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Activities 2015

  • 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.