The Table is an online platform to exchange the stories of gentrification, the housing crisis and the urge of spatial justice in the cities.
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Illustration by Bob Mollema

It is initiated with an aim of sharing experiences and stimulating an information flow on the individual and collective rights in regards to housing and spatial (in)justice. The stories are collected by people from everywhere.

The platform is an extension project of No Seat At The Table, which is a fictional graphic novel published by Jap Sam Books, about the local and global influences of gentrification on citizens in Turkish and Dutch cities.

No Seat At The Table highlights four neighbourhoods where this phenomenon is occurring: Piyalepa in Istanbul, Ismetpasa in Ankara, de Kolenkitbuurt in Amsterdam, and Lombok in Utrecht. Each story is told from the perspective of pigeons and inspired by real life experiences of residential displacement in Turkey and the Netherlands.

The stories critically inquire about gentrification, the housing crisis and the current interpretations of setting priorities and affordability in urban planning. By doing so, it aims to facilitate the conversation on inclusive and sustainable cities for all.

It depicts an over the shoulder view of a person.
Illustration by Bob Mollema
    • Initiator and writer
    • Minem Sezgin
    • Illustrators (Graphic Novel)
    • Jasmijn de Nood (Amsterdam)
    • Erhan Muratoglu (Ankara)
    • Bob Mollema (Utrecht)
    • Rajab Eryigit (Istanbul)
    • Book Designer
    • Vincent de Boer
    • Graphic novel publication made possible by
    • Creative Industries Fund NL
    • The Corendon Foundation
    • Stichting Stokroos
    • Jap Sam Books
    • RAUM Utrecht
    • NIT Istanbul
    • In collaboration with
    • Istanbul Bilgi University Industrial Design Department
    • Bond Precaire Woonvormen
    • Zitlar Mecmuasi
    • RAUM Utrecht
    • De Voorkamer
    • NIT Istanbul
    • Studyo 501
    • Bant Mag.
    • Kapitaal
    • Web Design & Development
    • Martijn van de Zuidwind
    • Rik Frieling