Durak (stop) Ovacık is a bus station collectively designed and built for the
people of Ovacık region on the Eastern Turkey through a participatory process.
Dersim region was historically militarized and segregated by the goverment
force from the early years of the Republic of Turkey. While the influence of
these invasions still continues in the landscape, Ovacık town was experiencing
series of changes through the new local authority from Communist Party.
In cooperation with the municipality, Plankton Project developed a bus station
prototype for the region. Through collective brainstorming, design discussions
and collective building process, we developed a design that offers a comfortable
and non-commercial bus station which encourage recycled, sustainable and/
or local materials.
The inspirational process motivated us, a group of design students, to initiate
Plankton Project design collective for experiencing more process and practice-based
participatory design projects and knowledge sharing with the local users.
Images from the design and construction process on site