In the interest of the well-being of all registered attendees, as well as all living beings around the world, ECODEMIA decided to convert all the sessions of the 2020 Conference to virtual events due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.
10:00-10:15, Opening Speech, Professor Dr. Senem Zeybekoglu, Conference Chair, Ecodemia
10:15-11:00, Keynote Speech, Towards Lightness and Freedom: Reimagining Architecture and Education, Professor David Gloster, Director Of Education, Royal Institute of British Architects
11:00-12:30, Session 1, Moderator: Professor David Gloster
12:30-13:30 Lunch Break
13:30-14:15 Keynote Speech: Unveiling Istanbul: Taksim Urban Design Competition for Prost’s espaces libres, Professor Dr. Ipek Akpinar, Izmir Institute of Technology
14:15-15:45 Session 2, Moderator: Professor Dr. Ipek Akpinar, Izmir Institute of Technology
16:00-17:30 Session 3 Moderator: Dr. Hossein SADRI, Professor, Girne American University, Lecturer, Coventry University
13:30-14:15 Keynote Speech: Reproducing Architecture and Urbanism in the Midst of a Pandemic Condition, Professor Dr. Ashraf Salama, Chair in Architecture, University of Strathclyde
14:15-15:45, Session 4: Moderator: Professor Dr. Ashraf Salama, University of Strathclyde
16:00-16:40 Keynote Speech: Transition Design: An Approach for Addressing Complex "wicked" Problems and Catalyzing Transitions Toward More Sustainable Long-Term Futures, Professor Terry Irwin, Director of Transition Design Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
Early Bird Fees (Until 15 July 2020)
Registration Fee (After 15 July 2020)
The proceedings of this conference including all the extended abstracts will be published as a printed book with an ISBN number, prior to the conference date.
Architecture and urbanism play a significant role in the production and reproduction of urbanization and the supremacy of the state and capital, which results in the current planetary crisis. Unveiling the interconnection of this crisis and architecture and urbanism is the first and the most significant step to finding out the ethical function of architecture and urbanism in the solution of this crisis.
Wars, deforestation, poverty, soil erosion, hunger, pollution, injustice, climate change, inequality, mass extinction of species, uncontrollable wildfires, and current epidemics - the ravages of our time - as well as mass migration have changed the 21st Century to a century of planetary crisis.
In addition to the ecological effects of this crisis, especially climate change and associated extremities which mostly preoccupy our attention, the social impacts of the current crisis are also major concerns. We are witnessing alarming inequalities that are unprecedented in history. While the richest 1% of the world population is holding almost 50% of the wealth of the planet, the majority of the rest is struggling with poverty, wars, autocratic regimes, racism, and famine. All these make the most excluded communities of the world more susceptible and vulnerable to the impacts of this crisis.
With all its different aspects from injustices to environmental disasters, this crisis is a result of a union of hegemonic forces between state and capital which are both products and byproducts of current urbanization and its consumerist life, centralized services and hegemonic control mechanisms over massive populations that largely reside in easily steerable dense areas. These characteristics eradicate human scale relations, and people’s will and control over their lives, their self-sufficiency and independence and builds consumer, dependent and vulnerable societies.
This conference aims to examine the different roles architecture and urbanism, as agencies of the current urbanization, have played in the emergence of the current planetary crisis and more importantly to explore the necessary shifts in the education and practice of architecture and urbanism which can lead to possible solutions to this crisis and promise a better world for all of its inhabitants.