Faculty Member, PhD

Emrah Altınok

+90 212 311 7491

Santralistanbul / 6 NO'LU BİNA 605

Emrah Altınok is an artist, author, and social scientist working as an assistant professor at Istanbul Bilgi University's Department of Architecture. Trained in urban & regional planning, urban sociology, and urban political economy. He holds a PhD in Urban Planning from Yıldız Technical University, Istanbul. His research interests include the political economy of capitalism, hegemony, history, theory, and criticism in planning and architecture, critical urban theory, social urbanism, and ecosocial design. Presently, he is thinking and writing on post-capitalism, post-growth politics, solidarity economies, and cooperatives. With hybrid expertise, Altınok can influence city planners, mayors, and NGOs to implement progressive urban and social programs. As an activist and role model educator who employs an out-of-classroom approach, he works with his students in solidarity with neighborhood initiatives to develop participatory and inclusive planning and design models.

Based on his research experience in toponymy, critical mapping, and geospatial analysis, he has joined a network of COST Action secondary proposers in 2022. His mappings and data visualizations addressing social and environmental challenges in the context of Istanbul's over-urbanization were exhibited at MAXXI in 2015. As an artist combining social research, data science, and hybrid artistic mediums, Altınok has been exhibited in 10+ international and national galleries and art venues, such as Cantieri Culturali Alla Zisa, Palermo, and the Institut Français de Turquie. Several worldwide magazines and newspapers, such as the Financial Times, Where Magazine, Wired, and Zeit and distinguished publishing houses, such as Random House, Penguin, and De Geus, have included his works.


@ Architecture B.Arch. 

Architectural Design Studio III (course coordinator, 2012-)

Architectural Design Studio IV (course coordinator, 2012-)

Production of Space and the Urban Condition (developed & coordinated independently, 2012-)

Introduction to Urban Design (devel. & coord. indep., 2012-)

Photography for Designers (devel. & coord. indep., 2012-2015)

Architectural Drawing & Graphic Communication (co-directed, 2012)

Data Patterns of Metropolis (co-developed & co-directed, 2019)

@ History, Theory, Criticism [MA], and Architectural Design [MArch] 

Research in Architecture and Urban Studies (newly developed course, 2022)

The New Frontiers in Growth and Eco-democratic Metabolisms (newly developed course, 2022)

Cross-disciplinary Ecosocial Design (newly developed course, 2022)

History & Political-Economy of Capitalist Urbanization (developed & coordinated independently, 2016-)

Critical Urban Theory (devel. & coord. indep., 2016-)

Urban Political Economy (devel. & coord. indep., 2013-15)

Structure and Strata of the Metropolis (co-directed, 2013), Course Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Tansel Korkmaz, PhD

Rewards and Achievements

Gallipoli Historic Peninsula, 2014
2-Stage Competition, Honorable Mention, National Park Design
Commissioned by: Çanakkale İl Özel İdaresi
Competition Team: Selin Maner, Ali Cindoruk, Koray Özgen, Emrah Altınok, Defne Akşin Akyol
Advisor Team: Sibel Bozdoğan, Çiğdem Maner, Naz Beykan
Photography by Robert Huber & design team

Çanakkale City Square and Immidiate Surroundings, 2013 
Urban Design Competition, Mention
Competition Team: Ali Özer, Emrah Altınok, Özhan Akay, Habibe Aduş, Mustafa Ünal, Ahmet Elmalı

Melih Cevdet Anday Poetry Award, first place, 2003

Rıfat Ilgaz Poetry Award, first place, 2003

Yaşar Nabi Nayır Poetry Award, honorable mention, 2003

Other Information

Media Appearances
November 10, 2016 - Radio Program Guest 
“Açık Mimarlık”, Açık Radyo [with Cansu Cürgen &e Oğul Öztunç] https://goo.gl/Mhaiuk 

December 2, 2004 - TV Show Guest
“Varoşların Ağır Romanı [Cholera Street of Suburbia]” Siyaset Meydanı, ATV [a National TV Channel].

August 7, 2012 - Radio Program Guest
“Şeffaflık ve Hesap Verebilirlik Bağlamında TOKİ (Mass Housing Administration in the contex of Transparency and Accountability)” Şeffaf Gündem, Açık Radyo [a National Radio].

