CW#4 l SEASON 3 l Trembling Ground
5 April 2023, Wednesday | Season 3, Episode 4
Apartment Project and online
Livestream link: https://youtube.com/live/8BB63vhaDpY
Organized by the Apartment Project Berlin and funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe
20.00 Panel discussion with Bahar Bayhan and Müge Yazıcı, moderated by Erden Kosova
The event is organized in solidarity with the people affected by the earthquake in Turkey and Syria. Donations for «After the Quake» are welcome via: https://linktr.ee/afterthequake
Although investments are increasingly being made in cities as predictable environments, urban structures are not able to withstand natural disasters. Urban planning based on scientific research seems to make cities resilient, but earthquakes, floods, and other consequences of climate change challenge such rational predictions. In light of these experiences the question arises as to what we have actually learned from previous calamities. In the panel discussion moderated by Erden Kosova, guests on the upcoming edition of «Chromatic Wednesdays» Bahar Bayhan and Müge Yazıcı ask: What are the challenges at a time when natural disasters caused by human activity are accelerating? What makes cities and their inhabitants vulnerable? Given the failure of earthquake-resistant building design, they discuss urbanism as both a cause of and response to disasters, focusing on the 6 February 2023 earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.
Bahar Bayhan graduated from the Department of City and Regional Planning and received her MA in Sociology from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. She has been working as Urban Policy Programme Coordinator at MAD.
Müge Yazıcı studied geology at Istanbul Technical University and earned an M.Sc. in active Tectonics and Earthquake Geology. After working in Turkey and Mongolia, she moved to Berlin in 2020 and started her PhD on landscape evolution in Chile.
Erden Kosova is an art critic from Istanbul who has been living in Berlin since 2018. He has been part of the curatorial team of the festival Berliner Herbstsalon at Maxim Gorki Theater since 2013. Recently, he wrote the monograph text for the retrospective catalog on Cengiz Çekil (2021), one of the pioneering artists of Conceptualism in Turkey. Kosova is a member of the editorial board of red-thread.org, an e-journal project run by Anadolu Kültür.
After the Quake is organized by independent architecture and urban planning students, university staff and alumni in Berlin to support students affected by the earthquakes in Turkey. With more than 4 million people have been displaced and thousands of buildings rendered uninhabitable, assistance in providing educational resources is needed in addition to emergency relief. This long-term aid is aimed at helping victims get back on their feet after the initial rush of donations has subsided. It includes rebuilding and repairing schools, providing necessary teaching materials and resources, and psychological support for students struggling with trauma and other challenges. The goal is to help students regain a sense of normalcy and resume their education, which is crucial to their long-term well-being. To achieve this, donations collected on GoFundMe are distributed to trusted NGOs based on current needs. After Quake ensures that all expenses are shared publicly and transparently. After Quake organizes student-led events that contribute to GoFundMe donations.
«Chromatic Wednesdays» is a bi-weekly event series bringing together creative thinkers across diverse backgrounds. As part of this interdisciplinary program, the panel discussion will be presented at 20.00 (doors open at 19.30) at Apartment Project (Hertzbergstraße 13, 12055 Berlin) and can also be followed online on Youtube (https://youtube.com/live/8BB63vhaDpY).
The space of Apartment Project is accessible by wheelchair.