2021
New York

/ Biomaterial Design
/ Circular Design
/ Experimentative Approach

Experimentative research study looking into the relationship between nature and the built environments.


Apolitical Trees looks into the politics of street trees by comparing three cities across the world: Istanbul (Turkey) , London (United Kingdom) and Los Angeles (United States).




Defining Project
Can we imagine urban trees free of political and social interests?

Examining four cities (Istanbul, Los Angeles, London) across the world, the project collects data from neighborhoods varying in socio- economic statuses to evaluate the correlation between neighborhood’s socioeconomic status and amount of street trees.

While street trees bring increasingly environmental and social benefits to citizens, in some cases, they are regarded solely as a political campaign and a vote enforcement.

Using algorithms to define the amount of green in cities, Apolitical Trees creates a flow diagram for citizens to ask, Are Trees In My Neighborhood and City Apolitical?



City: Istanbul

Neighborhoods:
  1. Kadikoy
  2. Zeytinburnu
  3. Fatih



City: London

Neighborhoods:
  1. Hackney
  2. South Kensington
  3. Abbey Wood




City: Los Angeles

Neighborhoods:
  1. Palos Verdes
  2. East Hollywood
  3. Downtown LA





Process
Using images collected from Google Maps and data across various sites to compare the variables such as rent, income and neighborhood property tax, I have created a flow diagram for citizens to evaluate the status of their urban trees.






Acknowledgments
Special thanks to the Keio School of Media and tutors Professor Matthew Waldman and Professor Junichi Yamaoka for their support.