Architect Nazlı Ödevci is sharing her life and work cycle in Istanbul.
Dear Nazlı, please tell us;
Who you are
I am an architect focusing on sustainable design. I studied in Turkey and Sweden. I am currently working as a self-employed architect and teaching green architecture at universities. Besides I integrate sustainability to social projects that investigate alternative strategies for a livable future. Barters, community meet-ups and gatherings with professionals are among these projects.
Creativity is storytelling! It is the ability to express your own reason of existence in different ways; singing, dancing, designing… The outcome doesn’t have to be solid; it can also be an influential dialogue.
As Manfred Max-Neef mentioned, creative outcome should satisfy 9 aspects of life that every human being needs: Subsistence, protection, affection, understanding, participation, idleness, creation, identity and freedom. If you fulfill any of them, you are creative in your own way.
Structure your creative process
My creative process consists of contrasting acts. I’ve lived a considerably long period of my life in military districts, where every thing you do was set strictly by the rules. This made me so enthusiastic about refusing to stay stable and encouraged me to learn new things. I started to grow attention and interest in urban agriculture when I moved to the city center. This tension of contrasts keeps me creative. The diversity of the city is also suitable for collaboration. So I try to keep my perception open all the time and be up to date about creative things happening around me.
What makes a city creative? List 5 aspects.
Hubs gathering the community of independent professionals
What makes your city creative?
My city is a mix of all of the aspects above! Among these, Istanbul’s lasting history creates diversity and enhances urban life. Another remarkable symbol is the Bosphorus; separating two continents. It has always been an inspiring landmark for creative people in Istanbul for centuries. I think that the emerging co-working spaces and maker movements are also making Istanbul creative.