KÜRŞAD ÖZDEMİR | MICROİSTANBUL

microistanbul talk investigates the urban waves that micro-spaces such as food stalls, flower sellers’ booths and enclosed balconies create. With an approach to the subject from the perspective of the actors’ pretensions, the way in which micro-spaces, that are the energy charged particles of urban transformation, spread to the city’s public spaces like electromagnetic waves and partake in urban transformation is investigated.

What we see first during urban transformation is the emergence of empty spaces. Various actors then, roam these spaces in lieu to their tasks, responsibilities, or benefits. By making claims on the empty spaces, these actors redefine the public space by physically taking over.

Flexibility, temporariness, and functionality partake in the process of pretenses gaining legitimacy. According to this, a food stall hastily erected by a metro exit should have the ability to be setup and removed over one night, and be functional without occupying too much space. A privileged relative, or a friend of a higher-up in the municipality usually owns these stalls; and over the years this exercise seems to be unchanged.

What does change is the form, type of production, material, and the spatiality of the micro-space as a medium for urban transformation; hence the architectural disposition of the city is changed.

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