I figured out the seemingly change is difficult to realize though the details may give you clues. Above all, one more thing remained exactly the same, were the park and gardens.
Images are the first to consume in todays’ world. Along with the scent of a city, voices were not being noticed as they are in all the chaos. With also effects of my past radiophonic experiences and interaction with voice,I decided to record voices of everyday life from all over the city. On the other hand compared to scents, voice was much easier to keep. In addition, listening a voice, focusing on one sense – except vision- lets me to focus directly to that moment and memorize&visualize the moment with its environment. And with these actions a question apperared in my mind, if its is possible to try to understand the change by the help of sounds.
The river Turia which used be a running river though de to uncontrollable flood at 1957 it is diverted to another route and the old riverbed exists as a grand green-space lying all along the city. It is known as the biggest park of Europe. Imagine yourself walking in a park that used to be a riverbed, in which now there are millions of plants and trees living in. I always imagined myself as a cycling fish when I walk (usually cycling) in Turia. Turia starts from Truel province, passes through Cuenca and meets with the sea from the coast of Valencia.
Observing the neighborhoods and their transformation was a part of my interest as well. The debates on central Valencia, rising prices of houses with the effects of Air-BNB, urban transformation of neigbourhoods such as Cabanal were titles on my agenda. As the things in change, there were some kept such as the Water Tribunal tradition.
Collecting data about city and its inhabitants, observing everyday life, being actively on the streets and interacting with people were essentials. By interwieving with local cultural actors in various ages, I focused on how to keep the pulse of the possible changes in everyday life and social relations.
Profesor- Maria (46) Attorney- Adolfo (64) Ecologist- Jesus (43) Restaurant owner- Vicente (38) Sociologist- Neus (33) Artist- Esther (32) Entrepreneur- Cesar (40) Broker- Arnau (41)
As being the 3th biggest city of Spain, Valencia has always been at an important point with its participation to economy and production of agriculture like the whole of Valencian Region. The Region hosts 24 milliontourists yearly. The population of Valencia is 800 thousand. As someone living in İstanbul with a population of approximately 16 million inhabitants, I was also interested in how the living and travelling population, how this circulation of people affected to Valencian city. Trying to explore the city- again after years- in terms of urban change may seem like a challenge by itself on the first hand. Focusing on possible impacts of the urban change on the inhabitants everyday life and vice versa I started to do my research.
Arriving to Valencia once again 10 years later, at first glance I was wondering what still remained same. Visiting neighborhoods of Valencia and the places I spent time before became my primary tools to see and compare today with the past. By focusing on urban planning and architecture I aimed to try to obtain a general idea. Back at 2009 I witnessed some part of the renewal of Politecnica de Valencia Fine Arts buildings. I was there during the collapse of a part of old buildings and saw the beginning of some of the new constructions as well. I was an eyewitness of the architectural renewal which has ties on probably the first hand with the changing economy and housing bubble.
I also took part in (Un)Urban: Designing for the green city Summer School’ as a lecturer. Even getting prepared for such a presention on this matter itself has been a challenge for me. How could I summarize the crazy and mega current urban debates on green spaces to the audience who even haven’t been in a country before.
How could I differentiate the green space design from the deforestation issues or how could I filter the impact of mass urbanization and political decisions from the urban struggles and activism. I couldn’t :). Here is the evidence and the video about the presentation:
The lecture was for the 1st and 2nd year students about the ‘Challenges in Designing Green Spaces in Istanbul’. The students have summarized the matters i had been talking about, in their blog post at the following link: