With the present crisis and reality of the COVID 19 pandemic which altered our life and daily routine in a radical way, the future, in terms of the relationship between societies and individuals; between societies, individuals and environment, as well as between humans and space once again became a significant and a vital discussion issue. The ongoing pandemic and its unpredicted effects have led to the need to redefine and shape the motivations and goals about the design problem to be worked on in the studio as well. This semester our group will revisit such concepts as futurism…The increasing intensity and frequency of the crisis indicate that radical changes are at the door. “Future”, in this sense, will inevitably become an outcome of, and represent radical transformations/revolutions in technological, social and cultural contexts and will be defined and represented by physical forms, design templates, urban and architectural situations and images that will be different and/or novel…

As specified in this brief we continue to revisit future in ARCH 402 studio. This time, our theme is education and our focus is on developing an architectural program; on the verge of a future where global revolutions will take place the concept of education should also be challenged.

Perhaps the most radical and comprehensive challenge among many fields is evolving against conventional educational settings and curricula as technology penetrates everyday life more rapidly and intensely than ever before, and becomes accessible even for very young age groups. The multidimensional, comprehensive and fast information transfer offered by technology, in other words, the online education medium has already shown that the understanding of education will not remain as before and will undergo radical changes. In today's world education at all levels must indeed be progressive, innovative, creative and socially beneficial.

In this sense, the two subjects that have begun to be significantly adapted to the curriculum at all educational levels are design and innovation. Not surprisingly however, both fields make their widest spread at the higher education and the research level, most likely because, they appear to be the most engaged and consumed fields of occupation, action and development to eliminate or mitigate today's global social and environmental crises caused by war, conflict, economy, political tension, poverty, migration, epidemic or any other reason.

The studio respectively, will dwell on the education and philosophy of design and innovation in the context of an Academy that aims to provide groundbreaking academic experience by offering a curriculum of courses in creativity, entrepreneurship, leadership and ethics and to equip students with the 21st-century skills needed to flourish in an innovative culture. The educational programs will foster interdisciplinary, and intercultural work and will be conducted through joint partnerships with professionals from the world’s top institutions. The goal of the education is thus, to form multidisciplinary international teams, validate ideas, to design and launch products as well as develop market strategies. The programs to be offered will challenge to think creatively and to inspire the next generation of design and technology makers, educators, facilitators and business leaders. The community of the Academy will be guided by academicians, innovation experts, entrepreneurs, technology and design thinking practitioners in an environment where dynamics of creativity, discovery, invention across disciplines; problem identification and solving through design thinking; grounding in ethical theory and practice, in careful reasoning about moral issues, with a focus on changes and their consequences; starting companies or executing R&D (research and development) projects in large companies; skills and knowledge necessary to move an innovation from creation to implementation are pursued.