AURA Suare: Davıd Turnbull “Tıme slıps away”
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“Tıme slıps away”
“It is not quite one year since I spoke at AURA. I would like the opportunity of another talk, on another evening, to continue a line of thought that ended, enigmatically, with this statement: ‘Architecture will be discovered, while fishing for iron mountains, in the desert . . .’ In October, 2018, I arrived in Istanbul, after a trip to Oslo. I had been captivated by the North. I was bewitched. I chose my title carefully, to reflect my mood . . .’every time we say goodbye’. . . a melancholic mood that I have come to associate with Istanbul, and enjoy as an obligation . . . almost . . . a mood that I have encountered many times as I have travelled, in the places and books that I return to, and leave. Indeed, it is ‘returning’ that I would like to take as a starting point, as I return to Istanbul, to AURA, from the forests and the mountains in the South, my South.”
David Turnbull is a Director of ATOPIA Innovation, and Design Director of ATOPIA Research / PITCHAfrica, an award winning 501(c)3 tax exempt organisation registered in New Jersey, USA, with a specific focus on the development and construction of building types that address global ecological and social challenges.
He is also a Professor of Architecture with 30 years of experience in Design Education Internationally. His academic career started in 1989 at The Architectural Association in London while he was working in the office of James Stirling, Michael Wilford and Associates, leading major projects in Spain, Japan and Singapore. His academic appointments since 1990 include the Eero Saarinen Visiting Professorship in Architecture at Yale University, and Visiting Professorships at the University of Toronto, Canada (sponsored by CITY-TV), Columbia University’s GSAPP in New York, & Cornell University. He was Professor of Architecture at the University of Bath in the UK from 2000-2005 and from 2012 -13, Visiting Professor of Design & Innovation at The African University of Science & Technology, a Nelson Mandela Institution, in Abuja, Nigeria. He was a Professor of Architecture at The Cooper Union in New York from 2006 – 2017, and is currently a Visiting Expert at ARUP, worldwide, a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Portsmouth in the UK, and a Principal Investigator on a collaborative research project with the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland and the CSIR_IIR, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in Accra, Ghana.
PITCHAfrica’s first WATERBANK School was completed in 2012 in Laikipia, Kenya, in collaboration with The Zeitz Foundation, and was named ‘The Greenest School on Earth’ by the USGBC. WATERBANK Schools were selected by SUSTAINIA in Denmark as one of the top 100 sustainable solutions in the World and won the INTERFACE support award in the 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge.
PITCHAfrica’s WATERBANK Campus, including PITCHKenya, a high yield rainwater-harvesting Futsal Stadium, School & Environmental Centre was selected for ‘Designs of the Year 2015’ by Design Museum, London. As an inventor he has published patents for novel water and power technologies.