Deniz Aslan was at Nesin Maths Village

2017

Design with Natural Sources': This is a theoretical course that provides seminars on the following topics: Understanding nature as a basis and comprehension within its endogeneity and its connection to human beings; from fundamentals to future, with the questions on space and place, constructing an analysis of the space of observation based on the notions of transformation and existence; question of intersection within the contemporary design and approaches to the notion of imaginary product. These seminars will touch upon the intersection between nature and architecture, innovative subjects in architecture (such as green architecture) and the concepts of modern utopias, heterotopias, and dystopias.

DS Architecture's book launch was at Yem.

15.02.2016

The book launch of the book ‘An Atypical Architectural Practice DS, From Rural Painting to Landscape – From Documentation to Preservation’ was at YEM that is about first-hand accounts of the personal stories of Deniz and Sevim Aslan, the founding partners of DS, which specializes in landscape architecture and documentation for preservation. Deniz Aslan, Sevim Aslan, the editor Pelin Derviş and the graphic designer Aslı Altay were the lecturers of the event. The event continued with ‘Touching the soil’ workshop that is organised by Deniz Aslan and Sevim Aslan. At the workshop, participants made small cubes that are consist of clay and compressed soil.


click to view the book launch's video

DS Architecture’s exhibition Microcosmos was at Studio X İstanbul

15.01.2016 - 04.03.2016

Microcosmos is a retrospective exhibition that will engage not only architects but also people who would like to discover the traces of our urban and cultural past. The exhibition features the 30 year experience of Deniz Aslan and Sevim Aslan—masters of landscape architecture and surveying respectively—at DS Mimarlık, accompanied by documentation and interviews. The exhibition presents a mapping of the 30 year long experience of DS Mimarlık on the one hand, which is a summary of architecture and construction in Turkey in its own right, while also exploring the issues that come to scale and project production processes.

DS Architecture's new book is published!

January 2016

The Black Box of the Last Three Decades of Architectural Practice in Turkey

Covering the fields of architecture, engineering, urbanism, industrial design, landscape design, archaeology, culture, the arts, etc., YEM Yayın has published a new title: An Atypical Architectural Practice DS, From Rural Painting to Landscape – From Documentation to Preservation.

The book offers first-hand accounts of the personal stories of Deniz and Sevim Aslan, the founding partners of DS, which specializes in landscape architecture and documentation for preservation; the book deals with these two special areas within architecture while also offering insights regarding the phases the architectural practice in Turkey went through in the last three decades. As you listen to Deniz and Sevim Aslan, you will understand that architecture is not only about designing buildings, and you will begin to realize its multifaceted richness when studied in its context and in relationship to its past, present, and future. You will feel with them the excitement arising from learning the materials, conducting experiments, discovering new methods, and engaging in research that occasionally borders on detective work; in addition, there will be disillusionments, settling of scores, and even parting of ways. Their stories will help you in getting to know other actors who have lived or still live with the same passion. Actors who have a passionate love for the grown and the built, following with great interest the way their lives unfold, sharing their knowledge gladly with their students, publishing it, disseminating it...

YEM Yayın
Edited by Pelin Derviş
Translated by Cem Akaş
Graphic design by Aslı Altay
ISBN: 978-605-4793-53-2
Istanbul, January 2016
English
296 pages
29x23 cm
paperback

Bozcaada Rammed Earth Workshop

July 2015

One of the most disputed applications in the world concerning the use of local sources in architecture is the rammed earth technique. This technique involves creating an earth mixture by reusing excess filling earth and pouring and ramming it between two mold surfaces like concrete walls. It requires a mechanical mallet with a special vibration and a very small pressing area to ram the earth. Using this technique, we held a workshop for five days with the architecture students from Istanbul Technical University and Istanbul Bilgi University. Sevim was at the helm. We built a wall emphasizing the entrance of the lot. DOKA provided us with the metal molds used in the construction of this wall. Mine and Necati İnceoğlu, who are locals of Bozcaada now, gave us their moral support.
Workshop coordinator: Timur Erşen
Participants: Ali Arslan, Berk Tan, Gülşah Meral, Melis Dağ, Ozan Çalışkan, Serkan Ateş Production assistants: Ali Aslan, Barış Bulut, Memo İnceoğlu