Yelta Köm

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Born in Istanbul, Turkey, lives in Berlin, Germany. He is practicing in various ways intersection between art, architecture and research. He trained as an architect and graduated from Städelschule Architecture Class, Frankfurt am Main. His research and interest areas include landforms, technology, critical spatial and commoning practices, urban and data surveillance methodologies in the post-antrophocene era.

He is co-founder of Herkes Icin Mimarlik (Architecture for All), which is is a non-profit organization based in Istanbul that provides democratic and collaborative design processes between architects, urban designers, and citizens. He is the coordinator and editor of the “#occupygezi architecture” project , which exhibited at the 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial, Salt Istanbul, V&A Museum London, MAXXI Rome and ngbk Berlin. This projects became part of permanent collection of The Art Institute of Chicago, Department of Architecture and Design.

He curated the “Caution! Slippery Ground” exhibition about architectural culture, which was held in Istanbul Modern Art Museum in 2015.

In 2017 he got the research grant from Design Trust Hong Kong to research on collective groups and their relations with common space, re-thinking the concept of commons in Pearl River Delta with Elif Çak Köm.

Currently he collaborates actively with Studio Tomàs Saraceno and Aerocene Foundation. He is the member of Arazi Collective, which is a research assembly consists of researchers that are working together in different spatial scales focusing on the Southeast region of Turkey.