Architect Merve Bedir’s work focuses on infrastructures of hospitality and mobility. A second line of research follows the collective intelligences of landscape. She is a postdoctoral researcher in Critical Media Lab, Basel, and an adjunct assistant professor in the Hong Kong University Department of Architecture, Division of Landscape Architecture. She holds a PhD from Delft University of Technology, and a BArch from Middle East Technical University in Ankara. She is a co-initiator of Aformal Academy in the Pearl River Delta region, Black Book Assembly in Hong Kong, Kitchen Workshop in Gaziantep, and the Center for Spatial Justice in Istanbul.
Bedir curated Vocabulary of Hospitality, Istanbul and Rotterdam (2014 and 2022, respectively); uncommon river, Plovdiv (2015); and Automated Landscapes (2017-19). Her works were included in the Istanbul Design Biennale (several editions), Urbanism and Architecture Biennale Shenzhen (several editions), Sao Paulo Architecture Biennale (2017), and Venice Architecture Biennale (2021); and most recently in Matadero Madrid (2020) and the Smithsonian Museum (2022).
In Gate 27 Ayvalık, Bedir will continue doing research on physical and ephemeral infrastructures of modernity, taking as a point of departure from the concepts of “fata morgana” and ghost infrastructures. She is particularly interested in engaging with the construction and working processes of Çandarlı port.