August 14, 2012 - Radio Program Guest
“Şeffaflık ve Hesap Verebilirlik Bağlamında İstanbul TOKİ Uygulamaları (Istanbul Projects of Mass Housing Administration in the contex of Transparency and Accountability)” Şeffaf Gündem, Açık Radyo [a National Radio].

Artistic Works
Published Books [Literature / Poetry]
Eine Wahrheit am Karlsplatz [short story -book chapter-, Trans. by Sara Heigl], in Aus allen Richtungen: Karlsplatzierungen [Ed: Elena Messner, Eva Schörkhuber], Sonderzahl, Vienna, 2014. [ISBN-10: 3854494300] 

Çöt Mendime Görsektimi Vuru? [poetry, using the name “Franko Buskas” as a pseudonym], Oct. 2010, Norgunk, Istanbul. [ISBN: 978 975 8686-55-1]

2048 [poetry] Pan, June 2009, Istanbul. [ISBN: 978-9944-396-62-2]

Aradaki, [poetry] Çınar, November 2005, Istanbul. [ISBN: 975-348-200-0]

Mediterranean Routes [Group Exhibition] 
Cantieri Culturali Alla Zisa - ZAC - Zisa Zona Arti Contemporanee, Via Paolo Gili, 4, Palermo, Italy, 18th February - 10th March, 2017 [https://goo.gl/wEMGP3]
Metis, 2014 [Photography, Digital C-Print, 10x12 cm. wood photo frame, Edition: 1/1+1]

Kaide, Aslıhan Demirtaş [Invited Artist]
Collectorspace, Taksim-Gümüşsuyu Mah. İnönü Cad. No: 9c 34437 Beyoğlu Istanbul, 17–23 Mayıs 2017 [https://goo.gl/4cK19X, https://goo.gl/KxsPbn]
kaide:şiir, 2017 [Poetry Installation, 6x21 cm. paper sheet, Edition: 1/1+1]

İstanbul: Passion, Joy, Fury [Group Exhibition] biscurated by Hou Hanru with a team of international curators. 
MAXXI Rome-Italy, 11 December 2015 - 1 May 2016 [http://goo.gl/ZLEnW5]
TOKİ Wall  [340x250 cm. wallpaper: panoramic photography & mapping]

Grace of Another World [Group Exhibition] curated by Nihan Çetinkaya 
artSümer Karaköy-İstanbul, 31 October - 12 December 2015 [http://goo.gl/MF9Aw0]
Now, Put Your Gender Down Slowly [90x80 cm. photography, digital print. Edition: 1/5+1]

GOSS Istanbul Affordable Art Fair [Group Exhibition] 
Kolektif House İstanbul-Turkey, 2-3 May 2015 [http://goo.gl/1SKo6W]
The Galaxy in Between Us [Photography, 140x80 cm. digital print. Edition: 1/5+1] 
Free Soul [Photography, 90x80 cm. digital print. Edition: 1/5+1]
Now, Put Your Gender Down Slowly [90x80 cm. photography, digital print. Edition: 1/5+1]

The Lack [Personal Exhibition] 
Lomography Gallery Galata-İstanbul, 18-30 April 2014 
The Lack [Photography series, 30 pieces, various sizes]

The Memory of Art - Artrands [Group Exhibition] curated by Nail Özlüsoylu
İzmir University of Economics 05-12 April 2013 [http://goo.gl/0ZO6OY]
The Room [Photography, 5 pieces of 40x60 cm. digital print. Edition: 1/10+1]  

How Much Contemporary Art Project [Group Exhibition] curated by Nail Özlüsoylu 
Ismet V. Güney Art Centre Nicosia, Cyprus, March 17 - April 3, 2010 
Facity Project [Photography, 2 pieces of 60x60 cm. digital print. Edition: 1/20+1]

Artist in Residence 
MQ Quartier21 Artists-in-Residence Program, Recommendation: The Austrian Foreign Ministry 
Period: July 1-August 1, 2013, Residence: Studio Black Sea, Hof 3 - Museums Quartier, Vienna.

Music - Live Performances
Indigo, İstanbul, February 11, 2011, The Band Etreh feat. Christoph Höfferl
Indigo, İstanbul, February 19, 2012, The Band Etreh
Peyote, İstanbul, February 8, 2011, The Zonnhaider’s Club feat. Emrah Altınok
Gram, İstanbul, February 6, 2011, The Zonnhaider’s Club feat. Emrah Altınok