Two exhibitions of student works from ID122 and ID221 Origins and Attitudes in Industrial Design courses will be open as of Jan 7, Wednesday, in the METU Faculty of Architecture entrance hall. You can find the information about the exhibitions below.

EXHIBITION #1: History of Material Culture
January 7, METU Faculty of Architecture, Entrance Hall
Student works from ID122 Origins and Attitudes in Industrial Design I

Neolithic revolution is one of the most significant transformations in social, political and economic order of the world; being a turning point for science, technology, society and culture. Owing much to domestication techniques in agriculture, increase in safety and health conditions due to transition to settled life, and accumulation of surplus made food production possible, enabling division of labor and a more complex social organization. Neolithic revolution gives way to the development of science and technologies for record-keeping, transformations in material production including crafts, art and architecture; expansion of trade, and a constantly changing world view throughout Mesopotamian civilizations, Ancient Greek, Rome and the Medieval Europe.

Throughout the semester, we attempted to mark the major transformations in the history of civilizations. Consequently, this exhibition consists of student posters, concentrating on the difference between the period prior to the Neolithic period and the period after the Neolithic period. The aim is to visually summarize how the world view has continued to change (in what terms especially and why) through the periods following, and how these changes in the world view has been reflected in science, culture, art and architecture, thus what type of institutions represented and run these changes, and what type of contributions they have done to the development of civilization in the world.

EXHIBITION #2: History of Industrial Design
January 7, METU Faculty of Architecture, Entrance Hall
Student works from ID221 Origins and Attitudes in Industrial Design II

Industrial design as a profession has its foundations from transitions in economic, social and political structure beginning from the early 18th century, this can be dated even to the early 16th century for the reasons of the fact that the first signs of the development of early capitalism has been seen from then onwards. The transformation from the early capitalist mode of production towards the 19th century industrialization, which was driven by capital accumulation and expansion of trade and markets along with the newly emerging middle classes as the first salient consequence, created a force towards mechanization and standardization in production process. This was, indeed, a new mode of production contrasting with the ongoing crafts tradition of the era.

Separation of conception from production phase, followed by explorations on new materials and production techniques, inevitable conflicts on both the discussion and realization of the indispensable relation between utility and form along with the newly developing language of machine production, reconciliation attempts through publications and education; they all mark the pavestones to the institutionalization of industrial design as a profession.

This exhibition consists of selective student posters, which visually summarizes this transformation and eventually led to the emergence of industrial design as a profession.