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Touted as a biennial about design as learning and learning as design, A School of Schools is a multi-platform event that will use, test, and revise a variety of educational strategies to reflect on the role of design, knowledge, and global connectedness in contemporary Istanbul and beyond.
The event will take the shape of a flexible year-long programme within which to respond to global acceleration, generating alternative methodologies, outputs and forms of design and education. Exploring eight themes, the biennial treats the learning environment as a context of empowerment, reflection, sharing and engagement, providing reflexive responses to specific situations. Can the biennial use, question and reframe previously tried-and-tested education models – from the museum-as-encyclopedia to the laboratory, the studio and the academy – to create a setting for meaningful dialogue and design? Can design itself be a brave space for people to share their knowledge and ignorance, their experience and curiosity?
Engaging multigenerational, transdisciplinary practitioners from Turkey and abroad, A School of Schools brings together old and new knowledge, academic and amateur, professional and personal, focusing on the process as much as the outcomes. Together, agents in this complex and ambitious ecosystem will create new knowledge, search for alternatives to implemented systems, and with radical diversity, push the boundaries of the design discipline.