Habitat Unit

December 18, 2017 | 18.30 Uhr | Halle 7, IfA

Community-led Housing in a Post-disaster Context: The Case of Düzce Hope Homes, Turkey

Düzce Hope Homes delivers (1) 237 housing units; (2) public & community spaces; and (3) social & economic development programs for low-income tenant earthquake-victims in Turkey, based on a process of successful legal struggle to access subsidised public land; participatory planning & design; and community-driven construction. This is the first mass housing project in Turkey designed fully by a participatory design process. Düzce Hope Studio, a voluntary design studio based in Istanbul formed after an open call, facilitates participatory design and build processes since 2014.


Yaşar Adnan Adanalı is Istanbul based urbanist, researcher and lecturer. He is the co-founder and director of Center for Spatial Justice (Turkish: Mekanda Adalet Derneği, Abbrev. MAD). Yaşar has a BA on social and political sciences from Sabanci University (Istanbul) and a master degree on development and planning from UCL (London). His PhD research in Habitat Unit (TU Berlin) is on urban transformation of informal areas in Istanbul and urban grassroots movements. Yaşar worked as a development specialist with informal communities in Dominican Republic; and on refugee camp improvement projects. He teaches participatory planning course at TU Darmstadt as visiting lecturer since 2010. He coordinates Urban Political Ecology On the Road Summer School at MAD. Yaşar is a voluntary member of Düzce Hope Studio, set-up for designing the first participatory mass-housing project in Turkey.

December 18, 2017 | 18.30 Uhr | Halle 7, IfA

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