A Talk with Q&A by award-winning Turkish Architect Emre Arolat as part of the London Festival of Architecture
The Hub: Kings Cross, Friday 6 July 2012 at 7pm
(Doors open 6.30pm)

For Immediate Release LONDON (19 June 2012) — Award-winning Turkish architect Emre Arolat will give a thought-provoking lecture at this year’s London Festival of Architecture, the largest such festival in the world; pondering whether his home city of Istanbul is undergoing so-called ‘Londonisation’. With 25 years of creating architecture for Turkey, Arolat’s signature can be found on a range of award-wining housing, tourism facilities, sports venues and other public buildings across Turkey.

Istanbul is a rapidly developing city, having gone through many rapid urban transformation projects in recent years, with the gentrification of neighbourhoods bringing with it the expectation of changes in social structure and of higher rents. The city has also seen such developments as the sale of public land to a company from Dubai, which plans to build Istanbul’s highest tower. According to Arolat, such works have a tangible destructive effect on urban memory: the city is being ‘sold’ while disregarding what it really is.

This scenario of Istanbul triggers an image of Thatcher-era London in Emre Arolat’s mind; a city where economic liberalisation, free trade and open markets reflect its physical embodiment. And thus he comes to the question: Is Istanbul on the way to ‘Londonisation’? Emre Arolat and his team of architects, who have created much award-winning architecture for Istanbul and elsewhere in Turkey, with doors opening at 6.30pm on Friday 6 July at The Hub:Kings Cross. Arolat’s talk ‘Is Istanbul on the way to Londonisation’ will commence at 7pm, followed by cheese & wine.

The theme for the 2012 London Festival of Architecture will be ‘The Playful City’, proposing ways in which both Londoners and visitors can be active participants in the city. For the end of the first week of July, its focus will be in King’s Cross whose station has recently been refurbished. Emre Arolat’s talk will be held at The Hub: Kings Cross, a working space for social entrepreneurs and which is part of a global network of such spaces.


Notes to Editors: About Emre Arolat
Emre Arolat Architects, based in Istanbul, was founded in May 2004 by Emre Arolat and Gonca Paşolar, as the continuation of Emre Arolat’s architectural practice which he started at Arolat Architects as an associate designer in 1987. Arolat has won a great number of international awards for projects in Turkey, with many of them winning multiple awards. In 2006, one of his projects, the Dalaman International Airport Terminal building was awarded as “Highly Commended” in the “AR Awards for Emerging Architecture”, the first such award for Turkey.

The Minicity Model Park building was among the “Selected Works” for the “European Prize for Mies van der Rohe Awards 2005″ and was awarded as “Commended” in the “AR Awards for Emerging Architecture 2008″. The Zorlu Center project was awarded by “Cityscape Dubai Special Award” in the category of “Master Planning” in 2008. The Tekfen Kağıthane Offices and Milas Golf Hotel projects were awarded as “Commended” in “MIPIM Architectural Review Future Project Awards 2009″.

The Zorlu Center, Zorlu Konak Residences, Lara Kervansaray Hotel & Convention Center and Santralistanbul Museum of Modern Arts were awarded by “European Property Awards 2009″. 7800 Çeşme Residences & Hotel were awarded as “Mixed Use Building of the Year” by “Emirates Glass Leaf Awards 2009″, whilst Santralistanbul Museum of Contemporary Arts was received “International Architecture Award 2010″ and 7800 Çeşme Residences & Hotel, Folkart Narlıdere Housing, Kağıthane OfisPark and Raif Dinçkök Yalova Cultural Center projects were awarded as “Highly Commended” by the 2010 European Property Awards”.

The Minicity Model Park and Maksimum Houses were awarded as “Best Leisure Building” and “Best Residential Building” by Cityscape Dubai Awards 2010. The Zorlu Konak Residence, Bodrum Büyük Kulüp, Raif Dinçkök Yalova Cultural Center, Varyap Merkez Shopping & Cultural Center, Eyüp Municipality Marriage Hall, 7800 Çeşme Residences & Hotel and Minicity Model Park projects were awarded as “Highly Commended” by Cityscape Dubai Awards 2010.

Emre Arolat received the 2010 Aga Khan Awards for Architecture for the Ipekyol Textile Factory building. “Varyap Merkez Shopping and Cultural Center” project was awarded in the “Retail and Leisure” category and the “Zorlu Center” Project was awarded in the “Regeneration and Masterplanning” category by MIPIM AR Future Project Awards 2010. He received the “Osman Hamdi Bey Award” by the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in 2011. The “Zorlu Center”, “Yalıkavak Residences” and “Maslak No.1 Office Tower” projects received “Green Good Design Awards 2010 and “Sinpas Eco Town”, “Izmir Fair Complex” projects received “Green Good Design Awards 2011.

Mr. Arolat also received National Architecture Awards, in the category of “Design” and “Building” in 1992, 2002, 2004 and 2008 and the “Award of New Prospects in Architecture” in 2000. In 2011 Dubai Cityscape Awards he received the grand prize for the “Raif Dinçkök Cultural Center” in the category of “Leisure Built”. In 2011 he was ‘Highly Commended’ with “Sancaklar Mosque” and “Antakya Museum Hotel” projects in the categories of “Future Projects Cultural” and “Future Projects Commercial” in World Architecture Festival 2011 (WAF). The ‘Cendere Valley Urban Design Project’ was the ‘Winner’ in the 2012 MIPIM AR Future Project Awards in the category of ‘Mixed Use’.

. About the London Festival of Architecture
Curated by RIBA London, the Architecture Foundation, New London Architecture and the British Council, the London Festival of Architecture 2012′s theme will be ‘The Playful City’, proposing ways in which both Londoners and visitors can be active participants in the city. From reinterpreting familiar places through new installations and animations, redesigning public spaces to encourage physical fitness in the spirit of the Olympic Games, to testing interactive forms of consultation and planning for future urban development, festival participants will be encouraged to play in, and play with, the city around them.

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