Open Call: “Engaged Education” Mobile Workshop in Istanbul 21-24 September 2018

Application Deadline: 13th September 2018

Engaged Education

Between September and November 2018 the city of Istanbul will host its 4th Design Biennale. Titled A School of Schools, this edition will act as a “multi-platform biennale that uses, tests, and revises a variety of educational strategies to reflect on the role of design, knowledge, and global connectedness. 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.”(1)

Within this context, the action-research project Making Futures Bauhaus+ travels to Istanbul for the first in a series of mobile workshops. Taking part will be invited participants as well as those selected via an open call. The intensive, 4-day programme encompasses visits to the biennial, public readings, lectures and site-explorations with local partners.

Mobile workshops are ambulatory learning constellations geared towards dialogue, deep collaboration and lasting relations that hope to expand the traditional field of academic research and its network. Most importantly, these real-time constructions reaffirm the project as an open, reflexive and practice-driven format.

Some of the many questions we will explore during these four days include: How might we learn about the contemporary urban condition and the relation of the subject within it? What educational formats are needed to develop future imaginaries of what it might mean to become an urban practitioner? And how should the agency of such practice be understood?


Anyone can apply to the Mobile Workshop. Please send us an intention letter (max. 500 words) including a small introduction (who you are), why do you want to come to Istanbul with us (we expect full commitment during the four days) and how do you imagine contributing to the programme.

Email it to: – before September 13th, 2018
Selected participants will be informed on September 14th, 2018.

Programme starts Friday September 21st, noon and finishes on Monday September 24th, noon.
Participants travel at own costs. The mobile workshop does not have a fee.