The inaugural IDEAS CITY Global Conference was held in Istanbul in October 2012, exploring the topic of Untapped Capital. Read more: ideas-city.org/global/view/istanbul
Yaşar A. Adanalı, Urban blogger
Mutlukent (Happy City) and Reclaim Istanbul Yaşar A. Adanalı is a PhD candidate at stuttgart University, Department of International Urbanism. His research focuses on democracy and the city, urban governance, and urban transformation. For many years he has been working as a development specialist in Istanbul as well as in various cities in south America, Africa, and the Middle east. Adanalı also keeps two urban blogs, Mutlukent (Happy City) and Reclaim Istanbul. Adanalı has recently been awarded the Urban Planning Journalism Award (2011) given by the Turkish Chamber of Urban Planners.
Rupali Gupte, Founding Member, Collective Research Initiatives Trust
Rupali Gupte is a founder/member of the Collective Research Initiatives trust (CRIt), an assistant professor at the KRVIA, Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and environmental studies, Mumbai, and a partner at RRarchitecture101, a design firm. Her practice lies at the intersection of architecture, art, and urban research. Her works include, among others, studies of postindustrial landscapes and housing types in Mumbai. Selva Gürdoğan, Architect and Cofounder, Superpool selva Gürdoğan is an architect and a cofounder of superpool, an Istanbul-based design practice. superpool has completed projects including “Open City: Istanbul” exhibition (2009), Mapping Istanbul book (2008–09), and “Becoming Istanbul” exhibition in 2011. Most recently, superpool has been commissioned by the Audi Urban Future Award 2012 to study mobility in Istanbul in 2030.
Suketu Mehta, Author and Associate Professor of Journalism, New York University
Suketu Mehta is the New York-based author of Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found which won the Kiriyama Prize and the Hutch Crossword Book Award, and was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize, the Lettre Ulysses Prize, the BBC Four Samuel Johnson Prize, and the Guardian First Book Award. He has won the Whiting Writers Award, the O. Henry Prize, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for his fiction. Mehta is Associate Professor of Journalism at New York University. He is currently working on a nonfiction book about immigrants in contemporary New York, for which he was awarded a 2007 Guggenheim fellowship. Born in Calcutta, Mehta moved to Queens, New York, as a teenager.
Yasemin Nur, Artist and Cofounder, Atılkunst
Yasemin Nur is on the faculty of Mimar sinan University. she is also one of the members of the artist collective Atılkunst along with fellow artists Gülçin Aksoy and Gözde İlkin. Since 2007, Atılkunst has been working with “surplus of Agenda” that functions as a weekly email devoted to manipulation and speculation concerning the previous week’s political/social/local/global agenda.
Moderator: Pedro Reyes, Artist
Pedro Reyes is a Mexican artist who crosses the boundaries in the worlds of design, film, architecture, and pedagogy. Operating on the interplay of architecture, design, language, and video, his works take on a variety of forms—from penetrable vinyl sculptures, such as “Capulas” (2002–10), inspired by organic or mineral formations that are both artworks and usable structures, to the Urban Genome Project (2010; cofounded with Joseph Grima), and “Baby Marx” (2009–present), a video production based on the nineteenth-century debate between socialism and capitalism. Reyes recently made an off-site project for the Guggenheim Museum, New York, called “sanatorium” (2011–present), a utopian “temporary clinic” designed to offer topical treatments for urban illnesses.