HEY! is a platform and resource for realization of livable, lovable, walkable cities. Its first project is an open-source urban design guideline (Imaginable Guidelines, Istanbul)- specifically developed for Istanbul, covering fundamental and idiosyncratic 101 topics on cards with 101 artworks and texts on both sides. All cards could be reassembled to respond specific complexities therefore enable collective imagination, custom guidelines for citizens’, experts’, municipalities’ priorities. Blending the analytical, practical and creative intelligence, HEYigi is a proactive tool to frame, negotiate, rehearse, review, revise and innovate urban design solutions.
City design is a complex and trans-disciplinary challenge yet a greater possibility with creative minds. Guidelines are crucial references in which expert knowledge, best practice criteria and performance parameters are prioritized. In conjunction with an interdisciplinary task-force and end-users, fluid conversations, debates on preferences, stakeholder responsibilities and open-ended proposals are possible with coherent know-how.
On this ground, HEYigi is a tool and resource that shares the expert knowledge and artistic intelligence which citizens can blend with their experiences to solve urban design problems.
It is an ever-evolving and dynamic reference created by the collective voice including experts, organizations and citizens. In a manner of playing, selected cards of the guidelines could respond to specific priorities and robust implementation strategies. It is valid for any developing economy and meta-city like Istanbul -that has been transforming drastically.
HEYigi has a democratic approach to realize the self-organization, nurtures vibrant public life, celebrates idiosyncratic neighborhood culture and coherence -which form an efficient urban system. As a digital platform and printed card set, it animates citizens efficiently through awareness and active engagement. The project is already a unique collaboration between many agencies and part of the collective imagination –being used in workshops by students, civil associations and designers.