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Mashup City: Save the Date for URBZ Workshop in Istanbul

by Katia Savchuk

Istanbul is the site of the next innovative urban event from URBZ - the creative team behind Urban Typhoon, Dharavi.org, and the airoots blog - from July 26 to August 1. Set in what they call "the original mashup city," the Istanbul Mashup workshop will bring together international and local participants to explore and document neighborhoods and reinterpret material into a public exhibition - both in a physical space and an online gallery. Istanbul Technical University is helping put on the workshop. As is URBZ's modus operandi, the event will mix theory and practice and connect participants to a city not only intellectually, but viscerally. 

URBZ's last Mashup workshop was held in Mumbai. That city was also the site of their last Urban Typhoon workshop, located in Koliwada, Mumbai's largest informal settlement. Having helped organize that workshop, I can tell you from experience: these events are nothing short of transformative.

Credits: Image of Istanbul bazaar from URBZ.