Banu Çiçek Tülü is an independent researcher and urban designer from South-East Turkey based in Berlin. For the past years, she has been developing her ideas through extradisciplinary praxis by acting as an initiator of diverse research projects that utilize editorial, curatorial, artistic and academic methodologies. Her academic and artistic research interests include urban design theory, urban commons, participation, public space, soundscapes, acoustic ecology, environmental spatial justice and interdisciplinary methodologies. She is currently PhD candidate at Hamburg Fine Arts University and granted by Heinrich Böll Foundation. One part of her dissertation turned into a seminar format; Berlin Sonic: Auditory Collective Explorations which she leads the students to discover the urban space and the politics of sound. Started when she was a BA student in Istanbul, she continues her political engagement also in Germany. Since April 2018, she teaches Urban Activism class at Humboldt University Berlin.
Curated by Angeli Sachs, Social Design exhibition in the Museum for Gestaltung Zurich aims to discuss implications of growth economy on human beings, environment and design. Banu Çiçek Tülü reviewed the exhibition as a good example of inclusiveness in a country where democratic design processes emerge in urban scale.