İnşaat, en fazla iş cinayetinin gerçekleştiği sektör olmakla kalmadı; şehirlerde yayaların haklarını gasp etti; çevre, gürültü ve hava kirliliğine neden oldu; şantiyeleri, kaldırımları işgal etti; kamusal mekanları ve doğal alanları yok etti; yıkımlar sırasında ortaya çıkan asbest tozu halk sağlığına zarar verdi; ve hafriyat kamyonları canlar aldı.



Good news: BI is among the host organisations!

Hrant Dink Foundation announced the selected fellows of the Turkey-Armenia Fellowship Scheme in its second cycle. Beyond Istanbul is awarded to be one of the host organisation to receive a fellow from Armenia: 

Turkey-Armenia Fellowship Scheme was established by the Hrant Dink Foundation in 2014 with a view to encourage cross-border affiliation and cooperation of professionals from the two neighbouring countries, within the framework of the programme Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalisation Process financed by the European Union. The scheme particularly aims to enable cross-border learning opportunities in areas where exchange of expertise and lasting cooperation is much needed, such as academia, civil society, media, culture and arts, law and translation.

During its first cycle in 2014-2015, out of 91 applicants, the Fellowship Scheme had supported 12 fellows from Armenia and 6 fellows from Turkey for their activities in Istanbul, Yerevan and Gyumri. Please click here to read more about the experience and achievements of the fellows and their host organisations.

In 2016-2017, the Fellowship Scheme has launched a new call to offer professionals from Armenia and Turkey the opportunity to live in the neighbouring country and follow a special programme at a specific Host Organisation for the time period of four to eight months.

In the second cycle of the Turkey-Armenia Fellowship Scheme, 50 organisations from Turkey, 33 from Armenia offered fellowship opportunities for candidates from the neighbouring country. These fellowship programmes were announced in an open call in July 2016, and received a total of 32 applications, 4 from Turkey and 28 from Armenia.

As stated in the Turkey-Armenia Fellowship Scheme Regulation, with regard to the selection process, the applications have been forwarded to corresponding host organisations and to an independent selection committee. Fellows have been chosen in line with the selection criteria and priorities, outlined in the Turkey-Armenia Fellowship Scheme Regulation. As a result of this selection process, we are very pleased to announce that 11 professionals from both countries will carry out their fellowship activities in their neighbouring country in the period between November 2016 and June 2017.


Alisa Zurnachyan Kadir Has University, Center for International and European Studies (CIES)
Gayane Ayvazyan Istanbul Şehir University – Center for Modern Turkish Studies
Nareg Seferian Istanbul Policy Center
Arpenik Atabekyan Center for Spatial Justice – Beyond Istanbul
Armen Ohanyan Can Publishing
Artsrun Pivazyan Bogazici University – Peace Education, Application and Research Centre
Anahit Ghazaryan Kadir Has University Lifelong Education Center
Gretta Nikoghosyan Sabancı University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Mariya Yeghiazaryan Ret Film & Liman Film
Hasmik Tangyan BoMoVu – Association Sports and Body Movement for Social Empowerment Association
Duygu Bostancı Institute for Contemporary Art of Yerevan

During Turkey-Armenia Fellowship Scheme, fellows’ personal experiences, impressions, stories will be shared with public through the website of the Beyond Borders Turkey-Armenia – http://www.armtr-beyondborders.org.

Turkey-Armenia Fellowship Scheme Selection Committee
İbrahim Betil
Sema Kılıçer
Zara Lavchyan

Parks and Recreation 365

This book project focuses on 365 days of the Parks and Recreation Department of one district municipality (Basaksehir) via analysing the information shared at its official Twitter account. Basaksehir is one of 39 districts of Istanbul, located at the periphery of the city. The rapidly developing young district has urban, peri-urban and rural areas. Newly constructed public housing projects, gated communities, shopping malls co-exist with ecological conservation areas, mega projects as well as informally developed neighbourhoods. The urban development of the district allows us to understand the contemporary transformations of Istanbul.

