Bostan Hikayeleri’ni, MODE İstanbul ve Kuzguncuk’taki disiplinlerarası kolektif 66‘nın diğer üyeleri olarak, müşterek kent bahçeciliği ve kentsel tarım konusu altında, metin, video, imaj, ses gibi farklı formatlarda ve kent/yeşil hakkı, kültürel miras, permakültür, kentsel tasarım gibi farklı temalarda hikayeleri içeren, katılımcı, online bir kaynak alanı şeklinde kurguladık. Amacımız, bu çatı altında hikayeleri birlikte toplamak, tüm diğer “hikaye anlatıcıları”yla birlikte bir “bostan kurdu” gibi bunları eşeleyerek havalandırmak, can katmak, yeni anlamlar kazandırmak, yaygınlaştırmak…
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As MODE Istanbul, together with other members of the inter-disciplinary 66 Collective, we are based in the Kuzguncuk district of Istanbul and have been engaged in efforts to reclaim and protect the Kuzguncuk Garden, one of the few such existing urban gardens in Istanbul – thanks mainly to the years-long history of the locals to defend it and keep it alive. We had this idea to make the experiences and stories of such neighborhood struggles and commoning practices more visible as an incentive for other such CSO’s and initiatives in Istanbul, as well as other cities in Turkey and Europe. To this end, we have started a research and development project called Bostan Stories : Reimagining Our Urban Roots. Our main task will be to facilitate a series of activities with a focus on collecting, assessing and discussing ideas and experiences in the form of digital stories around urban gardens, after which we will weave narratives and make links between communities across Turkey and Europe. We want to employ new cultural practices to imagine what urban spaces might look like if their potential for healthy relationships between people, communities and the earth were used as a valuation metric. We seek to “reimagine our urban roots” in order to (re)connect with nature, help care for the existing gardens (co-protection and revitalization), and build new ones (reclaiming and co-creation) as our commons. This, we believe, will be an important step in the collective efforts of our society to have “radical sustainability”, to rebuild and reorganize neighborhoods and communities in order to create a world that is both sustainable and equitable.
We created Bostan Stories as an online, participatory Resource Space of stories around collective urban gardening practices in various formats (e.g. text, video, photo, infographics) under different themes (e.g. self-sustenance, food safety, clean soil) highlighting different urgencies (e.g. existing risks around advocacy, ownership, awareness, ecological needs, financial needs). Anyone can become an author of Bostan Stories; you are welcome to share your story once you complete the short registration to the site.
We plan to organize an Urban Encounter close to the end of the research phase (e.g. October 2016) as an in depth, cross-sectoral seminar and a broader platform for networking and exchange of information. It will bring together activists/citizens, civil society organizations, experts, policymakers, opinion leaders and media makers to engage in discussions and share knowledge/experiences around collective urban gardening as an important component of the right to the city. The Urban Encounter will have different components such as talks, workshops, and screenings over a period of one or two days to discuss the many layers of information we will have gathered working on the stories that will be presented in the Resource Space. The Resource Space will play a central role to inspire these exchanges as well as to capture and disseminate their results.
This will be the third one in a series of Urban Encounters MODE Istanbul has been organizing since 2015 in collaboration with members of the 66 Collective. The first two (on “Reclaiming Common Spaces and Alternative Approaches” and “Co-creating Common Spaces and Advocacy”) were held as part of a local campaign called “Bi’ Düşün Olsun (Imagine It Into Being)”, implemented in line with an international project called Radical Democracy: Reclaiming the Commons. Therefore we have solid prior experience in organizing and developing the methodologies of Urban Encounters.
One very important purpose of the Urban Encounter will be to facilitate it as a moment to share the project findings with the public at large as an overview of the stories we will have collected by then. To this end, we aim to create an E-Publication, which will include an analysis of the collected stories around urban gardening as well as relevant article(s) by guest authors, who will potentially be key actors (working in the area of reclaiming public spaces and specifically urban gardening) we will have encountered/collaborated with during various project activities. This publication will serve also as a gateway to the Resource Space: with its efficient design and compact content, it will make the information on the Resource Space more accessible to the audiences – inspiring them to tap into the knowledge gathered and to take action.
Beyond 2016, we plan to both continue developing the Resource Space further and organizing Urban Encounters as a series. At the same time, the end of 2016 will mark a new phase in which we will focus on Co-Creating New Digital Stories around urban gardening together with the local/international CSO’s and initiatives involved in the research and development phase. Therefore, the publication in question will also play a connective role between the completed research/development phase and the new co-creation phase.
The research and development phase of Bostan Stories is supported by European Cultural Foundation as an extension of its Idea Camp platform; specific activities within this phase are implemented with further support by Heinrich Böll Foundation in Turkey.