No Seat At The Table

What defines a City? Is it its buildings, public spaces or people? ‘No Seat At The Table’ is a fictional graphic novel about the local and global influences of gentrification on citizens in Turkish and Dutch cities. The book highlights four neighbourhoods where this phenomenon is occurring: Piyalepaşa in Istanbul, Ismetpasa in Ankara, De Kolenkitbuurt in Amsterdam, and Lombok in Utrecht. Each story is told from the perspective of pigeons and inspired by real life experiences of residential displacement in Turkey and the Netherlands. The stories critically investigate gentrification, the housing crisis and the current interpretations of setting priorities and affordability in urban planning. By doing so, it aims to facilitate the conversation on inclusive and sustainable cities for all. 

In collaboration with: The Netherlands Institute in Turkey (NIT), Bond Precaire Woonvormen, Studyo 501 Architectural Studio, RAUM Utrecht, Bant Mag, De Voorkamer, Zitlar Mecmuasi

This publication has been made possible by Creative Industries Fund NL, Stichting Stokroos, Corendon Foundation, RAUM, NIT.

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