After receiving his Master's degree from MIT School of Architecture's Department of History, Theory and Criticism, Ömer Kanipak founded Arkitera Architecture Center in 2000. He held the position of general director at the center until 2011. Currently he is a freelance architect working on various urban and architectural research projects. He frequently writes for various national and international publications, and provides consultancy for related institutions and architectural offices.
They spend the money allocated quite wisely by sending ten of their young practices abroad to perform research on how their colleagues work in other geographies. In order to see what the British architects might create, it was more valuable to see what they are struggling to achieve and how they research for it.
As one of the most industrialized and highly urbanized countries in Western Europe, Germany makes a bold statement to re-use the existing building stock and materials. It is an indirect but strong argument for the power and effect of architects and developers on both the environmental and financial global crises.
This is a striking way to show and emphasize the capacity of simple architectural solutions for the re-use of the existing building stock in order to create new spaces. Similar to the German Pavilion, the Netherlands, as one of the most urbanized countries, has an advanced architectural agenda and is looking ways to re-use existing architecture while questioning the real need for constructing new buildings.