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Ellie Piper

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A City of One’s Own


This project focuses on gendered spatial experiences of design and property ownership in Istanbul and the role of design in deterring gendered violence. In March, Turkey withdrew from the Istanbul Convention (an international accord to combat violence against women and domestic violence) despite rising levels of femicide and reports of gendered violence. The threat of male violence in Turkey makes women’s freedom in both the private and public realms conditional: 92% of immovable property is owned by men. The project interrogates how this inequality manifests through varying forms of housing ownership structures and how it potentially affects levels of domestic violence and women’s overall experience in private and public space.

Through design-research speculation the project tests whether alternative models of ownership, such as housing cooperatives, can alter existing systems of urban renewal that exclude or oppress women. Thus, the preliminary proposal has piloted alternative forms of ownership as a design strategy in a site in Başıbüyük as a spatial intervention against domestic violence and for female property equity and disaster-resilience.

Istanbul, Turkey



Ellie Piper

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