Habitat Unit

Doctoral Candidate

Gözde Sarlak-Krämer

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Curriculum Vitae

Gözde Sarlak-Krämer has been a doctoral candidate at the Habitat Unit since Janu­ary 2018. She studied urban planning in İstanbul and Bauhaus University Weimar. In 2012, she obtained a Masters of Science degree in European Urbanism from the Bauhaus University Weimar, Germany.

Gözde's doctoral research aims to explore notions and practices of heritage through a focus on the relationship between people, landscape and governance in the land wall market gardens of İstanbul. One one hand, she tackles ambiguity as a concept that is enhanced by state and local level politics through planning processes concerning agricultural heritage and on the other, how under these circumstances citizens are appropriating, enacting, inhabiting spaces and processes to maintain their livelihoods.

Prior to enrolling for her doctoral studies at the TU Berlin, Gözde worked as a research assistant at the Department of Architecture İstanbul Bilgi University. She finds inspiration in questions in architecture and urban planning focusing on issues of spatial justice, politics of the everyday life, ecology, and commons alongside qualitative research methods (ethnographic and visual). Alongside her own practice, she has collaborated with different architecture collectives (raumlabor berlin, raumtaktik, ON/OFF) Since 2017, Gözde is a member of NYLON Berlin / Einstein Research Group based at the Georg-Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies.


Since 2018
Joint Ph.D. between TU Berlin, Institute for Architecture, Chair of International Urbanism and Design and Istanbul Technical University Faculty of Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning
Ph.D. in progress (not yet awarded)

2010 – 2012
Master of Science at European Urbanism at the Bauhaus University Weimar, Germany

2009 – 2010
Post graduation Fellowship at the Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, Universities CIAM Urbanism II Programme, Germany

2007 – 2008
Erasmus exchange at Spatial Planning, Technical University Dortmund, Germany

2004 – 2009
Bachelor of Science at City and Regional Planning, İstanbul Yildiz Technical University, Turkey

Employment History+

2013 – 2016
Research Assistant
Architecture Faculty, Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey

2014 – 2015
City link festival Copenhagen, 'Inclusive City and Intercultural Dialogue'

2012 – 2013
Research Associate
Raumlabor Berlin

Research Associate
Raumtaktik Berlin

Student Assistant
Yildiz Technical University

Research Projects+

Since 2018
Doctoral Thesis: Heritage, landscape, Politics: Ethnographic explorations at the land wall market gardens of İstanbul (working title)

Master Thesis: In the Search of Public Space- Exploration of the History and the making of Taksim Square/ Istanbul in the perspective of contemporary urban planning

Research project for Daimler with Ludwig Engel, Boston Washington Mobility Patterns, Life Styles in the contemporary city

2009 – 2010
BAUHAUS KOLLEG XI: Univercities – CIAM Urbanism II Education infrastructures of post-war modernism research in Mexico City

Teaching Activities+

WS 2019
Comparative Urban Politics: Theory and Practice, TU Berlin

SS 2018
Design Studio „The Great Transformation" MA Architecture, Urban Design, Urban Planning, TU Berlin

WS 2013/2014/2015/2016
Architectural Design Studio III, Public Building, BA Architecture, İstanbul Bilgi University
Seminar: Architectural Drawing, BA Architecture, İstanbul Bilgi University
Seminar: Introduction to Urban Design, BA Architecture,
İstanbul Bilgi University

SS 2013/2014/2015
Architectural Design Studio IV, Urban Fabric, BA Architecture,
İstanbul Bilgi University

Seminar: Principles of City Planning and Urban Design, BA Architecture, İstanbul Bilgi University

Seminar: Production of Space and Urban Condition, BA Architecture,
İstanbul Bilgi University



(2018) "Mobilizing Heritage movements over urban commons: The Case of Istanbul's Vegetable Gardens" in "Things don't really exist until you give them a name, Unpacking Urban Heritage", edt. Barbé, Fenk, Lee and Misselwitz, Mkuki na Nyota Publishers, Dar Es Salaam

Other articles and publications

(2012) ) 'In search of public space: Exploration of the history and the making of Taksim Square in the process of contemporary urban planning'

Bauhaus University Weimar unpublished master thesis manuscript (supervised by Prof. Dr.Frank Eckardt).

(2009) 'Analyzing quality of life and place attachment in historic districts, the case of Yenikapi'

Yildiz Technical University unpublished Bachelor thesis manuscript.

(2008-2010) Film and Festival critiques published in Altyazı Movie Magazine


Conference Papers

(2019) Heritage, Landscape, and Politics: Ethnographic explorations at the land wall market gardens of İstanbul
Urban Agricultural Heritage - and the Shaping of Future Cities Herrenhausen Conference in Hannover, Germany, May 5-8

(2018) The Rhythms of Communal Escape in Glasgow's Communal Growing Projects by Traill, H. (Paper discussant)

16th Annual NYLON Graduate Student Conference, Humboldt University Berlin, March 23-25

(2017) Mobilizing Heritage movements over urban commons: The Case of Istanbul's Market Gardens
International Conference Urban Heritage Activism, 16-18 March, TU Berlin

(2016) Collective Memory, Emancipatory Movements and Conflicts over Toponymic Commemoration: Yassıada and Sivriada vs. Democracy and Freedom Islands
Research Council 21 Sociology of Urban and Regional Development (RC21), July 21-23 Mexico

(2016) More than one 'travelled' for: mobility experiences within Istanbul

The Kent School of Architecture Writing Buildings, 14-16 July, Kent/UK

Invited Lectures+

(2019) Guest critique to midterm review of the design studio raumproduktion/ infrastructure-space at the UdK Berlin

(2018) Discussant and Exhibition Participant-İstanbul is not enough – Buildings are Not Enough-Tbilisi Architecture Biennial, Tbilisi

(2018) Panel Speaker 'Land Issues in Southeastern Europe: Istanbul's historic land wall market gardens', Urbanize! 2018 Festival Berlin

(2018) Making Futures Research project by Raumlabor &UdK Berlin 'Engaged Education' in İstanbul, 'Cultivating Commons' curated walk

(2017) Panel Speaker "We Are All Very Anxious - Precarity and the Experimental City", Copenhagen

(2014) Tutor in Workshop 'Civic imagination', International Vernal Workshops, Istanbul

Grants, Awards and Fellowships+

2019 – 2020
Landscape Research Group research grant

DAAD Travel Grant
Wits Johannesburg-TUB Urban Lab Summer School

National Architectural and Urban Design Competition for Çanakkale Retail & Community Center/Turkey 1st Prize (to be built)

Travel Grant by Foundation for Urban and Regional Studies (IJUUR) awarded to present at the RC21 Mexico City Conference

European Cultural Foundation Step Beyond Travel Grant

2011 – 2012
Bauhaus University Weimar Scholarship

2009 – 2010
Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau Postgraduate Fellowship

Professional and Academic Affiliations+

Einstein Research Group NYLON Berlin

Research Committee 21 (RC21) on Sociology of Urban and Regional Development of the International Sociological Association

AESOP- Young Academics Network

Chamber of City Planners Turkey

GEW Germany

Other Projects+

Refugee Arrival Center with ON/OFF at the Tempelhofer Feld

Floating Narratives, Scenography with ON/OFF, in Copenhagen City Link festival

Kopf Kino with ON/OFF at the 1st Istanbul Design Biennial 'Adhocracy' curated by Joseph Grima

'World is Not Fair' a research project on World Fairs with raumlaborberlin

IBA Berlin 2020 Studio with raumlaborberlin