IZMIR WILL BECOME A CITY OF DESIGN
Izmir is getting ready to become the 121st design city around the world. Members of International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI) and universities offering education on interior design in Turkey came together at interior experience themed “8th Interior Architecture Department Heads” meeting hosted by Izmir University of Economics (IUE) Faculty of Fine Arts and Design, Department of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design. After the meeting, Izmir will be the only city in Turkey to sign IFI Declaration, which is signed by 120 cities worldwide, on Saturday, April 23.
The Declaration will be signed by Aziz Kocaoğlu, Mayor of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, and IFI President Sebastiano Renari. IUE Rector Prof. Dr. Can Muğan, IFI 2015 President Iris Dunbar, and Dilara Gür Narinç, Head of Chamber of Interior Architects Izmir Branch, will also attend the event that will take place at Historical Coal Gas Factory.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Deniz Hasırcı, Head of IUE Department of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design, indicated that cities such as New York, Sydney, Buenos Aries, Kobe, London, Hong Kong, Montreal also signed the declaration. She said, “Almost 120 academicians from universities offering education on interior design in Turkey worked on to improve this field. This year we created an international platform for our meeting. We plan to train designers who are able to make interior spaces more aesthetic and functional. Our profession focuses on making interior spaces more comfortable through the quality of air, temperature, lighting. We work for the benefit of the society. For this reason, it is important to sing an international collaboration for our city.”
‘7 concepts in 11 languages’
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hasırcı stated that they acted to make Izmir a livable city, and the declaration to be signed was submitted for signature with the attempts of Chamber of Interior Architects Izmir Branch and published in 11 languages. Hasırcı reported that the Declaration focused on 7 main concepts about the dynamics and cultural equipment of the city which are value, relevance, responsibility, culture, business, knowledge, and identity. Hasırcı quoted the following from the Declaration:
“Thoughtfully designed spaces help us learn, reflect, imagine, discover and create.
Great spaces are indispensable for great creative cultures. They encourage connections between people, ideas and entire fields of thought. As design professionals, our knowledge enables us to form spaces that respond to human needs. These human spaces are the domain of our competence, our passion and our work. We practice our profession with highest regard for engaging the world's economic and natural resources in a sustainable manner. We design for health, safety, well-being and the needs of all. It is, after all, for Humanity, our ultimate client, that we design. We shape the spaces that shape the human experience. Interior designers and interior architects synthesize human and environmental ecologies and translate science to beauty addressing all the senses.”
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