"We are here in Kurtulus Park in the centre of Ankara. I was born in Ankara and I came here first during my primary school time, so, I have been visiting this park for 20 years now. From my childhood I remember the big trees and women sitting on the benches knitting. Within this space I would say that very little has changed but one important aspect is the demolution of the walls which surounded this park before. Now it is open to the city. I don't come here frequently, let's say two times per month. In recent times I came to see a mobile sculpture called "The yellow girl" which has been placed down there. I like this sculpture very much.
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"This is the Bilkent centre in the suburbs of Ankara. This place is close to Bikent university and the housing areas which are attached to this instiution. This is place is my usual weekend stop after my grocery shopping in the big shopping centre over there. I stop here to have my icecream, watch the kids playing, relax a little bit. I got a job at the university over there, I am a faculty member there and this is why I life here close to the campus, so it became automatically part of my life. I like that this place is close, calm and practical as I can combine shopping and being close to people. On rather funny aspect is that I specifically like the icecream-shop over there, that really attracks me to come here. Since I like that icecream better than any other I come over here to eat it, that is the story behind it. I is a calm life here, far away from the noise and dirtyness of the citylife. I also come here to be part of the public life since my environment on the campus and around the flat is rather limited.
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"We are in Cihangir, a small residential area of Istanbul, many intellectual people live around here. The buildings are old and they all have a wonderful view. People know each other quite well. But the most important are these wonderful stairs with a view over Istanbul. I came into contact with this space during my art studies, the university is very close, right on the Bosporus seaside. Often when we came here to eat our lunch we started to talk about our future plans, that is a special feeling which comes back to my mind every time I am here. And beside this I can see all Istanbul from here, the Asian side, the old Topkapi palace and the Istanbul island leading to the Marmara sea. This is a very specific Istanbul place because you have both: the view over the town and the people gathering here informally on the stairs to talk to each other. I feel good here. This place is really pulic, it does not belong to anybody. An open space for everybody...
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