Alexis Şanal. Her passion is exploring living culture and built environments that blend contemporary urban realm with timeless physical and natural contexts to create imaginative and meaningful experiences. Her residency proposal focuses on market contexts as public places of exchange within an Australian context. Alexis is co-founder of SANALarc, a knowledge-centric studio, focused on civil and civic architecture, research and city-design.

Alexis’ 11 week residency will commence mid February.

Her schedule will include 3-4 studio workshops, and 3-4 talks in public spaces, arranged in collaboration with city and cultural institutions.

Talks will also be scheduled in Melbourne and Adelaide.

  
 
 

Alexis Şanal- Research Statement

‘Open one-day markets are ubiquitous across civilizations and geographies. Australia being both the most ancient and youngest civilization is an interesting platform to further our thesis that open markets are as pertinent to contemporary architecture and city-making in program, construct, community, even iconic identity as permanent civic and civil structures like museums, public libraries or entertainment centres. The design inquiry process will emphasize the important movements of spontaneous (DIY and Tactical Urbanism) design as an inspirational source for formal architecture as slow city making. To focus our survey of global markets, Australian cities will be a laboratory in terms of specific open market’s architecture as well as investigate the city’s open-market as a whole and their integration into the public realm system and circulation networks.’

 

Press References

http://www.sanalarc.com

http://www.pazar-making.org

ABC Radio, Blueprint for Living, Turkish bazaars and the fabric of city design

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/blueprintforliving/turkish-bazaars-and-the-fabric-of-city-design/8494136

SLQ’s Asia Pacific Design Library in partnership with the UQ School of Architecture. 2017

 

Lecture Series

Alexis and Murat Şanal of ŞANALarc

https://vimeo.com/channels/apdl/217427004

  
 
 

Alexis Şanal – Biography

Alexis Şanal grew-up in Los Angeles, has a Barch’95 from Southern California Institute of Architecture and an Master of City Planning ’02 from MIT. She is a co-founder of SANALarc’s knowledge-centric studio focused on civil and civic architecture, research and city-design based in Istanbul. Her passion is exploring living culture and built environments that blend contemporary urban realm with timeless physical and natural contexts to create imaginative and meaningful experiences. Her recent efforts in this sense include creating HEY! Imaginable Guidelines Istanbul, “Pazar- Making”, revealing ‘pazars’ as a man-made generative approach to tactical urbanism and re-thinking public libraries as enablers of localized knowledge communities.

She is recipient of a 2014 Graham Foundation research grant, exhibited works at the MAXXI Rome, Istanbul Modern and Garanti Galeri. Her studio’s internationally award winning works like Sishane Park, SALT Research and “Pazar- Making” as well as creative campus designs like BU Rasathane Master Plan and Bomontiada each reflect how the design of an interconnected public realm can shift possibilities and create a participative platform for advancing communities’ shared futures. 

 

 

For further information regarding the residency program, please contact:

Mandy O’Bryan
Philanthropy Manager

Australian Institute of Architects Foundation
“Tusculum”, 3 Manning Street Potts Point NSW 2011
Tel: 0414 857 812 
foundation.architecture.com.au