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UMUT / HOPE is published!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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”Neighborhoods Union”’s first consultative meeting (Mahalleler Birliği 1. istiṣare toplantısı)

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On the 12th and 13th of September, we attended the, two days, workshop prepared for the ‘’Neighborhoods union’’ (Mahalleler birliği).

The aim of this workshop, organized by ‘’the One Hope Association’’ (1 Umut derneği) volunteers team, was to educate the ‘’Neighborhoods Union’’ members to read master plans and documents relative to urban planning issues. This training will provide them a better understanding of the projects targeting their living spaces and give them better means to develop counterproposals.

Archetypes, architecture in Turkey through the ages

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Pht: Sedad Hakkı Eldem, SSK Headquarters, Zeyrek Istanbul

In the frame of the Europalia Turkey Art Festival in Brussels, Beyond Istanbul member, Sinan Logie is curating an exhibition on architecture in Turkey. The presented works will be a compilation of 22 wooden architecture models focusing on the reinterpretations of archetypes between historical monuments and modern or contemporary buildings. The project team is composed of: Sinan Logie and Melek Aksoy as curators + Özgür Demirbuğa, Yunus Emre Dokumacıoğlu, , Efe İlteray, Gülberk Karaağaç and Ece Ünübol  from the Graduate program at Istanbul Bilgi University  faculty of Architecture. The exhibition will open on October the 13th at Centre International pour la Ville, l’Architecture et le Paysage in Brussels.

http://europalia.eu/en/article/archetypes_646.html

Urban Political Ecology On The Road

Beyond Istanbul members Sinan Erensü and Yaşar Adanalı had carried out three weeks long graduate summer school on Urban Political Ecology at Koç University. 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.

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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.