Dream Your Own Urban; Fill the blanks!

Rapid, uncontrolled and inegalitarian urbanization in Turkey, and the authoritarian impulse behind it, constitute an immense challenge to all citizens and make our cities virtually unlivable. We foster the idea that the city becomes livable when, as citizens, we make it our own; when we reclaim and create its common (public) spaces together. In this regard, making the city liveable becomes a form of dissent. Our objective is to encourage everyone to take part in ‘placemaking’ activities geared towards co-creating places of encounter in neighborhoods and opportunities to participate in communal activities. We aim to inspire and enable spontaneous urban interventions to turn the streets into the city’s living room. So let’s make this our common purpose and imagine it into being!

Project & production by Erman Topgül, Arzu Erturan, Gökçe Su Yoğurtçuoğlu, Merve Uçak, Fatih Bilgin, Hande Zerkin, Tan Mavitan.

Special thanks to İmre Azem as we used footages from his documentary film “Agoraphobia”; and to Ilgın Niron and Özlem Apaydın for acting in the animations.

Radical Democracy: Reclaiming the Commons is a new project seeking to amplify the message of local struggles between citizens and urbanisation processes in Poland, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom. docnextnetwork.org/radical-democracy-reclaiming-commons/

This work is part of Doc Next Network Media Collection. For more info visit docnextnetwork.org/

About Alîbeg Shaqaqi
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