Pinar Yelmi
PhD Candidate
Koc University

Pınar Yelmi was born in Istanbul in 1985. Received her Bachelor’s degree from the department of Industrial Design at Middle East Technical University (2008) and Master’s degree from the department of Visual Communication Design at Politecnico di Milano (2012). Pınar's studies on the Soundscape of Istanbul have started during her master's education. Having discovered the richness of cultural sounds in Istanbul, she decided to conduct further research under a PhD program in the department of Design, Technology and Society at Koc University. Since the Soundscape of Istanbul project is located at the intersection of soundscape studies and intangible cultural heritage, it suits this multidisciplinary program very well. With this project, she aims to explore the culture of the city from a sonic perspective, to collect the urban sonic values and to archive them as intangible cultural heritage elements in Koç University Library Digital Collections. Finally, using her background and education, she intends to design an experiential exhibition and a crowdsourced sound map in order to raise public awareness of the significance of the cultural sounds of Istanbul.