“Clusters and Crystals: Observing at Point Zero”

19th July – 31th August 2014

“An Ideal Laboratoire: Village Institutes”

20th July – 31th August 2014

The Village Institutes became operational on April 17, 1940, following an act legislated in 1938. The project was directed by Hasan Ali Yücel, the Minister of Education of time. Developed by the extraordinary efforts of İsmail Hakkı Tonguç, the head of primary education, the project targeted founding schools all across Anatolia. This way, people would be able to be educated operatively according to the regional resources and needs, as well as the general standarts. Given the fact that 80% of the population having lived in villages, the primary mission of the Village Institutes was to bring up teachers to the rural areas. Besides, from masonry to beekeeping, farming, and arts, a wide variety of craftsmanship were also taught. With this method, along with the education of the children of the region, children from different regions were also involved in the program and a connection between schools was established by way of exchange programes.

with the collaboration of Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts

“The Architecture of Red Vienna, 1919-1934”

20th July – 31th August 2014

Red Vienna is the term given to the period of one-party rule by the Social Democrats from 1919-1934 (the Social Democrats have held the position of mayor and a majority on the city council without interruption since 1945). One of Red Vienna’s most enduring achievements was the introduction of the social housing construction program. This municipal housing scheme and its Gemeindebauten housing has provided affordable accommodation since the First World War. The best example of social housing from the Red Vienna era is the impressive Karl-Marx-Hof in the 19th district, which provides the setting for a new permanent exhibition.

with the collaboration of Kultur Forum Austria