Which is more conducive to innovation in design: adhering to traditional principles or relying fully on modern approaches?

Istanbul, a city that bridges two continents, embodies a unique fusion of tradition and modernity. This duality is vividly reflected in its architecture, culture, and design landscape, making it an ideal backdrop for our debate. As a city where centuries-old bazaars coexist with cutting-edge design studios, Istanbul offers a living example of the tension and harmony between the old and the new.

Our debate seeks to explore which approach fosters greater innovation in design: Should we adhere to the time-tested principles of tradition, which provide a sense of identity and continuity? Or should we embrace modern methodologies, which drive progress and adaptability in a rapidly changing world?

This discussion will feature prominent figures from Turkey’s design community, with two advocates for traditional design principles and two champions of modern approaches. Through this engaging format, we aim to uncover insights and perspectives that highlight the strengths and potential synergies of both views.

Join us at The Circle – Istanbul on September 19th for a thought-provoking exchange that delves into the heart of design innovation.

Speakers will be announced in August.

Batuhan Öztürk, curator and moderator

Batuhan Öztürk is part of the Umadina Design Studio team as a brand representative, brand spokesperson, and supporter, also taking on the role of BIG SEE Turkey coordinator.


The Circle

Tomtom Mah. Tercüman Çk.
No: 16/1, 34433 Beyoğlu
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Ministry of Culture, Republic of Slovenia


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