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  • December 28, 2015

    Happy New Year 2016

  • December 28, 2015

    Graduate Seminar by Prof.Dr. Alper Ünlü

    You are kindly invited to the Seminar whose details are given in the attached posters.

    Please inform your graduate students about the seminar.

  • October 31, 2015

    IAPS Culture and Space Network Symposium + Workshop 5 Borders: Conflict and/or Potential Experiencing NICOSIA

    International Association of People Environment Studies (IAPS)

    Culture and Space Network &
    Eastern Mediterranean University, Faculty of Architecture Housing Education, Research and Advisory Centre (HERA-C)

    The scientific and organizational committee of the International Symposium + Workshop on "Borders: conflict and/or potential - Experiencing Nicosia" is pleased to announce that the symposium will be held in Famagusta & Nicosia hosted by the Eastern Mediterranean University, Faculty of Architecture HERA-C: Housing, Education Research and Advisory Center, between the dates 28 - 31 October 2015. This meeting is the 5th of a series of international symposium + workshop organized by the IAPS -International Association of People-Environment Studies - Network on "Culture and Space", with the objective of bringing together scholars and undergraduate/postgraduate students with an interest in social science from a variety of universities and disciplines.

    The first symposium of the network was "Culture and Space in the Home Environment"in Istanbul in 1997, then 'Traditional Environments in a New Millennium: Defining Principles and Professional Practice', in Amasya in 2001, 'Social Change and Spatial Transformation in Housing Environments',in Istanbul in 2005 and 'Revitalizing Built Environments: Re-qualifying Old Places for New Uses',in Istanbul in 2009. These events are now recognized as an established tradition of the IAPS community and in international architectural and urban research, a tradition that combines research studies within an interdisciplinary framework with high relevance for practice. It will be the primary aim of the organizers of this symposium to build on this tradition.

    As the venue of IAPS-Culture & Space Network symposium+workshop, Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and has also has been experiencing sharp changes in its built environment due to its politically conflicted condition. As a homeland of different cultures, the built and social environment of Cyprus tries to preserve its strong cultural diversity against everyday pressures of the changing socio-economic, physical and political structures on the island.

    The existence of different types of conflicts created various impacts on daily lives of the citizens as well as the natural and built environment of the cities. This raises many questions concerning the role and the potential of the conflict within the changing world.

    As the capital of Cyprus, Nicosia as a politically divided city has been selected as a venue to create a common understanding on conflicted urban settlements. Built on a rich cultural heritage and diversity, socially and spatially bordered character of this island city enables a wide opportunity for discussing various aspects of conflicts and potentials by focusing on different layers within a multi­disciplinary approach.

    The main theme focuses on four topics experiencing the divided city of Nicosia:

    •         Division / divided city

    (any relevant subject related to the physicality of having a political border, a buffer zone, etc).

    •         Borders and territories

    (issues focusing to the abstract and/or concrete borders, alienation, segregation and population displacement in urban environment).

    •     Culture, identity, memory and space

    (everyday use of public space, perception, attachment, snse of place and socio-spatial references).

    •           Heritage, branding and the image of the city
    (topics related to the effects of capitalism on cities, post neoliberal urbanism, heritage, city management and tourism).

    As a joint event, IAPS-CS Network organizes its 5th Symposium + Workshop on the theme to enforce an enlarged understanding on this specific case of a divided city. This challenging issue aims to highlight varieties of uses, potentials, collaborations or segregations, evolving new peripheral borders or eliminating the bordering structures of the social or physical environment.

    With a reference to the main theme of the activities, throughout the workshop, alternative interfaces are to be investigated via different forms of interpretations, installations, interviews, interventions, documentations, re-mappings, collages, texts and etc. through the supporting keywords, such as:





    -Similarity/ Difference



    -Active/Passive interventions - Interruption/Communication.

    This workshop aims to propose an alternative interface by design within different forms seeking for an understanding of abstract and/or concrete borders of today's world, with a specific focus on Nicosia's divided reality.

    Invited Workshop Teams:
    1.       Workshop Group - Israel

    2.       Workshop Group - Ireland

    3.       Workshop Group - Turkey

    4.       Workshop Group - Cyprus

    5.       Workshop Group - Cyprus/Italy

    6.       Workshop Group - Albenia

    Toni Fenster
    Ken Sterrett, and/or Frank Gaffikin
    Demet Mutman, Esra Akbalık, Hale Sinirlioglu
    Nil P. Şahin, Resmiye A. Atun,
    Alessandro Camiz Gjergji Islami

    Method of Workshops:
    -          Workshops will be organized upon invited workshop conductors.

    -          Workshop conductors will bring   their 5  students     from their    country.

    -          Workshop conductors will be giving seminars         to the participants.

    -          Workshops will be supported by invited speakers for the symposium.

    -       Workshops will take place in 4 complete days together with supported seminars to be given by workshop conductors and invited speakers.

    -        4th day is reserved for presentation preparations and final presentation.

