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Cosmopolis Lunch Seminar with Ceren Sezer (TU Delft): Visibility in public space and socially inclusive cities: the presence and changes of Turkish amenities in Amsterdam

6 June 2019 , Geography Dept. - Room F 4.66- (VUB - Pleinlaan 2, BE-1050 Brussels, Building

Ceren Sezer TU Delft


This presentation introduces the concept of visibility as a useful tool to diagnose and assess inclusive public spaces, which are understood as spaces that are open and accessible to all people, regardless of social, cultural and economic differences.  The concept of visibility refers to the visual perception of the observable features of distinctive urban groups in public space, which give evidence of how these groups engage with, shape, and construct public space. The main assumption is that the visibility of distinctive urban groups manifests the rights of these groups to participate in public life of the city, which is a key feature of socially inclusive cities. Consequently, the presence and changes in visibility of urban groups is a highly political issue, raising issues in relation to just and unjust urban conditions. The presentation reflects on the findings of an empirical research, which uses the visibility Turkish amenities as a proxy for their presence and changes in the streets of Amsterdam in the context of urban transformation. It concludes by presenting the implications of these findings for urban design and planning practice and research.

Bio speaker

Ceren Sezer is currently working on transformation processes in the streets of immigrant neighbourhoods in Amsterdam. She does research in urban design and planning focusing on liveability and sustainability of public spaces; urban form and social life in the city, urban regeneration and renewal processes; spatial practices of migrant communities; and environment-behaviour studies. She is joint-editor of Marketplaces as Urban Development Strategy (2013), Public Space and Urban Justice (2017), and The Politics of Visibility in Public Space (forthcoming) . She is co-founder of an international research and design network ‘Public Spaces and Urban Cultures’ established under the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP).