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Architecture Design Studio III

In this studio, students will also inevitably address issues of technology, access and obsolescence as they engage in the design of a structure that digitizes manuscripts of the past. The relationship between the original and the copy — of the production and reproduction of information evoke the quote from Victor Hugo: “This will kill that. The book will kill the building. That is to say, printing will kill architecture.” Hugo’s obituary for architecture recognizes the asymmetry of information and architecture as sites of power. In contemporary Istanbul, both the book and architecture remain, augmented and extended through the proliferation of media. The charge for the students is not only to design a manuscript library for preservation, digitalization and dissemination, but also to rearticulate how architecture has the capacity to produce new publics and re‐imagine a new contemporary Turkish collectivity through the “collection.”