February 2019 Directed Studies Abroad: Istanbul

This term, Professor Saloojee is teaching the Urbanism in the Global Context Studio at the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism.  Titled “Liquid Cartography: Public/Polis,” the studio focused on our Carleton Urban Research Lab themes of water, cities and equity. As part of the studio, students will travel to Istanbul for 10 days where they will explore the urban and rural fabrics of the city, working towards a series of large scale, speculative urban interventions in Kadiköy, a district on the Asian side of the city.  While in Istanbul, they will meet with architects, planners, artists, academics and artisans in their city explorations and investigations. Their Directed Studies Abroad program this year includes a series of transect walks – one of which is along part of the intended path of Kanal Istanbul – a proposal to carve a new waterway, parallel to the Bosphorus – that connects the Black and Marmara Seas.  Other walks include a hike through the Belgrade Forest to explore 16th and 17th century Ottoman hydrologic infrastructure, an investigation of a series of mega-projects in and out of the city, as well as taking in the historic fabric and architecture of Byzantine, Roman and Ottoman design.