Istanbul Intelligence is an effort to intellectualy grasp the metroplis of Istanbul. In other words “what makes Istanbul tick?” And vice versa; trying to understand the world from the perspective of Istanbul. We use Istanbul as a metaphor to understand the world.
Istanbul Intelligence is made by:

Banu Alpay
Banu Alpay

Banu is a designer who was born and raised in Turkey and has matured in New York. She went to school in Parsons School of Design, started out with product but finished as a communication designer in 2005. She has been freelancing for different companies such as !K7 Records, Victoria’s Secret and more on projects varying from retail store graphics to website design.Recently she has moved back to Istanbul to get to know her home town better and to spend more time with her family. However she’s still happily stuck in between the two cities she loves the most. Banu joined Istanbul Intelligence early 2007.


Edwin Gardner
Edwin Gardner

Edwin (1980) is an editor and organizer on the move. He is Dutch and studies architecture at the Technical University in Delft. Edwin organized events such as the Projective Landscape conference, was and is board member of different organisations (Stylos, Argus, Ontwerpfront), and one of the founding members of Difuzyon. Currently he is working as web editor for Archis/Volume, as editor for _front and dj’ing in the Rundfunk DJ collective. Edwin started Istanbul Intelligence in the late summer og 2007 when he moved to Istanbul to study there for half a year at ITU, Taskisla.

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If you can idetify with the editorial line of the blog. You can join in blogging, or if you want to post as an article as guest-editor, contact us.

edwingardner [at] gmail [dot] com

5 responses to “About

  1. i wish i saw this before.. great updates on design and culture.

  2. Very impressive, Ed bey! I enjoy your writing very much and like the perspective. Well researched and articulate.

    I also share the desire to cover certain aspects about life here. A while back, I started a street style website that is Istanbul-centric. Take a look when you get time:


    Cheers, have fun and keep up the great work!

  3. have been proud of you.

  4. Hi!

    My name is Max Adam and I will be in Istanbul during the IFW and I would like to know if you are going to be there as well?

    Are you a street style photographer?

    If not, do you know any?

    I am looking forward to your response!

    Thank you very much in advance!

    Best regards,

    Max Adam
    Community Manager
    Fashionfreax GmbH

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