We are living at a time that...

The connections between the professions, which are engaged in the shaping of built form, are getting stronger and the differences amongst them are blurring...

Glocal economic context, and emerging social and environmental issues are leading the way to a new set of priorities...

A new generation of ‘urban thinkers’ is emerging...

‘Process’ is becoming more prominent than the ‘product’...

Land+Civilization Compositions is a Randstad [NL] and Istanbul [TR] based office that works and collaborates on issues related to built form, with a portfolio scope from research to design. We seek to interactively and informally brainstorm through some of our current questions about the formation of our built environment, over our past and current work in a variety of countries I contexts.

 

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Jason Hilgefort    Founding Partner 

Jason studied urban planning and design at The University of Cincinnati and architecture at The University of British Columbia – Vancouver. His work experience ranges from New York (Ehrenkrantz Eckstut and Kuhn), to Los Angeles (Behnisch Architekten) to Mumbai (Rahul Mehrotra). From 2000 to 2004 he worked with Sustainable Urbanist and innovator Peter Calthorpe. Since joining Maxwan A+U in 2007, he has been involved in the ongoing projects Moscow A101, Central District Rotterdam, and Barking Riverside in London. Recently, Jason has lead on Maxwan’s numerous competition victories – including South Harbour Helsinki, Basel Public space Masterplan, Kiev - 23 Parks, Ostrava Black Meadow, Marstall Platz Hannover, Magdeburg DE, and in Kaunas, Lithuania. Besides his work at Maxwan, he won Europan 11 in Vienna. Since then he formed Land+Civilization Compositions for investigating issues ranging from daily objects, to infrastructures, to cultural research. He is also a contributor to uncube magazine with writing on ‘architecture and beyond’.

 
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Merve Bedir    Partner

Merve graduated from Department of Architecture I METU, in 2003. She was involved in  a variety of projects in Turkey, Egypt, Georgia until 2008. Since then, she has been conducting her PhD on behavior and consumption, in Faculty of Architecture I TUDelft, where she was involved in projects about urban regeneration and reuse in Salzburg and Copenhagen. She has several publications about urban transformation, sustainable development, and user behavior and energy consumption. She was a freelance curator for the Netherlands Architecture Institute in 2012, where she made two main projects on reuse of buildings and urban transformation in Turkey.