Land+Civilization Compositions (L+CC) is a Randstad (in the Netherlands) and Istanbul based office led by Jason Hilgeford and Merve Bedir. The practice works and collaborates on issues related to built form, with a portfolio scope from research to design. The practice seeks to interactively and informally brainstorm through some of the current questions about the formation of our built environment in a variety of countries and contexts.
Founding partner Jason Hilgeford 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) and 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 also contributed to uncube magazine.
Merve Bedir graduated from Department of Architecture at 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 at the Faculty of Architecture, TU Delft. There she was involved in projects about urban regeneration and reuse in Salzburg and Copenhagen. She has written several publications on urban transformation, sustainable development, and user behaviour 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.
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