The Department’s Twitter account is an astonishing source of information, both in terms of the archived labour of the municipal staff and the rich repertoire of spaces (private, public, landscapes) captured in the images shared. The Department’s hardworking employees perform various actions to maintain, repair, construct public spaces almost like Super Mario bros, however the public, to whom these spaces supposed to serve for, is almost entirely invisible in these images. This allows us wonderfully to focus on the spaces as abstract forms, and the actions of the workers as performances of the labour.



Urban Political Ecology II

We had organised “Urban Political Ecology II” graduate summer school at Koç University on July 2016. The school, with its ‘On the Road’ concept, prioritised a field-based collective learning model – one in which participants learn through the field experience and from each other.


This year, the school was coordinated by Yaşar Adanalı and the co-coordinator Sinan Erensü joined via Skype, as he had been finalising his PhD thesis, and Didem Pekün, joined our team to introduce documentary film-making and to supervise final projects of the participants.

Our first field trip was on “the Mad Projects of Istanbul and Their Mega Impacts”. We covered over 250 km in one day, stopping at various projects and meeting with different actors. Our second tour was at the Asian side of Istanbul, to Aydos Hill and Ataşehir Urban Development Site. We climbed up and down the highest point in Istanbul, stopped at one of the most interesting botanical gardens in the world right in the middle of a busy highway and visited the new rising gated communities of Ataşehir. The third trip was on “the spaces of migration”, on which we met with various members of Istanbul’s migrant communities and walked in the historical peninsula under their guidance. Our fourth tour was to the islands of Istanbul, to Heybeliada, to emphasize the multiple ways of urbanity and natures within the megapolis context. We organised our fifth tour to Piyalepaşa Bostan, one of the endangered urban agricultural gardens of Istanbul and to Hacıhüsrev, a historical neighbourhood threatened by an urban renewal projects. Our final tour was on gentrification of the downtown, where we walked different parts of Beyoglu and visited sale offices of new real-estate developments.


We had great contributions from various experts, activists and academics with diverse backgrounds. Our network of lecturers and presenters have expanded even further with their participation:


Following our summer school participant Cristal Ekşi won an award with her film that she made as part of her coursework last year, we decided to embed documentary film making to our course this year.


UMUT / HOPE is published!


This publication was prepared as part of the HOPE 1999 – 2016 Exhibition organised by Düzce Hope Studio, which was a sincere reflection of 17 year old struggle of the homeless renter earthquake victims in Düzce, by focusing on the concepts of earthquake, participation, cooperation and home. You can get a copy from our Beyond Ofis.


Hope Exhibition Opens (May 06 – June 11)

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  • What kind of spaces does hope produce?
  • What kind of spaces reproduce hope?
  • Can architecture shine as a practice of hope?
  • What kind of stances should planners, architects and artists take in the face of humanitarian, ecological and urban crises?
  • If islands of hope can be built even after challenging conditions such as an earthquake, can we scale that up to construct an alternative world?

The Hope Exhibition takes its inspiration from the Düzce Tenant Earthquake Victims who emerged victorious from the social struggle for “the right to live in a healthy and safe home” following the Düzce Earthquake of 1999. Deprived of their basic rights simply because they were tenants, the survivors had to first push the boundaries of means and spaces for participation. After surmounting many legal and administrative obstacles they formed a cooperative. Then, using these means and spaces, and launching an unparalleled process of planning and design, they succeeded in creating their own living spaces. The Düzce Hope Studio, established on the principle of open call and solidarity, and constituting of volunteers from different disciplines, organized the necessary support for the design.

The Hope Exhibition aims for a sincere reflection of this 17-year old struggle, by focusing on the concepts of EARTHQUAKE, PARTICIPATION, COOPERATIVE, and HOME.

