-trak,

-trak thinks up the interaction between the space and the user and offers permanent and temporary designs to enhance the space. In a world where urban areas getting crowded day by day, following its own norms and terms, -trak finds ways to create spaces and products that give enjoyment to the users.

Founded in 2011, -trak is a team focusing on ‘temporary situations’ and flows into all spaces in which the temporality should be designed. With small-scale but collective works, -trak enhances the diversity of its portfolio.

These ‘temporary situations’ include indoor and outdoor organizations, traditional marketplaces/bazaars, and public spaces in need of multifunctionality.

By designing systems, which work simultaneously with the projects and the relevant products, we contribute to the economy and sustainability of them. Additionally, we perform works that question the permanence of ‘temporality’ and opens this up for debate.

Thanks to its small-scale character, -trak is an agile team that can create more with limited intervention and this practice enables us to take risks on 1:1 scale production to achieve ‘real experiences’.

What is essential for -trak is ‘to try’ in a world where hierarchies and large-scale producers are unable to do it. The information comes out of our experiences is not numerical data but users’ stories for us.  We collect them and we learn from them, and as of today, we share them with our words.

TEAM’18: BİHTER ÇELİK (FOUNDING PARTNER), DİLARA KARA, LİNDA BÜYÜKSİMKEŞYAN, SEZİN KARCAN KAYA

Bihter Çelik

Designer and architect

Bihter Celik is an architect and a designer based in Istanbul.

 She holds a bachelor degree from the Architectural department of Istanbul Technical University. Bihter is a maker, artisan, project coordinator. Since her graduation, she teamed up with several designers under the name -trak, a design and collective architecture firm co-founded by Bihter. -trak is a suffix for a way to make things as possible as more ephemeral and mobile. -trak devises projects having social and environmental impacts by pursuing the spatial equity and material economy.

 In 2016, she became a community member of ATÖLYE for collective practices. She continues her work with -trak.

Dilara Kara

Designer and architect

Dilara Kara is an architect and a designer based in Istanbul.

She graduated with high honours from Yildiz Technical University Architecture Department in 2013. During her study she spent one year at Seconda Universita degli Studi di Napoli with the Erasmus Scholarship. In 2013, she started her Master’s degree at Architectural Design Master Program in Istanbul Technical University. She participated in several architectural and urban design competitions, won awards. In 2013, she joined Herkes İçin Mimarlık (Architecture For All) Association in order to seek collective solutions to social problems in architectural context. She volunteered as a coordinator at various in-situ design and construction workshops. In 2015, she studied at Politecnico di Milano with the Erasmus Scholarship. She completed her masters and graduated with high honours in 2017. She worked at Sakarya University and Okan University as a visiting lecturer.

She is collaborating with -trak since January 2018.

Linda Büyüksimkeşyan

Designer and interior designer

Linda Büyüksimkeşyan is an architect and a designer based in İstanbul.

She completed her high school education in Private Saint Michel French High School. In 2016, she graduated with high honors from Kadir Has University, Faculty of Art and Design with a degree in Interior Architecture and Environmental Design. She is interested in chess and photography. Linda, who has been interested in ceramics for many years as well, held her first major exhibition in Tarık Zafer Tunaya Culture Center in 2011.

She is collaborating with -trak since December 2018.

Sezin Karcan Kaya

Designer and architect

Sezin Karcan Kaya is an architect and designer based in İstanbul.

She holds a bachelor degree from the Architectural Department of Istanbul Technical University, and she continues her studies at Kadir Has University Master at Design Program. She also attended Politechnika Poznańska with Erasmus Exchange Program. During her studies she joined “Yerden Yüksek Architecture Community with Children” in order to seek alternative practices to the current educational disciplines. She volunteered as a coordinator at various workshops examining child and design relation. She explores various design practices and activities since the beginning of her architectural studies. Her recent curiosity is graphic and product design.

She is collaborating with -trak since 2016.

CONTRIBUTORS
ELİF KARAKÖSE, MUTLU GÜNGÖR, BERKE ÖZKAY ÖZKÖK, ILGIN HANCIOĞLU, ELİF TAN, KIVANÇ BAŞAK, ÖZGÜN GÜRSÜRER, ANIL ÇATIK, GÜNEŞ TANIŞ, SEDA SULTANSU, TUĞYAN KEPKEP, ASENA GÜRMERİÇ, BENGİSU ECEM YILDIZ, UĞUR LATİF ÇELEBİ, EZGİ ÇİFTÇİ, DOĞAN MÜCAVİROĞLU, TUĞÇE AKBULUT, TÜMER KESER, AĞACAN BAHADIR, ZELİHA ÖZTÜRK, RENGİN AYTAN, DENİZ ENGİN
COLLABORATORS
BANAA, DESIGN ATLAS, FARKLI MEKAN, HABLAR EN ARTE, HERKES İÇİN MİMARLIK (ARCHITECTURE FOR ALL), ISTANBUL PERFORMANCE ART, ONARANLAR KULÜBÜ (REPAIRS CLUB), PICO COLECTIVO, TAK, TXP, INSTITUTE OF CREATIVE MINDS
CLIENTS
BOMONTİADA,  CAFFE NERO, COCA COLA, POZİTİF, EFES PİLSEN, NUHOĞLU LANDSCAPE, NUROL REIT, RED BULL,  SANALARC, SHOW-HOW, TAK KARTAL, TAK KADIKÖY, TEKE AJANS

Istanbul

info@design-trak.com
+905362209131
ATÖLYE, Bomontiada
Bomonti Eski Bira Fabrikası,
Merkez Mahallesi, Silahşör Caddesi,
Birahane Sokak, no:1  Şişli, İstanbul