Amount received: 50% match-funding for full-time salary costs
Date received: May 2018 - May 2021
Title of research project: Catastrophe, urban renewal, and architectural activism in contemporary Turkey
Brief description of research project: This research investigates the implications of a recently introduced legal infrastructure in Turkey that has triggered countrywide urban renewal, purportedly to disaster-proof its building stock. Complicating dominant understandings of the contestation between such government measures and dissentient responses to them as a binary opposition between power and resistance, residents of certain neighbourhoods have appropriated (rather than resist) this legal infrastructure to pursue urban renewal as a grassroots project. Through an ethnographic study of design and construction activity in these neighbourhoods, this research aims to understand the participation mechanisms, knowledge production methods, and architectural technologies involved in citizen-led urban renewal.