ABOUTBLANK is an innovative inter-disciplinary architecture office founded by Ozan Özdilek, Hasan Sıtkı Gümüssoy, Erhan Vural and Gökhan Kodalak in 2005, and practices architecture, urban design, cultural theory, research and visual production, using Istanbul, Nişantaşı office as its headquarters. The works of ABOUTBLANK, ranging from exhibitions, short films and stand designs to the scale of buildings, urban masterplans, and idea competitions, have been granted many national and international awards. And, as a team that emphasizes collective production, ABOUTBLANK has collaborated with several national and international partners, including but not limited to MVRDV, AECOM, 3PLUS1 and Martha Schwartz Partners.
Designs, concepts, researches, and productions of ABOUTBLANK emphasize a rigorous hybridity which simultaneously puts forth analytical and pragmatic frameworks, while inventing new capabilities through flexible and creative system manipulations. Thus, ABOUTBLANK is the name given to a virtual smooth space, that actualizes the organization of different inputs of a variety of socio-spatial vertexes in a process-driven design setup, so as to produce fresh lines of flight within architectural and urban milieus, backed by nuanced political, cultural, and economic analyses.
ABOUTBLANK, Istanbul Office;
Current Team: Ece Sıla Bora, Erhan Vural, Gökhan Kodalak, Hasan Sıtkı Gümüşsoy, Osman Mürsel Ural, Ozan Özdilek, Marcin Myjak.
Contributors: Çiğdem Karamürsel, Ece Palabıyık, Helena Hirokawa, Özlem Bütün, Tuğçe Kodalak, Gülnar Ocakdan, Bilge Altuğ, Cavidan Bayraktar, Demet Başaran, Simla Yüzgeç, İpek B. Glaister, Beyza Derbentoğulları, Konrad Voges, Beyza Derbentoğulları, Emmanuelle Dechelette.
Collaborations: MVRDV (Holland), AECOM (UK), BDesign (Turkey), ARK_itecture (USA), 3PLUS1 (Holland), Kentsel Strateji (Turkey), Martha Schwartz Partners (USA).