Call for Experience Sharing Gökçeada Design Forum for Social Development: Territorial Design in Ac

5-6 July 2018, Gökçeada (Imroz), Çanakkale – Turkey

Özyeğin University (OzU) – İstanbul Institute of Design (İID)

Since 2014 OzU/İID has been conducting a comprehensive social design initiative in Turkey. The Gökçeada Design Workshops take place every summer in Gökçeada, an island with different communities in the North Aegean Sea. The workshops aim to utilize design as a creative and innovative tool in order to address local social and economic problems in the island. The ultimate goal is to contribute to the island’s sustainable social development process. Through community involvement, participants propose new products and services based on Gökçeada’s cultural and natural resources. Students, scholars and designers from all around the world have participated in this annual event since 2014.

Following our experience in the Gökçeada Design Workshops on social development in the biggest and demographically diverse island in Turkey, we are now excited to organize the first edition of the Gökçeada Design Forum for Social Development focusing on different examples of territorial design projects from Turkey, and the world. The organizing committee of the forum invites all designers, researchers, scholars and practitioners to share their experiences in territorial design and/or the use of design for social development at rural or urban scale.

Keynote Speaker:

Terry IRWIN, Professor / Head of School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University, USA.

Mugendi K M'Rithaa, President Emeritus, World Design Organization (WDO), Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa

How to participate:

- Proposals for a 20 minutes’ presentation should be approx. 300 words in length, and should be supported with project links and/or other documenting materials.

- Proposals should be sent to

- Deadline for the submission of proposals: May 31, 2018.

- Acceptance announcement: June 4, 2018.

- All the papers based on the forum presentations will be published after the event in an edited book.

- The official language of the forum is English. There is no participation fee.

Organizing Committee:

Metin Çavuş, Asst. Prof., Dept. of Communication Design, OzU

Alpay Er, Prof., Dept. of Industrial Design, OzU

Alayça Erözçelik, Inst., Dept. of Industrial Design, OzU

Orhan Hacıhasanoğlu, Prof., Dept. of Architecture, OzU

GDF-SD Forum Secretariat:

Pelin Günay, Res. Asst., Dept. of Industrial Design, OzU

Burak Taşdizen, Res. Asst., Dept. of Industrial Design, OzU

İlke Çakmakoğlu, PhD candidate, İID, OzU

40-min documentary of the 2015 edition of Gökçeada/Imroz Design Workshops (with English subtitles) would give you an idea about the work of OzU / İID in the island:

The Venue, the island of Gokceada / Imroz

Ozyeğin University (OzU)

Istanbul Institute of Design (IID)