Architecture academics Mark Wigley and Beatriz Colomina have been appointed co-curators of the third Istanbul Design Biennial. Though the first two editions of the Istanbul Design Biennial were curated respectively by architect and journalist Joseph Grima, and by Art Institute of Chicago curator Zoe Ryan, both members of the husband-and-wife duo helming the 2016 edition are noted architectural historians.
Both Wigley and Colomina come to the Istanbul Design Biennial with illustrious careers in academia: he was the Dean of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University from 2004 through 2014, and she is Professor of Architecture and Founding Director of the Program in Media and Modernity at the Princeton University School of Architecture. They plan to reveal the conceptual framework for their iteration of the Istanbul Design Biennial in December, according to a statement from the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, which produces the event.
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