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16 June 2019 - 30 June 2019


Objective: In light of the debate over depiction, representation and instrumentalisation of nature to date, this workshop aims to examine Şirince’s flora as a data source via digital means of representation. The workshop furthermore aims to build figural visualisations and investigations on the random variables presented by plants through mathematical formalisms, procedures and algorithms.


Content: Nature that we started to mourn the annihilation of remains on the architectural agenda due to the presence of digital technologies such as biotechnology, parametric design and coding. This situation almost manifests itself as a clear declaration of how humankind won’t perceive itself as part of the nature, but rather consider nature as a fertile scenery to feed, protect, respite and inspire the humankind. From this perspective, the workshop offers another aim which is to undertake a critical reading of history beginning from the Early Modern period where contradictions in the transformation of nature-human relationship started to appear. Also in this workshop, a discourse around motivation and conditions of revealing the secret of nature within certain historic thresholds will take place. Debates on knowledge generation practices will be held, and in what way the value/cost generating relationships are formed will be a discussion point. During the course of these processes, representation and display of nature will stand as the reflection of humankind’s approach to nature. Species that are removed from their own context await on hold on a canvas until they are converted into a new ‘product’ from a new perspective. How this transformation is actualised can be determined by the demands of the field that it will serve. Within this framework, participants will be expected to document plants discovered on the landscape surrounding the village by reduction, then produce botanical catalogues. Work created by the participants will lead to diversification of data, and observation of the distance that a soil-bound tangible plant takes until its delivery to an intangible area. Parts selected from this data catalogue will be moved  to a computer environment and systematised as reflections of subjective perspectives. Another aim will be an exercise attempting to invert the computer formulations while transferring the data catalogue formed by the subjectivity of the participants. The new reality of these parts that become autonomous from the nature will be a formal reduction, and, in order to overcome such isolatedness of form, this workshop will resort to establishing parodical orders by taking into account the historicity and subjectivity of the designer.


In terms of facilitating the workshop process, and if possible, we would request participants to bring their laptops with them. 


Target Audience: Application open to final-year high school students, undergraduate and postgraduate level university students of all fields / disciplines. It targets everyone who has questions and curiosity about design and computational design.


Fee: Programme fee, including four meals, accommodation, lessons and all types of basic needs;

For tents: 1810 TL, dormitories 2410 TL. Trips are not included in this price.


Available places: 20

Emre Özyetiş, Eda Soyal, Mehtap Serim

Contact for questions: Aycan Şahin (

How to Apply:
Application form which can be found by clicking here is only available in Turkish, but we are happy to provide assistance if you would like to apply. For further information and help, please contact us here or send an email to address. We process applications periodically and send the results by email.

Registration: You will be informed of your application result within approximately 15 days of application date. Payment and any registration related transactions will be processed after your application has been approved.



Program team


Emre Ozyetis graduated from the Middle East Technical University with Bachelor's degrees in Architecture in 2000 and Philosophy in 2010. He started doing a postgraduate degree with the RMIT University under the SIAL in 2011 which he completed in 2013 with his thesis on Manfredo Tafuri and the critique of architectural ideology. Özyetis continues his research activities on the topics of destruction, memory and codes.


Eda Soyal received her Bachelor's degree in Architecture from the KTU in 2010 and her Master’s degree in 2013 from UCL’s Architectural History and Theory Programme. She held a research assistant position with the Faculty of Architecture at the Mardin Artuklu University between 201 and 2018.


Mehtap Serim is an architectural historian working in the fields of modern architecture and theories of art. After graduating from the YTU Faculty of Architecture in 2001, she received her postgraduate and doctoral degrees from the Architectural History programmes of ITU and MAU, respectively.