Mapping the Commons of Istanbul / Parameters
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01/ Basic Info
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NameTaksimCultural expression in public spaceWaterGolden Horn riverbanksForestGalata Tower public squareAyvansaraycommunication space natural landscape (sea, mountains, etc.) regardless of national borders, including extraterrestrial lands (i.e.moon)Garbagefoodacoustic spaceBorder Right of borderless studylanguagueBosphorusinternet / free software for privacy
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ActorInhabitants, demonstrators Residents and spontaneus passers byCitizens, polititians, corporationsInhabitants, visitors, politicians and real estate developersmetropolis inhabitants, animalsresidents, citizens and tourists residents, real state developersAll the people of the worldCollectorsresidents of Tarlabaşı, volunteers, activists, illegal immigrants, children, whomever passing by citizens, capital owners, municipality, governmentTwo or more countries (Turkey-Greece)whom ever want to studycitizens /
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WayExercise of disensus (democracy)Inclusive event (wedding)consumption (mainly drinking)Harbour gentrification (from industry to third sector)leisure, landscape, climate and atmosphere balancemeeting point for staying, sitting, enjoying; regardless of day and night timelegal actions and grassroots activsmRight to use itSelf-organizedcollaboration, exchange of resources, giftgiving - sharingCooperation/Diplomacy_vs Warfareself-organized trips to universities, getting rid of university bureucracynetwork surveillance and traffic analysis
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ConflictDestruction of Gezi Park, construction of a shoping mallCars vs pedestrians, threat by global market oriented metropolis transformationPrivatization of water reservoirsIndirect evictions, substitution of the populationdeforestation by new urban developmentsthe right to joyful use (noisy) versus right to sleep -with law and oppressive police)gentrification versus restauraton keeping the communityThe seas, lakes, mountains, icebergs are treated as the property of national states whereas they should belong to all humanity.Unemployement issue of the migrants (Kurdish people) in the Istanbulnon-ındividualized eating noise, kinesthetic obstacles, dust, pollution Land soverigntyInternationally obtained degrees are not always locally recognized, knowledge itself is a common that should not be confined to national borders
protection of privacy
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01/ Extended info
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Location [if existing]all around turkeyGolden HornIstanbulgalata tower squareuniversestreets of IstanbulTarlabaşıcity istanbul downtwonworld
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Importance of Geographic Position (strong / medium / loose / non)strongStrongstrongstrong touristic and historical venue, An innercity slum area under gentrification. Mixed poppulation,mainly marginalized groups by ethnicity, class, gender, citizenship etc. global implication, no emphasis to particular geography
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Duration, date creation, historyas natural resourcesince the project process startssince the law, night time, around 1980safter 2000sforever
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Scale (micro-local / neighborhood / city / region / global)global and regionalcityneighbourhood/ global, banning alcoholTurkeyneighbourhoodIstanbulglobal
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Open to all / restricted to closed communityopen to allopen to allopen to allopen to all who wants gather there, restricted at nightrestricted to a communityopen to allopen to all those who would like to study
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Traditional / new commonstraditional commontraditionaltraditional gatheringTraditionalnew commonsnew commons
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02/ Resource shared / produced
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Resource / productionresourceits a project which uses the natural resourceusing natural resourcesBothproductioncommon starts as a resource, but the output common will be a production
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Natural / culturalnaturalnaturalculturalculturalculturalcultural
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Material / immaterialmaterialmaterialimmaterial/ Yet they put borders to materialize itmaterialbothimmaterial
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Wealth / benefits / rents generated [direct, if any]basic material of lifeHouse prices ranging from 268.000TL to 922.000TLnoneumemployement rate reducesbenefits to municipality and governmentculture as wealth / cultural wealth ??
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Indirect benefits / wealth generation [if any]creation of social wealth, sense of belonging, mediteranian lifestylebenefits to the natural and physical environment
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[Other] realms that benefit from this common resourcesurrounding bars and shops who sell drinksworld peace thanks to intercultural exchange ;)
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03/ Community / network
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Open / closed community / networkOpen communityopen communityClosed Communityopen community with a global network of students
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Approximate number of participantsunknownrangin from 2 to 500ThousandsHard to count
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Connection network/ network to place (strong / medium / loose)loose connectionstrong connection to the placeCenters to load their garbages that they collect
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Community / network identity (strong / medium / loose)loose connectionloose networkstrongloose (you dont need to share affiliations with those in the network)
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04/ Process, management7
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Creation, constituent processA online network to be established among students of the world through university databases
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Socio-technical tools: social, mechanical, environmental, digital...spontaneous social gatheringsocial and environmental Digital connected through social
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Maintenance costs / work / effort / time dedicationself-maintained nature, cleaning costsexponentially with participantsno bills, they work a lot of timeHigh time and effort dedication of few at the beginning, and once the system is established, low maintenance effort
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Formally / informally managedinformally managedinformally managedinformally managed, unlegislativeInitially formal management, but then informal
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Type of rules - kind of licenseKeeping it clean, like any other park, etc. respect for surroundings and respect for the placeTo sign up in advance for alecture so a room appropriate to the number of people attending can be arranged
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Decision taking processesNo decision needs to be taken, besides maintenanceright of the common + their respectable responsabilitiesDiscussion on the online platform
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Conflict resolution processesVoting, cooperationconsultation with surrounding parameters, open debate
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Power relations within (horizontal / vertical / hybrid / others [specify])Horizontalhybrid, horizontal but neighbours have the last word
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05/ Conflicts / politics [enclosures, captures, exploitation]
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Conflicts, problemsDifferent preferences of usePolice intervention
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Level of conflict (strong / medium / soft / non)Strongmedium
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Relations with public / private realmspublic, restrictions to private shops
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Pro/ cons compared to public-public realmsAbuse of the Public sphere.
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Relations with lawsGovernment policy to sell the land to private ownershipSpecific law voted in 2009?
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Additional comments"private property in land is robbery”Many other places...
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