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Elio Montanari, Italian architect and photographer

Interview with Elio Montanari by Tuğba Kibar/ Experience of Living Together in Istanbul / October 2010 Elio Montanari is an Italian architect and a photographer with a focus on buildings and physical structures and therefore the city itself in general. Living in Istanbul since 2002, Elio was married here for the first time of his life and plans to stay in Istanbul from now on. When one is posed the question related to the coexistence of various religious groups, family ties and neighbourhood relations are almost the only subject matter that is discussed. During my conversation with Elio, I came to realize that physicality of space in…

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Kanun finds new life in the hands of skilled craftsmans

One of the unique characteristics of Kenan Özten's signature kanuns is that every piece is made by him and his apprentice Zafer Kibar.  November 02, 2008 The kanun, an oriental zither, is a music instrument unique to Turkish music and is painstakingly difficult to manufacture as it requires long labor and great expertise, says a veteran kanun-maker. Kenan Özten, one of the finest kanun-makers alive, explained to Sunday's Zaman that "while the kanun has been a traditional musical instrument in Turkey, we have started to see a great interest lately especially among our youth."What makes the kanun unique, he said, is the instrument is strung…

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Istanbul to host event promoting architectural quality

October 09, 2008 The Architecture Center, which has been working since 2000 for the development and construction of high-quality architecture in Turkey, is preparing to host an event named ArkiPARC 2008 in İstanbul between Oct. 15 and 17.  Around 25 to 30 speakers will attend the event, which will take place at the Military Museum and Cultural Complex in İstanbul’s Harbiye neighborhood, with the theme of “Dialogue for Urban Quality.” (more…)

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