Bogada Initiatives, as the collaboration between Spanish and Turkish collectives, have changed the square against the bull sculpture; which is a gathering node under the shadow of a mulberry tree, by its own design and production. Project has started with the collaboration between Tasarım Atölyesi Kadıköy from Istanbul and Hablar en Arte from Madrid as a part of RE_Lab program. It continued with the participation of Madrid-based collective; Todo por la Praxis, Istanbul-based collectives; Herkes için Mimarlık, –trak Mimarlık, and Onaranlar Kulübü.

all photos by batu tezyüksel.

The initial idea of the project was to develop a public space with participatory architecture, regarding the users’ needs. Collectives chose the project area after the field trips in selected regions. Volunteers have analyzed the area with several observations and interviews. And prototype design is developed through these analyses.

Production was introduced in the municipality’s wood and metal workshops with a group of 15 volunteers. The first prototype was tested on the chosen site. Final design has been developed concerning users’ response to this prototype.

Ten modules have been produced from wood and painted steel. Walls and ground were painted striped with road paints. Finally, these modules were installed to specific points on painted walls.

Bogada is published in several architecture and design platforms such as XXIArkitera and Unlimited.

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