Yaşar Adnan Adanalı is Istanbul based urbanist, researcher and lecturer. His research and writings focus on social (re)production of space, spatial justice and relations of urban transformation and democratization processes. He teaches participatory planning & design course at TU Darmstadt and works with urban communities living in informally developed neighborhoods in Istanbul, supporting people's efforts to enhance security of tenure and to improve their living conditions. He is a voluntary member of Bir Umut Derneği (One Hope Association) Istanbul, a solidarity network of urban planners, architects, lawyers and activists. At the moment, with their new ‘Duzce Hope Studio’, they are working with a post-earthquake community in the city of Düzce, designing an affordable co-housing project for 389 families via following a participatory process. Yasar has initiated and coordinates several urban blogs and websites, including his personal blogs Reclaim Istanbul and Happy City. He is also part of a research collective - Networks of Dispossession, compiling and mapping data on relations of capital and power in Turkey.