A Garden and atelier in common: practices of commoning in 100. Yıl neighborhood, Ankara

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Approval Date: 2019

Thesis Language: English

Student: Yağmur Koçak

Supervisor: BESİM CAN ZIRH


This thesis aims to discuss the transformative and emancipatory possibilities of urban commons and practices of commoning in societies where people experience social, economic and political enclosures. Through an exploration of the common urban spaces as processes composed of ongoing practices and relationships of commoning, it explores the ways people compete with social, economic and political crises in their daily lives. For this purpose, it applies to a two-year-long practice of participant observation in the collective neighborhood atelier and garden (bostan) in 100. Yıl Neighborhood in Ankara. It argues these spaces carry both possibilities and limitations in the processes of creating emancipatory urban encounters and the formulation of transformative collective habits.