Event Date: 
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 18:30 to 20:30
C 24 Gallery, 2nd Floor 514 West 24th Street (between 10th & 11th Ave)

The American Turkish Society’s Young Society Leaders (YSLs) program presents a lecture and exhibition by Young Society Leader and UPenn faculty member Ferda Kolatan showcasing design proposals for a mixed-use cultural center by his graduate architecture students from the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania.

In recent years contemporary design and architecture has been going through a fundamental transformation. Aided by new technologies ranging from software applications to advanced fabrication techniques, we are witnessing an emerging sensibility for intricate formal, structural, and material organizations. This tendency presents a significant departure from the ethic of simplicity and functionality as the prime governing principle of design thinking throughout most of the 20th century and demonstrates a larger cultural desire to mine technology’s capacity in pursuit of novel design expressions.

This exhibition presents seven cutting edge projects, which investigate how complex geometries commonly found in Turkish patterns could be used to generate new ideas for formal-structural surfaces applicable for building façades. The resulting project proposals show a mixed-use program of gallery spaces with offices for a newly conceptualized headquarters for the American Turkish Society.

Teaching Assistant: Hart Marlow. Participating students are Kelley Carrol, Eyal Einik, Mairen Foley, Catherine Guentert, Yoonsun Hwang, Andreas Kostopoulos, Ryan Leichtweisz, Patrick Morgan, Arjan Ofeany, Nathaniel Schlundt, Jiarui Su, Ryan Wall, Meagan Whetstone, Hayley Wong.

Pre-registration by February 12 is required for this event. To register, please click on the "register" link below and follow the instructions.

About the Young Society Leaders (YSLs)

The Young Society Leaders program convenes a group of accomplished professionals from the fields of business, law, medicine, journalism, academia and the arts, with a demonstrated record of leadership ability and commitment to serve the U.S.-Turkish society at large. The program, inaugurated in 2011 with another outstanding group, aims to nurture the next generation leaders and to positively impact issues that matter to American-Turkish Community.

Special thanks to C24 Gallery for being a venue sponsor, and to The Guinea Pig Group for providing cocktails for the event.