Sıla Akalp is an urban planner and partner at the company Kentsel Strateji (Urban Strategy). Main fields of the company are Urban Visioning, Strategic Design and Negotiation Management. She is also working as Strategic Design Manager at TAK.
In order to minimize today’s urban problems, the relationship between “strategy” and “design” must be strengthened and principles of planning and design must be developed within participatory environments. Aiming that, TAK model was established by Kentsel Strateji, in Kadıköy and Kartal, in collaboration with both municipalities.
TAK is a place of creativity and innovation which citizens, designers, volunteers, students and supporters gather in collaboration to develop ideas on urban issues and share their products with public. As an independent initiative, TAK generates programs and projects in collaboration and voluntariness with designers from a wide variety of all disciplines. TAK aims to solve urban problems within Design, Research and Participation and actualizes socially responsive design processes.