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.

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a workshop by Ece Kuray and Pınar Aksar

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