Zeynep Sıla Akıncı, Şerif Toka, Pelin Tan, Yildiz Tahtaci, Rojda Tugrul, Merve Gül Özokcu, Keller Easterling, Mezra Öner, Sevgi Ortac, Malkit Shoshan, Yelta Köm.
Zeynep Sıla Akıncı is a landscape architect and urban designer. She published an article about infrastructure & resource territories in Climates: Architecture and the Planetary Imaginary (Columbia Books & Lars Müller, 2016). Her research interests include social ecology, Kurdish politics, and water geopolitics. Akıncı is a master student at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona.
Mezra Öner is an urban planner. focuses on the geography of trash/waste, Z.Bauman and biopolitics, anthropocene. She completed her master degree about the Politics and the Geography of Trash/Waste at Master Program of Architecture at Mardin Artuklu University under the Supervisor of Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pelin Tan. She is a grants manager of International Medical Corps Turkey which is an international humanitarian aid organization for Refugees in Turkey that provides medical and outreach support to cross-border. She is responsible for conducting projects on the field with coordinating local NGO’s. Öner graduated from department of City and Regional Planning at Middle East Technical University in Ankara. She was the Project Cordinator of Mardin WasteWater Treatment Plant Project on behalf of Mardin Metropolitan Municipality for two years and has taken role for institutional capacity building of Municipality. Öner is a member of Chamber of City Planner and Association of Human Rights in Diyarbakır. In addition that, she has participated to some workshops and seminars as speaker and participant: “Urban transformation, Border&Migration and urban warfare”, The Aesthetics of Affect: conflict, space, action, method, Workshop, Actopolis Project, Goethe Ankara, 07-08/10/2016, “Extrastatecraft – Colonization of Infrastructure”, speaker/participant, Autonomous Infrastructure Project, Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016: After Belonging, 20/06/2016″, “Understanding Autonomy Practices”, presenter/speaker, Radical Urban Theory with Prof.David Harvey, Mardin Artuklu Architecture Faculty, Postgraduate Program, Mardin,12-14 May 2015 Summer School-Practices of Commoning: Critical Spatial Ecology in Beirut, participant Beirut/Lebanon, 10/08/2016.
Pelin Tan is a sociologist and art historian. She was Associate Professor and Vice-Dean at the Architecture Faculty, Mardin Artuklu University, Mardin (Sept. 2013 – Sept.2017). In 2016, she was visiting Associate Professor at PolyU School of Design, Hong Kong. Tan is involved in artistic and architectural projects that focus on urban conflict, territorial politics, and conditions of labor. She is research fellow of ACT/ School of Architecture and Urban Planning, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, The Japan Foundation, DAAD, IASPIS, CCA Kitakyushu, Hong Kong Design Trust. Tan is the research fellow of BAK – Utrecht and ACT/MIT. Recent Publications: “The Matter of Scale” Superhumanity (Minnesota Univ.Press, 2018), “Towards New Urban Society” IPSP (Edts.S.Sassen &E.Pieterse, Cambridge Press, 2018), 2000+: Urgencies of Architectural Theories (GSAPP, 2015), and The Silent University: Toward Transversal Pedagogy (Sternberg Press, 2016), Autonomous Archiving (2016), Camp as Trans-local Practice (Refugee Heritage, e-flux architecture, 2017). She is a part of the pedagogical consortium on Refugee Heritage, Campus in Camps, Dheisheh Palestinian Refugee Camp, West Bank. Tan is currently curator of 1.Wuzhen Architecture Biennial (China 2018). She co-directed three episodes of films titled 2084; about the future of art and society with artist Anton Vidokle.
Şerif Toka 1975 Born in Hadim/Konya. She completed her Phd on image and Diyarbakir at the Architecture Faculty of Mardin Artuklu University in 2017. She completed her BA in Philosophy (METU, Ankara); her MA degree at Political Science (AU. Ankara) in 2002. Serif lives in Mardin and works on video image, videogram, urban space.
Yildiz Tahtaci is an urban planner; completed her thesis “Spaces of Commons of Dispossessed Women: Women’s Laundry House of Benusen Neighborhood/ Diyarbakır and The Women’s Center/ The Square at the Fawwar Camp/West Bank (Palestine)” under the Supervisor of Assoc.Prof.Dr.Pelin Tan (Mardin Artuklu University – Architecture Faculty). Yildiz’s research trajectory s about ecological feminist approach of architecture, urbanism and spatial practices. Between 2013 – 2017, she worked at the Urban Planning Department of Diyarbakir Metropolitan Municipality. She was one of the project leader of Project of Matra “Replacement of displaced person: A new perspective of Social housing for Municipality” (collaboration between Diyarbakir Municipality and Berlage Architecture Institution and IHS, Erasmus University in Rotterdam). Yildiz was a delegate of Diyarbakır Branch of the Chamber of City Planners TMMOB (Union Of Chambers Of Turkish Engineers And Architects) , Co-president of Diyarbakır Branch of the Chamber of City Planners TMMOB, Secretariat of Diyarbakır Branch of the Chamber of City Planners TMMOB, Editor of journal of the Chamber of City Planners issue about Women – War – City (March 2015), A committee member of preparing of Kurdish dictionary of technical terms/Diyarbakır Branch of Union Of Chambers Of Turkish Engineers And Architects, Spokesman of Local Agenda 21 City Council and conducting a campaign for pre-candidate procedure of ‘The Diyarbakır Fortress and Hevsel Gardens Cultural Landscape for UNESCO’s World Heritage List, Member and Deputy Chairman of Association of Ecology. She participated and presented in workshops such as Autonomous Infrastructure (Dheisheh and Al-Fawwar Palestinian Refugee Camps, West Bank, 2015), Gender and Urban Space (TMMOB, 2017), The Aesthetics of Affect: conflict, space, action, method (Actopolis -Goethe Ankara, 2016), Summer School-Practices of Commoning: Critical Spatial Ecology in Beirut (Sursock Museum & Mardin Artuklu Postgrad Program, July 2016), Radical Urban Theory (with Prof.David Harvey, Mardin Artuklu Architecture Faculty Postgraduate Program, May 2015).
Rojda Tugrul is an interdisciplinary artist & researcher, living in Mardin and Vienna, where she is undertaking a PhD.-in-Practice at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Following her scientific background (MSc in veterinary surgery) she has been engaged and combined her field with social science. During her study in Vienna, she has held a researcher position for 2 years in the project called “Dis/Possession: Post-participatory Aesthetic and Pedagogy of Land” and teaching position for 1-year on ‘Research Methodologies”. Her work has exhibited in several places in Austria, Brazil, France, Germany, Serbia, and Turkey. Besides artistic talks, she has participated in several conferences and publications which indicate the conceptualisation of her art practice.
Merve Gül Özokcu is an architect and activist. Her research focus is commons, creative actions, narratives of everyday life, eco-feminist and critical thinking. She got her master’s degree with the thesis on “Alternative Processes and On-Site Performance in Architecture Education and Practice”. She is a lecturer in İstanbul Bilgi University. She involved in many participatory architecture projects, researches, exhibitions and some of texts she contributed in published in various mediums, such as Chicago Architecture Biennial, Venice Architecture Biennial, Istanbul Design Biennial, Salt Istanbul, V&A Museum London, MAXXI Rome and ngbk Berlin. Currently she is a PhD candidate in Istanbul Technical University Architectural Design program. She is a member and a project conductor of Herkes İçin Mimarlık (Architecture for All) Association that aims to resolve social problems through architecture. She is a residency grant holder at IASPIS.
Keller Easterling is an architect, writer and professor at Yale. Her most recent book, Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space (Verso, 2014), examines global infrastructure as a medium of polity. A forthcoming e-book essay is titled Medium Design (Strelka Press, 2017). Another recent book, Subtraction (Sternberg, 2014), considers building removal or how to put the development machine into reverse. Other books include: Enduring Innocence: Global Architecture and its Political Masquerades (MIT, 2005) and Organization Space: Landscapes, Highways and Houses in America (MIT, 1999). Her research and writing was included in the 2014 Venice Biennale, and will be included in the 2018 Biennale. She lectures and exhibits internationally. kellereasterling.com
Sevgi Ortaç is a visual artist based in Istanbul. Her curiosity focuses on the relationship between the production of space, notion of cultural heritage, politics of commons and urban dwelling. She works with text, video, printed matter and initiates paper or web based platforms. She has studied Film and TV in Istanbul Bilgi University(BA) and fine arts at the Dutch Art Institute (MFA), ArtEZ, in the Netherlands. Since 2006 one of her main topics has been the historical Land Walls of Istanbul though which she has been looking at the everyday use of the walled zone in relation to informal economies, local legends, personal histories and urban transformation of the district. She made Singlewallcity in 2006, a short film and in 2010 she made a book of the larger research project, The Monument Upside Down. She worked in art and research projects; Global Prayers-redemption and liberation in the city(2010-2012) and Actopolis (2015-2017). She has been collaborating with Aslı Kıyak İngin for the project Crafting Neighbourhoods that was nominated for Visible Award 2017. Besides conducting multimedia storytelling workshops in collective projects she is a part time instructor at Koç and Bilgi Universities and a member of DÜRTÜK -Producers and Consumers in Resistance- food collective. http://www.sevgiortac.blogspot.de
Malkit Shoshan is an architect and lecturer at Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Cambridge. she is the founding-director of the architectural think-tank FAST: Foundation for Achieving Seamless Territory. FAST uses research, advocacy, and design to investigate the relationship between architecture, urban planning, and human rights in conflict and post-conflict areas. Its cross-disciplinary and multi-scalar work explores the mechanisms behind, and the impact of, displacement, spatial violence, and systemic segregation on people’s living environments. FASTs projects promote spatial justice, equality and solidarity. Shoshan is the author and the map maker of the award-winning book Atlas of Conflict: Israel-Palestine (Uitgeverij 010, 2010), and the co-author of the books Village. One Land Two Systems and Platform Paradise (Damiani Editore, 2014); UNMANNED: Architecture and Security Series (DPR-Barcelona, 2016) and the issue Spaces of Conflict for Footprint, TU Delft Architecture Theory Journal (JAP SAM Books, 2017). In 2016, Shoshan was the curator of the Dutch Pavilion for The Venice Architecture Biennale with the exhibition BLUE: Architecture of UN Peacekeeping Missions. She is currently a visiting scholar at the Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU, a Ph.D. fellow at the Delft University of Technology, and a lecturer at Harvard Graduate School of Design. Her research and design work has been published in newspapers and journals including the New York Times, The Guardian, NRC, Haaretz, Volume, Surface, Frame, Metropolis, and exhibited in venues including the UN Headquarters in NYC (2016), Venice Architecture Biennale (2002, 2008, 2016), Experimenta (2011), Het Nieuwe Instituut (2014), The Istanbul Design Biennale (2014), The Israel Digital Art Center (2012), and The Netherlands Architecture Institute (2007). www.gsd.harvard.edu/person/malkit-shoshan
Yelta Köm is practicing in various ways intersection between art, architecture and research. He trained as an architect and graduated from Städelschule Architecture Class, Frankfurt am Main. His research and interest areas include landforms, technology, critical spatial and commoning practices, urban and data surveillance methodologies in the post-antrophocene era. He is co-founder of Herkes Icin Mimarlik (Architecture for All), which is is a non-profit organization based in Istanbul that provides democratic and collaborative design processes between architects, urban designers, and citizens. He is the coordinator and editor of the “#occupygezi architecture” project , which exhibited at the 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial, Salt Istanbul, V&A Museum London, MAXXI Rome and ngbk Berlin. This projects became part of permanent collection of The Art Institute of Chicago, Department of Architecture and Design. He curated the “Caution! Slippery Ground” exhibition about architectural culture, which was held in Istanbul Modern Art Museum in 2015. In 2017 he got the research grant from Design Trust Hong Kong to research on collective groups and their relations with common space, re-thinking the concept of commons in Pearl River Delta with Elif Çak Köm.