Grant Programme for Internationalization → Open call 2 phase 1
Tradition as a Making Tool
Space Crafters, Cross Change
'Tradition as a Making Tool' is a design guide for the public space, in which the focus lies on local cultural traditions. The project is an initiative by designer Tuğçe Akbulut (Cross Change) and architect Jurgen ten Hoeve (Space Crafters). The aim is to include local communities more in area development and to create awareness of the importance of green public spaces for social cohesion and quality of life in the city. An important Turkish tradition is eating together, for instance during Ramadan (iftars), and at weddings and funerals. These events form a semi-public space where important social interaction takes place between different groups of residents. The team notes that this type of activity has increasingly moved to places outside the city that are no longer easily accessible to everyone. In the initial phase, the team is setting up a social lab in the Beşiktaş district of Istanbul. The specific location is a poorly functioning public space surrounded by housing and a primary school. A pilot is being set up here, which includes events. In the first phase, collaboration with additional Dutch partners such as Kennisland, Moke Architecten, Urhahn and Dakakker will be explored. In Turkey, Sokak Bizim Association, Filtre Platform, Sanal arc Architecture, Ara Learning Design Studio, Kokopelli Sehirde, Atlas Storytelling Company and the municipality of Beşiktaş are also involved as partners. All the experiences and findings will be documented and used to design a large-scale intervention and to generate a longer-term proposal for local stakeholders.