Superpool, Istanbul

Superpool was founded in Istanbul in 2006 by Selva Gürdoğan and Gregers Tang Thomsen. They met at Rem Koolhaas’ Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in 2003, where they worked until establishing Superpool. In 2012, the practice was one of the five architectural offices that were selected to develop a vision on future urban mobility for the Audi Urban Future Award 2012, an international architecture competition that focuses on specific mobility scenarios in major metropolitan regions. Mapping Istanbul is another key project: commissioned by Garanti Gallery, this book comprises nearly a hundred maps and information graphics that provide a valuable resource for architects, planners and policy-makers involved in developing the city's future. Currently, the practice is engaged in TailorCrete, a European Commission funded research programme for incorporating robotics into concrete construction technology. Most recently, the duo has taken on directing Studio-X Istanbul, which is part of the global network of “urban laboratories” founded by Columbia University.