In Istanbul, Temporary Architecture Becomes Lasting Symbol of Resistance

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In Istanbul, Temporary Architecture Becomes Lasting Symbol of Resistance In Istanbul, Temporary Architecture Becomes Lasting Symbol of Resistance
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In Istanbul, Temporary Architecture Becomes Lasting Symbol of Resistance

by Yasha Wallin

July 4, 2013


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Pelin Tan
, a member of the collective writes:

Gezipark is now covered with hundreds of tents and temporary structures, which expands mutually and gets flexible in any moment of resistance. This practice of ephemeral and situational dwelling, which co-exists collectively through an unconditional moment, leads us to experience our city and its architecture in unusual ways…In Gezi, free food, drinks, and any kind of needs are organized by initiations. Furthermore, a vegetable and flower garden already started. Instead of celebration, the resistance considers how to transform the occupation into a creative and sustainable space and non-violence manner. Also a library is set up collectively with left-overs of construction materials in which readers can share and donate books. A bus that was used as a barricade in order to prevent the police force and protect the resistance has been used now as info desk by a political organization. A temporary mosque, a movable food collective made up with simple materials and tent, an over expanding open hospital…these are examples of in situ and instant architecture in Taksim square and Gezi."



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The movement began so quickly, and with it, structures, materials, and ephemera have become part of the protest itself. In this way, the “event architecture,” and what's left of it now through documentation, can continue to serve as a symbol of the resistance. 

Images via Herkes İçin Mimarlık

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