Hope on Water
Istanbul Design Biennale. Research Project, 2018

Client: İstanbul Design Biennial, İKSV
Project Curators: SO? Sevince Bayrak, Oral Göktaş
Team: Piknik Works, Ayfer Bartu Candan, Emre Otay, MEF Architecture students, Boğaziçi University Sociology students, Boğaziçi University Civil Engineering students
Video: Piknik

Piknik did introductory video work for research project 'Hope on Water' lead by SO? Architecture and Ideas.
Designated emergency assembly points in the case of an earthquake in Istanbul were announced in 2001. Since then, most of these public spaces have been built up, which raises the question of where everyone will be housed in the case of emergency. The idea of designing a speculative prototype of a floating emergency house came out of this fact: what if the response is not about stable land, but manageable water? Fold&Float is now floating on Golden Horn the area that will not be impacted by an earthquake’s tsunami.
Fold&Float, is a foldable structure made out of light steel construction, specially developed for emergency situations. Its light and foldable structure provides rapid and easy installation in the case of an emergency. The unit is composed of two main parts: upper structure that includes all the fixed furniture folded and implemented, and a floating pontoon made of concrete. The idea of a foldable unit which comes fully equipped is the result of research displaying that earthquake victims generally spend at least 1 year in temporary housing after the disaster.
Hope On Water is an education project done for 4th Istanbul Design Biennial” as a collaboration with civil engineering and sociology students from Boğaziçi University and architecture students from MEF University. The educational project was run by Ayfer Bartu Candan, Emre Otay, Oral Goktas and Sevince Bayrak.