September '17

I'm invited to present a paper on Istanbul Urban Database at Koc University ANAMED Annual Symposium in November, 30. 

I will be speaking at Duke University History Department as an invited speaker for the workshop 'Urban Topography and Political Economy in the Middle East' in November, 20.


Featured in CNN Turk News (February, 28 & March, 1) 

Interview with Bi_Ozet

Interview with Boss Magazine March 2017 Issue

Featured in Arredamento Mimarlik March 2017 Issue 


Interview with Gila Benmayor, Hurriyet

Interview with Ekometre:

I am Istanbul and September 1955 were exhibited at !f Istanbul 2017


CityLab article about Istanbul Urban Database

Interview with Gaziantep Sabah Daily Newspaper:


I presented 'I am Istanbul' at Salt Research, Istanbul. Watch the video here:


September 1955 is exhibited MIT Keller Gallery. For more information:


As part of my ongoing research on digital spatial humanities, I launched a new online data platform:

JUNE '16

September 1955 received funding from Council for the Arts at MIT (CAMIT). For more information:

MAY '16

My new project titled 'I am Istanbul', a digital spatial humanities platform, has won Salt Research Grant 2016. For more information:


In support of Just Cause Eviction Campaign in Boston, I launched a new data collecting and mapping platform serving as an advocacy tool, which is needed for improving policy and helping the work of grassroots organizations in the gentrified neighborhoods. Visit demo version of the platform:


My research paper for AESOP 2015 has been selected as Best Congress Papers in Track: Planning in and for Multicultural Societies.

I am teaching a new course titled "Computational Ethnography and Spatial Narratives of Urban Space" with Cagri Zaman at the Boston Architectural College.


I am collaborating with Miloon Kothari (former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing with the UN Human Rights Council) on his class "Responding to Displacement: Strategies, Methods, Tools, Outcomes". We are conducting research on history of gentrification and urban development of Chinatown, Boston. 

I am teaching a new course titled "Reactive Making" with Cagri Zaman at the Boston Architectural College.

JULY '15

My research on Syrian Urban Refugees has featured in Boston Globe by Stephen Kinzer on his article "On Turkey's border, chaos looms".


I gave a talk at The International Development House (I-House), Massachusetts Institute of Technology titled as "Mapping the Socio-Spatial Segregation".


I launched a new multimedia tool "Urban Layers" that explores idea of thick mapping on Istanbul. The interactive platform can be reached at