Recount Digital Storytelling Workshop 

This single day digital storytelling workshop will host 6-8 participants, facilitating the sharing of experiences by young refugees and the friends they made in Istanbul. 
Former journalist, Burcu is the founder and the coordinator of the Digital Storytelling Unit at Hacettepe University Faculty of Communication, Ankara, Turkey. She is also an adjunct fellow at Center for Culture and Technology at Curtin University, Perth, Australia. Since 2009, she has facilitated over 50 digital storytelling workshops with various disadvantaged groups such as women, children, migrants and refugees in cooperation with NGOs. The digital stories are available via and .

Generative Stories in the gap of Data World : #Tagless

This workshop aims to give a proposal on “alternative narratives” through examining the public space in today’s data world.
Data is the plural form of the single Latin word datum, which means ”given” the past participle of dare “to give” (from root ‘do’ – to give).

The workshop will gather a group of people from the fields of generative art (data art) and computational design to rethink the public space with an inquiry  “What if there was nothing given? What if there was no data? What would we generate in the public space in the absence of it?”The participants generate their unique stories in the gaps of the Data World in the public space where we call the #tagless places. Through these stories a proposal for an experience in the augmented reality and virtual reality will be presented. And the workshop will give the opportunity to hold a discussion on space and place in terms of augmented/virtual/public.

Documenting the Spatial Memory

How memory and experience transaction can transform perception of public space and public life? How those processes can help form those places as a hub for collective memory and interaction? Is it possible to transform public spaces without any physical interference through memory and experience transactions collectively. Can we see/perceive spaces we pass by everyday if we consider them through other people’s experiences and interactions? Where does “public” notion of public space fit in the concept of collective memory when those places are being turned into areas that don’t reflect any visible trace of prior experiences. Taksim Square will be taken as a ground for participants to answers these questions. By this workshop, these notions will be detected and documented through audial, visual, textual and mapping techniques.

The workshop will take place at ITU Taşkışla Campus and Taksim Square, on 18-19th of October 2018, between the 13.30-20.00 time slot.

Cansu Yapıcı was born in 1987 in İstanbul. She graduated from Trakya University Department of Architecture in 2009 and started her masters in History of Architecture at Istanbul Technical University. She has been working in the fields of research, exhibition and publication in Foundation of Architects and Chamber of Architects . She worked as a coordinator for the publication “Architectural Guide to Istanbul” and took part in research projects as a researcher in Istanbul Research Institute and Vienna Municipality.   Cansu still carries out endeavours in the area of right to the city and urban memory in Emek Bizim Collective and Social Rights Association as she continues her education in Department of Restoration and Conservation in Yıldız Technical University.

Selen Çatalyürekli (1987) is design researcher and documentarist. She received her Bachelors degree from Sabancı University’s Social and Political Science program and her Masters degree in Industrial Product Design program from Istanbul Technical University. In her academic works, she focuses on design for public space and participatory design. In her documentary and experimental artistic works, she visualizes issues related to social rights, ecology and urban movements, design perceptions and memory spaces. She took part in various national/ international organizations and documentary projects as instructor, photographer, videographer, editor and coordinator.

Ezgi Öz was born in 1984 İstanbul. She graduated from Yeditepe University, Faculty of Fine Art, Art and Design (Italian). She collaborated on various workshops and exhibitions in İstanbul, Rome and Milano. Between 2010 – 2013 she worked as an art gallery director and she organized more than 50 exhibitions and art projects. She completed İstanbul Bilgi University Public Space / Public Art certificate program in 2013. Between 2014 – 2016 she worked on cultural politics in local governments, and she carried out public art projects with Şişli Municipality. Ezgi completed her MA with the thesis named “Contemporary Art Practices in the Context of City and Memory Relations: Documenting İstanbul” in 2017, Işık University Social Sciences Faculty – Art Theory and Criticism. In 2018 she gave “Cultural Planning in Local Governments” seminar in Local Advocacy School organized by Yereliz Association. She worked as a Turkey project manager for Rise for Climate in from July to October 2018.

Research areas of Ezgi Öz span the variety of subjects on the relations between urban space and nature including the right to the city, memory, ecology studies, the age of Anthropocene. While she actively works with various grassroots organizations, Ezgi Öz continues her career as an independent curator and designer.


Gardens, parks agricultural areas and plants are reduced sharply, especially in big cities such as Istanbul, due to expanding constructions and urban settlements although we still need oxygen to live and the agricultural products are still the basic needs of our kitchens. This reduction of green areas and growing air pollution are the important reasons of ruining quality of life due to increasing diseases desperately besides the aesthetic and architectural concerns. 

