Curated by In-Between Design Platform, Commons & Communities selection from Turkey is bringing ideas challenging the notion of architecture today. The projects are re-thinking architecture as a tool for improving social wellbeing, encouraging community building, triggering empathy and emotional intelligence, raising societal awareness over local culture and reflecting how solidarity can play a key role to reclaim the public space.
Curation of In-Between Design Platform is focusing on the “co-” culture of our time which is responding to tendencies, raising from the need to have multiple voices in decision making processes. The definition of “end user” is changing. The user is being included at the beginning of the design process and becoming an active profile who actually completes the design. This democratic approach is shifting the perception from “design for” to “design with”.
Today, an architect is also becoming a consultant and facilitator who is creating cross-disciplinary dialogues which can help communities to build spaces they want to live in.
Based on the changing global dynamics stated below, the projects selected for Commons & Communities Turkey are reflecting architecture as a powerful tool transforming the society collectively by respecting all living organisms in our planet.
Founded by Bilgen Coşkun and Dilek Öztürk, IN-BETWEEN Design Platform creates design-related projects intended to generate value. IN-BETWEEN is working as the partner with European institutions such as EU, Swedish Institute, Danish Cultural Institute, Paris Design Week for diverse design projects, connecting global design institutions with Turkish partners through the fields of Creative Content Consultancy, Design Curation and Design Communication. Bilgen Coşkun is leading Fashion Management Program at Istanbul Moda Academy and Dilek .ztürk is a part time lecturer at Istanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Architecture.
Designed by Tabanlıoğlu Architects, Baksı Hüsame Köklü Women’s Community and Production Centre encourages trust, sharing, learning and production of women in the rural community by using the authentic values of local culture.
Designed by SO? and Collaborators, Hope On Water is focusing on developing emergency houses with an interdisciplinary educational approach.
Designed, produced and established and by local architects, activists, stakeholders and the local community, Ilya’s Kuzguncuk Garden is reflecting how solidarity can play a key role to reclaim the right to use the public land.
Designed by ŞANALarc, Kütahya Çamlıbahçe Marketplace demonstrates how daily life rhythms generated by urban activities are enriching urban culture.
Designed by Salon Alper Derinboğaz, Museum of Istanbul rethinks the notion of today’s museum as a living cultural center improving social interaction and wellbeing.
Curated by Erginoğlu & Çalışlar, Palanga Art & Architecture Farm creates a collective architectural methodology that embodies a holistic culture merging art, agriculture and everyday life.
Designed by Han Tümertekin and Collaborators for The 17th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice Biennale; Side by Side is enabling possibilities for co-existence at the water’s edges where “mobility makes place” (Jensen, 2009).
Üçüncü Mekan, designed by Elif Çeçen and Zeynep Tümertekin, is offering a constantly developing public space by various activities held by the communities, raising societal awareness over environment, local culture and local makers.
Yahşibey Design Workshops #49 team presents ‘realizable’ design proposals for 2 abandoned village schools they developed as part of Yahşibey Design Workshops together with Nevzat Sayın and Herkes İçin Mimarlık Derneği.
Designed by Superpool, Zümrütevler Square Interim Implementation is increasing pedestrian safety by shifting our angle to see the city from an elevation of a 3 year old. Yalı Square and bike path implementations aim to remove irregular parking to create a neighborhood square in front of a primary school facility.