    Invited Speakers
    •      Prof.Dr. Hülya Turgut, Turkey, Istanbul

    •      Prof.Dr. Naciye Doratlı, Cyprus, Famagusta

    •      Assoc.Prof.Dr. Mukaddes Faslı, Cyprus, Famagusta

    •      Prof.Dr. Toni Fenster, Israel, Tel Aviv

    •      Dr. Ken Sterrett & Prof.Dr.Frank Gaffikin, Ireland, Belfast

    •      Gjergji Islami, Albenia, Tirana

    •         Assist.Prof.Dr. Allessandro Camiz, Italy, Rome, & Cyprus, Kyrenia

    •      Esra Can Akbil, Cyprus, Famagusta

    •      Assist. Prof.Dr. Münevver Özgür Özersay, Cyprus, Famagusta Participants:

    Participants will be Students of 3rd-4th-5th years (from various disciplines such as architecture, urban planning, urban design, landscape architecture, sociology, anthropology, etc.)

    Number of participants: 20-30 (will work in groups of 4-6)

    First Call for participants:                            August 2015

    Workshop Date:                                            28-31 October 2015

    Fee for Students:

    100 EUROS (which will cover accommodation, meals, workshop package, pre-workshop and post­workshop publications)

    Exhibition of Workshop Results:

    Symposium + Workshop results will be collected in a book of abstracts/projects + CD of workshop presentations


    Scientific and Organizational

    Hülya Turgut,                        IAPS-Culture & Space Network Coordinator

    Şebnem Önal Hoşkara,Dean,    Faculty of Architecture, Eastern Mediterranean University

    Peter Kellett,                          IAPS-Culture & Space Network Coordinator

    Kağan Günçe                         HERA-C Director, Faculty of Architecture, Eastern Mediterranean University

    Resmiye Alpar Atun                Faculty of Architecture, Eastern Mediterranean University

    Nil Paşaoğluları Şahin             Faculty of Architecture, Eastern Mediterranean University

    Esra Akbalık                          Faculty of Architecture and Design, Maltepe University

    Demet Mutman                     Faculty of Architecture and Design, Maltepe University

    Hale Sinirlioglu                     Faculty of Architecture and Design, Maltepe University

    Fatameh Ghafari Tavasoli        Faculty of Architecture, Eastern Mediterranean University

    IAPS-Culture & Space Network Coordinator
    Dean, Faculty of Architecture, Eastern Mediterranean University
    IAPS-Culture & Space Network Coordinator
    HERA-C Director, Faculty of Architecture, Eastern Mediterranean


    Participating Universities
    •         Tirana Polytechnic, Tirana, Albenia

    •         Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel

    •        Queens University of Belfast, Belfast, Ireland

          •       Maltepe University, Istanbul, Turkey

          •      Ozyegin University, Istanbul, Turkey

          •        Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta, Cyprus

          •        Girne Amearican University, Kyrenia, Cyprus

          •        International Cyprus University, Nicosia, Cyprus

          •        Lefke European University, Lefke, Cyprus


    P.S : You can download the program from the link below.


  • October 28, 2015

    PLDC We are happy to announce that EMU-Faculty of Architecture, became a Partner University of PLDC 2015

    The PLDC programme commences on Wednesday, 28. October – a day dedicated to pre-convention meetings: sessions on specific design topics or issues relating to professional practice. The following pre-convention meetings are currently planned:

  • May 20, 2015

    The FiFth International DesignWeek-EMU (IntDW2015-EMU)

    The team of International Design Week 2015/EMU proudly announces this year's theme as "GREEN GESTURES" where the power of green design and its role in transforming the world will be highlighted. "GREEN" which reveals itself as an important word/adjective of the 21st century is expected to bring solutions to deep-rooted dilemmas such as poverty and climate change. Green design which demands a holistic approach to the design process and the product itself offer a challenging ground for the designers by inviting them to a world of intricate equilibriums. Considering this in mind, the intdw2015 invites professional from various disciplines to come together on 20-22 May 2015 in Famagusta with the students of architecture and interior architecture to exchange ideas and develop an understanding on green issues and finally come up with a product that will highlight the importance of green design in everyday life.
    At the end of these activities, students should develop a detailed understanding of the entire process leading up to the making of the product, where they will learn to question
    • what are the raw materials used....
    • where they come from?
    • what are the social implications of extracting the materials,
    • can they be reused,
    • recycled or
    • biodegrade?
    And also learn about creating a..
    TIMELESS product, one with a technical and aesthetic durability, that will last generations .
    UP-CYCLE – ed product where there is an infinite loop of reuse and there is no loss in quality of the material, or the material has the ability to naturally biodegrading releasing its nutrients back in to the environment..
    In the light of this perspective, the International Design Week 2015/EMU invites professional from various disciplines to come together on 20-22 May 2015 in Gazimağusa to exchange ideas and develop an understanding on green issues which will come to body as a final product that will highlight the importance of green design in everyday life.
    Students who participate in these activities are expected to develop a detailed understanding of the entire process leading up to the making of the product, where they will learn to question what sort of raw materials they used, where they come from, whether they can be reused, recycled or biodegrade and what are the impacts of extracting these materials..
    May 11-13 Student Registrations to the event (Coloured Building)

    For more information, please follow us from our Facebook Page.

    With kindest regards
    5th International Design Week Team
    Mukaddes Faslı (Coordınator) - Mesut Çelik - Netice Yıldız
    Pınar Uluçay (Coordınator) - Ali Yapicioğlu (Advisor) - Kokan Grchev

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