Founded as an initiative of Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP), Studio-X Istanbul is an urban laboratory that aims to identify the current and future issues facing the city and seeks to generate innovative forms of thinking for their solutions.


As the Istanbul space of a global university, Studio-X’s preoccupation is to express the content of the university while also absorbing the information outside and blur the boundary in-between as much as possible. This is a living space: it exists to generate ideas, discuss, and even make mistakes. Studio-X Istanbul strives to host the flourishing of good ideas around urban issues and the development of pioneer thinkers.

To this end, Studio-X creates a new platform to enable information and knowledge exchange among experts, universities, civil society organizations and local governance; supports everyone who would like to do something on urban issues. Studio-X works in coordination with Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul.