In recent years, free common space and public areas – especially for arts and culture – have been becoming increasingly limited and commercialized. This lack of free space for common use also affects daily urban life and practices. During the ten-day workshop POP UP / BLOW UP – Urban Commons in Berlin organized by bi'bak and Herkes İçin Mimarlık / Architecture for All (Istanbul), 20 participants from Turkey and Germany explored the possibilities of active citizenship and the reconquest of public space through architectural strategies. As an outcome of the workshop, participants developed a model for a pop-up cinema that they presented to the public in an open feedback process.
A cooperation project by bi’bak and Herkes İçin Mimarlık – Architecture for All, with kind support of Deutsch-Türkische Jugendbrücke.
Yelta Köm (architect, researcher, co-founder of Herkes İçin Mimarlık – Architecture for All) has been leading numerous workshops and projects on urban commons since 2007. In 2018, he was the associate curator of the Pavilion of Turkey at the Venice Architecture Biennale. His curatorial concept was based on weekly changing international workshops with students. yeltakom.info
Merve Gül Özokcu (architect and activist), holds a doctorate from the Istanbul University of Technology and leads numerous projects at Herkes İçin Mimarlık Derneği (Architecture for All).
Herkes İçin Mimarlık Derneği – HiM (Architecture for All Association) (2011, İstanbul); is a platform where student volunteers and professionals can come together and bring social problems encountered in the country and the world in a creative way to the agenda, raise awareness about these problems and act to produce solutions from the fields of architecture and design.In urban and rural areas, it wants to contribute the formation of an architecture field, which works for and with society, by encouraging participatory mechanisms that are lacking in the design, planning and construction processes of the projects.