Rethinking, Reinterpreting and Restructuring Composite Cities
Developments in science and technology, demand-driven education and practices, climate change, the gradual decrease in natural resources, and economic constraints all combine to drive increased interest in research in architecture and urbanism at EU levels. In light of this, the EURAU conferences were initiated in 2004 to create a platform for researchers to share their own research outputs and knowledge, and to discuss problems emerging in architecture and urbanism with a view to develop solutions.
This book brings together 19 selected papers delivered at the EURAU2014 Istanbul “Composite Cities” Conference, the primary aim of which was to provide a medium in which the complex relationships between urban form and urban experience could be discussed. The conference did this by examining four composite characters of today’s cities: the hybrid city, the morphed city, the fragmented city and the mutated city.
The volume addresses the importance of research on the complexity of today’s cities, cities that are transforming on various levels from local to global, while also shedding light on new models of urbanism discussed together with new decision-making actors.
Gülsün Sağlamer is a Professor of Architecture and the former Rector of Istanbul Technical University. She has also worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at Cambridge University and Visiting Professor at Queen’s University of Belfast, and as a Board Member of the European University Association. She has served as a member of the European Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters since 2011. The American Institute of Architects awarded her an Honorary Fellowship in 2006.
Meltem Aksoy is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Architecture at Istanbul Technical University, having received her PhD in 2001 from the same institution. Dr Aksoy’s research areas focus on computational design, generative systems, and information technologies and their effects on architectural design theory, practice and education.
Fatma Erkök is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Architecture at Istanbul Technical University, where she received her Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD degrees. Her research focuses on doctoral education in architecture, water-city relationships and transformations, and body-space relationships in architecture.
Nurbin Paker is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Architecture at Istanbul Technical University, having received her PhD in 2002 from the same institution. Her research interests focus on architectural and urban design and creativity in design education. She has also undertaken various architectural design projects and received architectural design awards.
Pelin Dursun Çebi studied Architecture at Istanbul Technical University, and received her MArch degree in 1995 and PhD degree in 2002. She served as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Newcastle, UK, in 1995, and her research interests focus on architectural design, design education, body space relationships, spatial choreography, architectural morphology, and space syntax.
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