“Fieldtrip Istanbul – Meeting East and West” – exhibition opens at GUtech

HALBAN Under the auspices of H.E. Ayşe Sözen Usluer, the Turkish Ambassador to Oman, the exhibition “Fieldtrip Istanbul – Meeting East and West” of the Department of Urban Planning and Architectural Design at the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) was opened today morning. The exhibition showcases the creative work realised during the architectural excursion of the 7th semester students. “Every walk through the city can never be made in a seminar room,” said Prof. Ercan Agirbas who organised and supervised the excursion. The exhibition showcased at GUtech includes, Turkish Ebru painting art, students’ sketchbooks and a short film about the excursion. To learn more about contemporary art, the group of students participated in a special Ebru workshop at the Sanathane art studio. Ebru is the Turkish painting on water. The Turkish Ambassador was very impressed of the students’ artworks. Referring to their Ebru art paintings H.E. Ayşe Sözen Usluer, the Turkish Ambassador said: “After your graduation you will mix with other cultures and I hope you will contribute to harmony and peace in the world”.

Prof. Ercan Agirbas explained the painting technique. “As an artist you are able to guide the colour. It is a result of your soul. You try to express your feelings on paper,” he said. During the one week excursion to Istanbul, the group visited many different places in Istanbul including the top tourist sites like the Blue Mosque, the bazar, the Museum for Turkish and Islamic Art and the Hagia Sofia, an important monument for Byzantine and Ottoman Empires which now serves a museum of the Turkish Republic. Throughout the entire week the group was guided by the Turkish tour guide Mr Attila Geridönmez. The students also visited the Turkish-German University (TAU) where they listened to different lectures and met with students. “As architects I believe we should travel to learn about other cultures,” said Aisha Al Hadrami, UPAD student. Due to the success of the excursion, Prof. Ercan Agirbas is planning to offer a summer school in Istanbul next year.

The exhibition “Fieldtrip Istanbul – Meeting East and West” is open to the public during the opening hours of the university.

Caption: Group photo with the UPAD students, the Turkish Ambassador H.E. Ayşe Sözen Usluer, Prof. Ercan Agirbas, as well as Prof. Wayne Swytzer of the UPAD Department.

© GUtech/ Text: Dr. Manuela Gutberlet; Photo: Fatma Al Balushi

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