Istanbul Design Biennial

The Istanbul Design Biennial catalogue is a three-volume survey of information related to the Biennial itself, with the theme of Imperfection, as well as the two exhibitions, Musibet and Adhocracy. The catalogue features selected articles written by the curatorial teams on the conceptual framework of the exhibition. The Imperfection volume describes the entire process leading up to the biennial, while the Musibet and Adhocracy Readers illustrate the combined 100 projects on display, accompanied by articles by Deyan Sudjic, Joseph Grima, Emre Arolat, David Harvey, Pelin Tan, Ethel Baraona Pohl, and others.

The design conception for the catalogue envisioned the books as academic readers. Due to the diversity and sheer amount of content, we decided to build up the page layout using different layers. The base layer hosts the original layout of the collected materials (scans of published articles and books, screenshots from websites or videos, PDFs, pictures); the layer above it is dedicated to the editorial content and explanation of the projects. The outer margins serve the more practical function of orienting the reader.

“Adhocracy is an unusually ambitious endeavor which can make a constructive contribution to the ongoing debate about the rapidly changing role of design. If it succeeds, it will also establish the Istanbul Design Biennial as a dynamic addition to the global design calendar.”—Alice Rawsthorn, The New York Times

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