Green Commons moderated by Zeynep Kadirbeyoğlu

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 this panel, we would like to talk about city gardens, their structures and history and the possibilities of public space and common thinking through planting in the city.

Zeynep Kadirbeyoğlu (Boğaziçi University)

Sevil Baştürk (Roma Garden)
Yiğit Ozar (Archeologists Association; Yedikule Garden)
Boğaçhan Dündaralp (ddrlp, Kuzguncuk Garden)
Aslıhan Demirtaş (LEED AP, KHORA Office, Kadir Has University)

Zeynep Kadirbeyoglu (MA in Economics at Boğaziçi University; MPhil in Social and Political Sciences at University of Cambridge) who is Associate Professor at the department of Political Science and International Relations at Bogazici University in Istanbul, holds a PhD in Political Science from McGill University. Her research interests include globalization, transnational networks, democratization, decentralization, citizenship, local government and participation. She previously worked on two international comparative projects: one on dual citizenship and the other on environmental change and forced migration. Her previous works have been published in Environmental Politics and Mediterranean Politics.

Archaeologist Yiğit Ozar graduated from Istanbul University, Department of Archeology in 2008. Istanbul University, Department of Classical Archeology. He works on various conservation, restoration, planning and urban archeology projects. Focused on urban archeology, conservation and archeology policies, Ozar, has been working in this scope in the Archaeologists Association Istanbul Branch since 2012. He is contributing to the studies related to the preservation of Historic Yedikule Gardens and Piyalepaşa Gardens.

Boğaçhan Dündaralp Architect, Designer, Writer, Educationist. He won numerous awards since his college years such as Archiprix(1997), Arkitera Young Architect Award(2004), two National Architecture Awards(1998, 2006) and YEM(The Building Information Centre) Award(2008). A selection of his works has been published in a book entitled “Genç Çizgiler/Young lines”(2004). In 2009, by The Architecture Foundation/London, he has been assigned as one of three architects who will represent the city of Istanbul for London-Istanbul International Exchange Programme which is finalized with a book called “Istanbul Para-doxa”. As a part of 1st Istanbul Design Biennial(2012), he was invited to “Adhocracy” exhibition curated by Joseph Grima and took place in “Intervention” about Yona Friedman’s “Haliç Centre” project. Since 2005, Dündaralp has been directing the architecture office called ddrlp. With his multi-positioned stance within the area of architectural knowledge, he is researching and developing solution strategies for multilayered architectural problems related to the city, the metropolis and different architectural scales. ;

Aslihan Demirtas, is an architect and the principal of the interdisciplinary studios Aslihan Demirtas Architecture & Research Office and KHORA (founded with Ali Cindoruk) based in Istanbul and New York. Her practice purposefully crosses territories and boundaries of disciplines in the forms of building, landscape, installation projects, and exhibitions, as well as research. Her work threads through subjects and places such as urban agriculture, infrastructure, landscape, architectural knitting/weaving, activism through design, and any other coincidental commissions of architecture, landscape, and design. 
Demirtaş holds a SMarchs from MIT, Cambridge, MA, and a BArch from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara. She is currently working on her upcoming e-book Graft to be published by SALT in 2018 with the support of Graham Foundation Grant she received in 2013, and on the strategic renovation of the Lumbardhi Cinema in Prizren. She is an active member of the Initiative for the Protection of the Historical Yedikule Urban Gardens, working to keep the 1,500 year old urban agriculture heritage and landscape of Istanbul. Demirtaş is full-time faculty at Kadir Has University, Faculty of Arts and Design, Department of Architecture.

Sevil Baştürk, permaculture designer, graduated from İstanbul University Philosophy. She is defender of life, one of the people of Roma Community Park which was organized with the principles of permaculture.

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Thursday II
Sevil Baştürk, Yiğit Ozar, Boğaçhan Dündaralp, Aslıhan Demirtaş

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