There are various valuable local and international grassroots movements and initiatives who strive for more inclusivity, sustainability and spatial justice in urban areas. 

By gathering them on this page, we aim to spread their word and create connections. If you’re looking for more information or inspiration on inclusive and sustainable urban planning or (individual and communal) housing rights, feel welcome to check their websites. Some of these organisations inspired us immensely during our research phase.

If you have an organisation or an initiative in mind that we haven't highlighted on this page yet, please let us know via


Bond Precaire Woonvormen

A volunteer association striving for stable housing for everyone and claim back housing rights of people who live temporarily and precariously. The BPW organises tenants in solidarity networks and provides (legal) back-up, both in terms of content and morale for (flex) residents who want to stand up for their rights.

Zitlar Mecmuasi

Zitlar Mecmuasi is an Ankara-based platform which includes stories of Ankara, written by the multidisciplinary creatives.
Turkish / English

Mekanda Adalet Dernegi / The Center for Spatial Justice

Mekanda Adalet Dernegi / The Center for Spatial Justice is an independent urban research institute, focusing on spatial justice issues in Istanbul and beyond. Since its founding in 2016, The Center for Spatial Justice has always implemented workshops, researches and events setting walking in the center of its praxis.
Turkish / English

Sisli Carki

Sisli Carki is an (online) memory walk project that aims to preserve the place of LGBTI+ spaces in urban memory.

Sisli Carki - InstagramSisli Carki - Facebook

Failed Architecture

Failed Architecture reconnects architecture with the real world. By opening up new perspectives on the built environment, they seek to explore the meaning of architecture in contemporary society. Since 2011, they have been providing an inclusive platform for critical urban discourse, fueled by unconventional narratives from an international network of contributors.
Turkish / English

Mulksuzlestirme Aglari / Networks of Dispossession

Mulksuzlestirme Aglari / Networks of Dispossession is a collective data compiling and mapping project dedicated to pursue the relations between capital and power in Turkey since 2014. Networks of Dispossession project consists of three maps; projects of dispossession, partnerships of dispossession and dispossessed minorities.
Turkish / English

Bulusan Adimlar / Encouraging Steps

Encouraging Steps is a digital story map, gathering the stories of solidarity and encounters of the people in Turkey who experienced voluntary or forced immigration. It shows the contribution of immigrants to various layers of urban culture and social life in today’s historical context. Encouraging Steps, which is initiated under the ‘Curious Steps’ program (mentioned below), is designed as a web-documentary in which you can reach stories by clicking on various spots on your screens.
Turkish / English

Cins Adimlar / Curious Steps

Curious Steps: Gender and Memory Walks of Istanbul is a collective effort to mobilize memories through walking and storytelling. After more than two decades of feminist interventions in the gendered histories and memories of Turkey and the Ottoman State, and following recent initiatives like the virtual Women’s Museum of Istanbul that seek to create alternative memory sites, a group of young people, students and faculty came together to create a “gender and memory walk” of the Beyoğlu neighborhood in Istanbul in 2014. Curious Steps brings together diverse groups of people for collective walks through urban spaces to listen to women’s and LGBTI+ stories researched and told by young volunteers. The walk has employed a growing repertoire of interventions to accomplish several interrelated goals: drawing attention to the silencing of women’s and LGBTI+ lives, contributions, and struggles in the city; making visible the nationalization and militarization of public spaces; introducing forms of alternative memorialization; co-witnessing and co-resisting with memory activists; exploring feminist and LGBTI+ struggles connected to space; making visible sites of gendered violence; exploring the gendered memories of recent cases of urban transformation; problematizing the marginalization of women and LGBTI+ in other rights struggles; and drawing attention to multiple layers of dispossession that mark public space.