The backbone of the exhibition is a 15-meter long TIMELINE that stretches from the 1999 Earthquake until the present. Taking Düzce as its example, this archive effort seeks to answer the questions “How should one prepare for an EARTHQUAKE? How can we create means and spaces for PARTICIPATION? Is a different kind of COOPERATIVE possible? What is a HOME outside of four walls?”;

The Participator Planning and Design Process carried on by the Düzce Hope Workshop since the beginning of 2015 is visualized chronologically, step by step, and gives us clues as to how architecture in Turkey can emerge from its crisis.

The Open Work Site Project, developed by the Düzce Hope Workshop alongside the Plankton Project team, will function as a multi-purpose community center. The furniture designed to be used in the interior of the center are also on display at the exhibition.

The artist-architect Sinan Logie commemorates the Düzce Houses of Hope and the long struggle of the Earthquake Survivors with a statue/model built for the occasion.

Fatih Pınar and Burcu Kolbay documented the past present and future hopes of the struggle.

The Hope Archive, launched at the Hope Exhibition by Didem Pekün, Jiyan Erincik, Dilara Başköylü, Beste Özdeşlik and Sinan Karaçam, opens for public access the visual memory of Düzce on a spatial and temporal platform.

The Neighborhood Dictionary A to Z aims to render visible the extensive and difficult terminology that had to be mastered by the Düzce tenants and other residents struggling for their rights.

As for the Campaign Wall created for the exhibition, it invites the Istanbul public to contribute to the construction of the Düzce Hope Homes.

The workshops conducted during the course of the exhibition will seek to address the following questions:

  • How should one prepare for an EARTHQUAKE? Before, During and After
  • How can we create means and spaces for PARTICIPATION? The Process, The Actors, The Tools
  • Is a different kind of COOPERATIVE possible? Organizing, Production, Management
  • What is a HOME outside of four walls? Functionality, Neighbors, Neighborhood

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Hope On Hope Off: Unjust Sightseeing Beyond Istanbul

Beyond Istanbul Team joined the idea competition of Advocate Europe.

With our proposal, we invite researchers from all around Europe for an unusual, innovative, cross-disciplinary urban research residency in Istanbul for 6 months. Our residency targets urban researchers, architects, designers, city planners, investigative journalists, artists, bloggers, interested in the issues of spatial justice in Istanbul and beyond. We will provide a working space and support for 6 participants from Europe to connect with local communities and ‘urban hot spots’ of contestation for 6 months.

By clicking here you can have access to our proposal and vote for us! All you need is to register quickly.

Beyond Istanbul @ the Shenzhen Biennale

Our team took part in the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB), in collaboration with Studio-X Istanbul with our study on the history of Gecekondu in Turkey.

Greetings from GECEKONDU 1930 – 2015:  Archiving News of Turkey’s Urban Informality is derived from the ongoing research project of Yaşar Adanalı on archiving news of Turkey’s urban informality. The research, carried out by Yaşar Adanalı and Deniz Öztürk, will be published as a book in 2016 by Studio X Istanbul, designed by Studio Matthias Görlich.

This archive study brings together a diverse, yet carefully selected news clippings on GECEKONDU, recording chronologically more than 1400 newspaper clippings, starting from 1930s to 2015. The archive is supplemented with essays from / interviews with leading urbanists, politicians and community leaders; several case studies; and indexes of places, institutions, concepts and people.


Urban Political Ecology On The Road II

Beyond Istanbul members Sinan Erensü and Yaşar Adanalı will repeat their three weeks long graduate summer school on Urban Political Ecology at Koç University this summer. The school, with its ‘On the Road’ concept, prioritises a field-based collective learning model – one in which participants learn through the field experience and from each other.

Istanbul presents a unique laboratory where large-scale urban and infrastructural projects meet grassroots activism and opposition. The graduate summer school intended to bring the lived aspects of this laboratory to the forefront with field trips along the transformation zones to sides of contestation, interviews with urban residents, activists, and lawyers as well as guest lecturers by local academics.

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