Citizens, civil platforms and academics, still spend their time and energy for more planting separately. As the awareness and interest to the organic life, perm culture and planting is growing within some parts of the community, we are asking whether it is possible or not to combine the energies and interests of different stakeholders who are working on this issue. Through a panel of “Urban Planting as a Public Movement” we would like to gather the parties and search for the answer through a collaborative work for this common purpose. Thus it can likely be possible to take the steps all together to make this way of thinking common within the public to increase planting in the city and strengthen each other through engagement.


Pınar Aksar started working at the banking sector in 2007 and since then, she had the opportunity to work at diversified units and practice many different aspects. Shortly after her career began, she started to perform educative training.  Between 2014 and 2017 , she played a coaching role within Yapi Kredi Bank and she had been giving support to “Yapı Kredi Academy” as an outsource coach. She concluded her banking carrier in March 2018 and since then she has been working as a trainer and consultant in Nar Eğitim Danışmanlık. She’s highly interested in analysis of needs and requirements of work, educational psychology and design. With the scope of keeping the information in perspective, she’s taking a mentorship role for various non- profit organisations in her own field. Her knowledge, accumulation and experience combined with her fields of interest and with her confidence on juvenile people’s role on social transformation, she is insistent about putting coaching and mentorship in the center of her life.

Ece Kuray (1978) studied Economics at Ankara University and subsequently worked in banking business for 11 years. As a result of her high interest to culture and social sciences, she had concluded her career in this sector in 2010 and studied Cultural Management at Bilgi University. She started to working for NGOs in 2011 and worked in amberPlatform as a Projects Manager in 2012-2013. Since 2015 she is working for Mind Your Waste Foundation and as a result of her special interest to art and culture a follower of amberPlatform continuously.

Searching for the Sidewalks!

“Searching for the Sidewalks!” is a walking event that organised in order to raise awareness over sidewalk problems as a part of ‘Kaldırım Nerede?’ campaign. In this event, we aim to take a walk with the participants upon the experiences of being a pedestrian in the city. We aim to pave the way for debates on how accessible the streets and the sidewalks are, as basic public spaces of the city, with a perspective of an accessible city for all. During the walk, participants will be informed about pedestrian rigths, sidewalks standards, accessibility and various practices on the sidewalks. The factors that effect the walking experience will be identified along with the participants. Participants will take photos of the problems they identify during the walk and share them with their locations on Twitter. These sharings will be made visible on our website. After the walking, there will be an evaluation part along with the participants.

Sokak Bizim Association is a non governmental organisation aims to reach more livable cities through developing alternative solutions to urban problems. In order to reach this aim Sokak Bizim considers streets, which are the smallest units of the city, as a starting point and believes that change starts from the streets. In order to make change, Sokak Bizim uses creative and participatory methods. First creates awareness on people, than makes people act. For this purpose, the association organises events, develops campaigns and projects. The primarily fields of activity of Sokak Bizim are public spaces, streets, street culture, pedestrian&bicycle transportation.

New Public Spaces Ideas “Glossary Workshop” // Batuhan Akkaya

In this workshop we will try to enhance our glossary of ideas that shape new public spaces. As Idea makers we will try to seek the new concepts and trends while we discuss about the future of public spaces.

The workshop will have three sections, “framing, seeking, evaluating”

Framing: What we talk about when we are discussing about new public space idea ? Actually new public spaces are generally consist of everyday public spaces so why do we call them new?

Seeking: What are transformative new concepts for new public spaces? Idea makers will try to create a concept pool from the outcomes of the dialogues.

Evaluating: Idea makers will discuss the boondoggles; do new concepts and trends are capable to overcome the challenges and risks.

I am Batuhan Akkaya living in Kadıköy – İstanbul and working as an urbanist. I have a six years of experience working in various geographies for Turkey’s important public, private and civil sector organizations like Kentsel Strategy, Urban Vision Platform, Kadıköy Municipality, Kartal Municipality, ÇEKÜL Foundation, Kadıköy Academy, TAK Kartal, TAK Kadıköy, TKB (Union Of Historical Towns of Turkey). I have a Master of Science degree (MS) focused in Urban Design from Istanbul Technical University and a bachelor degree from Yıldız Technical University Faculty of Architecture Department of Urban and Regional Planning. I conduct projects in the field of urban strategic planning and design, urban vision development, cultural landscape planning, urban design, urban design guidelines, refunctioning and re-use of common and public spaces and social impact assessment for urban projects.