Istanbul Biennial: Who Builds Your Architecture?

The Global Network Drawing by WBYA? maps the implications of global architecture projects through in-depth analyses of globalized workforces, in particular migrant construction labor. The ethics around migrant labor and iconic global architecture became a matter of public debate in 2011 when Gulf Labor, an artist-led campaign for workers rights, staged protests calling on cultural institutions to resolve labor rights issues on building sites in Abu Dhabi. As part of Gulf Labor’s 52 Weeks Campaign, WBYA? proposed expanding the human rights standards briefly noted in the American Institute of Architects’ Code of Ethics.


For the 2nd Istanbul Biennial, The Future is Not What it Used to Be, WBYA? created a workroom that illustrates their proposal, asking questions such as: How can we expand the definition of sustainable architecture to include sustaining human life?


2nd Istanbul Biennial - curators Zoe Ryan and Meredith Carruthers


Kadambari Baxi, Jordan Carver, Laura Diamond Dixit, Lindsey Wikstrom Lee, Tiffany Rattray, Mabel O. Wilson; with Glen Cummings and Aliza Dzik of MTWTF; and support from Columbia University GSAPP