Pelin Tan


Pelin Tan

Researcher in sociology, urbanism and architecture, Author and Artist

Pelin is a researcher in sociology, urbanism and architecture. Her practice is about research-based artistic and architectural pedagogy, territorial conflict, commonning practices and urban justice. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the School of Architecture and Planning, ACT Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge. Pelin worked in several institution such as Berlin Humboldt Univ. Art History Dept. (DAAD, 2006-2007), MA in Architecture and Urban Studies (adbk – Nürnberg). In 2012, she was a Japan Foundation research fellow at Osaka Urban Research Plaza, where she researched alternative collectives and urban justice in Japan.Between 2013 – 2017, she worked at the Architecture Faculty of Mardin Artuklu University (nomination for Mies Award 2017).

She was a Research Professor of Design Strategies at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, School of Design (2016). Her research includes Threshold Infrastructure on the Pearl River Delta Sea on labour and design. This research was funded by Hong Kong Design Trust fund.

Pelin also did research and wrote on the refugee camps and practices of commons and was part of the pedagogical consortium on Refugee Heritage, Campus in Camps, Dheisheh Palestinian Refugee Camp.

Pelin is a lead author of “Towards an Urban Society”, the International Panel on Social Progress (IPSP, edited by Saskia Sassen and Edgar Pieterse, 2015–2017). She contributed recently to publications on architecture, urbanism, and art such as: 2000+: Urgencies of Architectural Theories (GSAPP, 2015), and The Silent University: Toward Transversal Pedagogy (Sternberg Press, 2016), Autonomous Archiving (2016), Camp as Trans-local Practice (Refugee Heritage, e-flux architecture, 2017). She participated in the Istanbul Biennale in 2007 and 2015, Montreal Biennale (2014), Lisbon Architecture Triennale (2013), and Oslo Architecture Triennale (2016). She is one of the curator of the 1. Wuzhen Architecture Biennale, China (2018).

Pelin co-directed three episodes of a film titled 2084 about the future of art and society with artist Anton Vidokle. She is a member of Artikisler Video Collective and contributor to The Silent University.
(Copyright Photo: Yangyi Ouyang)


Pelin Tan