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. Providing a popular urban venue for the summer, these designs are expected to protect visitors from the heat of the city, host diverse events, and create intimate social spaces for city-dwellers―all within a modest budget and through reasonable architectural solutions.
The YAP: Young Architects Program began in 1998 in MoMA PS1’s courtyard in New York and became international with the participation of CONSTRUCTO in Santiago, Chile, the National Museum of XXI Century Arts (MAXXI) in Rome, Italy, the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, South Korea alongside Istanbul Modern.
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 “ALL THAT IS SOLID” designed by PATTU. “ALL THAT IS SOLID” is a temporary site-specific installation that is inspired by the industrial history of the area, it is a reminder of the past but also a statement about the imminent change the future holds, so we can be more critical about it.