Merve Bedir

Merve Bedir
12:45 pm - 2:00 pm
Room 622, Knowles Building, The University of Hong Kong,
Pokfulam Road, , Hong Kong
Calvin Liang
Post-doctoral Fellow, Division of Landscape Architecture, The University of Hong Kong
Spaces of (Non)Belonging: The Shelter, the Camp, the City
Merve Bedir,
Architect/Co-founder of Rotterdam Land and Civilization Compositions

Division of Landscape Architecture – Research Seminar Series


In this guest-lecture, Merve Bedir will present her research on the spaces of migration, along the routes towards Europe. With a critical reflection on the concept of hospitality; she will articulate on the relationships and spaces of hosts and guests in the camp and the city. In this framework, “the camp” will be discussed in relation to the spatial representation of international borders, and the emergence of extraterritorial black holes for disposable humans. An “informal neighborhood” under urban transformation in Istanbul, will be articulated in terms of how it became home to the old and the new migrants to the city, and the colliding imaginations on its future. The lecture will touch upon the things, technologies, and spaces related to non-belonging, and conclude with cases where initiatives by migrants and citizens attempt new forms of solidarity and representation. A “football stadium” will be analyzed as a space of resistance for and by migrant football players; and an “alternative map” collecting the street names of Istanbul given by migrants, will show the confluence of languages that altogether represent the city. Lastly, “the Kitchen,” established by a transnational women collective, functioning as commons, will be discussed as a space of emancipation.

About the Speaker:

Merve Bedir is an architect, TUDelft (PhD) / METU (BArch); and the co-founder of Rotterdam and Hong Kong based office Land and Civilization Compositions. She is the co-founder of Aformal Academy, an experimental design school in PRD; founding member and designer of Matbakh-Mutfak (Kitchen); and founding member of Center for Spatial Justice (MAD). Merve’s work was awarded by Prins Claus Foundation, European Cultural Foundation, EU Creative Europe program, UNDP, and Europan among others; and has been reviewed in The Guardian, Metropolis magazine, and Avery Review. She wrote for Volume, Funambulist, Zivõt, Quaderns, L’internationale, uncube, Site, and MONU magazines, in addition to her academic publications; she also occasionally blogs for Cairobserver and Failed Architecture.

The DLA Research Seminar Series provides a platform to discuss scholarly research on the built environment that is interdisciplinary in nature. The series aims to identify common research threads from landscape architecture, architecture, planning, urban design, and conservation, and by doing so instigates critical reflections on the different approaches to the study of landscapes and cities. For the list of seminar topics, see


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