Betül graduated from Istanbul Technical University Urban and Regional Planning Department spring semester 2016. Now, she is studying in İstanbul Technical University Urban Design master programme and is also interested in urban identity, place making, urban underground areas and transportation. She contributes to UTB-MENA for participating an academic work and brainstorm with people from different countries. Also, Istanbul is a very diversified city with its different type of districts and neighbourhoods which are hosting different social lives and activities. In this project Betüls surveyor team is visiting six neighbourhoods under three categories, however each of which has a unique structure. As she is an urban planner, this provides her to get to know different expectations about her city, its neighbourhoods, transportation and of course people’s lives at the first hand.
Özlem Kılınç was born in Istanbul in 1993. She will graduate in urban and regional planning department in Istanbul Technical University soon. In 2015, she also studied at Politecnico di Milano as Erasmus student for two semesters. Özlem is interested all topics about urban planning but her focus is especially on urban design, design of public areas and relation between public transportation and public areas in mega cities. Hence she concerns UTB-MENA.