Lecture talk with Merve Gül Özokcu about socially engaged collective working and design in rural and urban spaces.
We are more than excited to announce our next guest for the upcoming What if event “Herkes İçin Mimarlık - What if we do it together “ on the 21st of June at 7 pm in room 332.
Merve Gül Özokcu is an artist, architect and activist, who is based in Istanbul, Turkey.
Over the years she gained many experiences in collectives who are focusing on socially engaged works only.
She is part of the collective Arazi Assembly who consists of researchers with urban and architectural backgrounds and who are working in the southeast region of turkey. Arazi considers collective research as a form of knowledge production of decolonization, care and solidarity.
Merve is also a member of the student founded platform Herkes İçin Mimarlık Derneği – HiM Architecture for All Association. A platform where student volunteers and professionals can come together. In urban and rural areas, it wants to contribute to 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.
Together with Merve we want to use the evening to get to know more about her artistic practice, her collectives and the experiences and difficulties that socially engaged designers and artists are facing.