Orhan Esen


1 Sep 2017 - 28 Feb 2018

Orhan Esen (Turkey)

Orhan Esen (1960), native to Istanbul, graduated from German Highschool / Istanbul, studied social and economic history at the Bosporus University/ Istanbul, as well as history of art and architecture in Vienna.
Currently he is based in Istanbul  as free lance urban researcher, urban activist and organizer of international academic activities, in which he deals with matters of  rapid urban development in Istanbul and its cultural, social, political and ecological outcomes.
As a free lance researcher and lecturer he is mainly involved with subjects of history of built environment. (historical urbanism) He currently teaches as an adjunct at the Bilgi University / dept of architecture. Temporary teaching jobs in Turkey, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Holland, United Kingdom. Writing and lecturing in turkish, german, and english languages.
He has co-edited the book 'Istanbul: Self Service City' (b_booksz, Berlin, 2005, 2007) about the making of the megapolis through informality, respectively in periods of nationally and globally determined economies, which was a major contribution to a discourse shift regarding informality in built environment. Publishings in various readers and periodica. Currently working on a book on the history of the concept of centrality and right to the city in Istanbul, as the taksim/Gezi movement in 2012/13 brought on agenda.
His civic involvements are mainly focused on the metropolitan issues in Istanbul; they comprise of political networking, writing, campaigning and performing at local and international fora, media and public space.
He is an active member of INURA (International Network for Urban Research and Action) and the corresponding member of DASL (Deutsche Akademie für Staedtebau und Landesplanung) in Turkey. He has co founded the Human Settlements Association in the aftermath of the Habitat II UN Conference on Human Settlements.
Further memberships include NGBK/Berlin (Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst), Bugday / Istanbul (Ngo for food activism); The Taksim Platform; Taksim Gezi Park Conservation and Beautification Association.
He is a founding member of the YSGP / Yeşiller ve Sol Gelecek Partisi / The LeftGreen Future Party (of Turkey)
He renders professional services to academic, media and corporate bodies; compiling surveys and researches; rendering lectures, teaching, organizing workshops, seminars and reportages; conceptualizing and guiding study tours, study abroad programs, field trips and excursions. As a provider for professional services he has founded the brands Arkistan and Urbanitiez for the mediation of respectively architecture and urbanism in Istanbul.


Urban Transformation Sustainibility

Orhan Esen is currently investigating the possibility of setting up a system to evaluate the sustainability of urban transformation projects from the perspective of the inhabitants. For this end, he is involved in dialogue with academicians and professionals in the fields of built environment, with housing right activists and representatives of inhabitants' associations. 

Linked Events

8 Nov 2017 | 16:00

“Bewertung Urbaner Transformation aus Bewohnersicht”

Offener Beirat mit Orhan Esen (Istanbul/Berlin) more

26 Oct 2017 | 19:00

OPENHAUS 26/10/2017

19:00–22:30 more

23 Nov 2017 | 19:00

OPENHAUS 23/11/2017

Offene Studios, Installationen und Resident*innengespräche -- Open studios, installations and resident talks more

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