Hollanda Araştırma Enstitüsü  -  Nederlands Instituut in Turkije

NIT Urban Heritage Lab: Water Heritage for Sustainable Cities Course

NIT, in collaboration with Middle East Technical University (METU), Radboud University, LDE Centre for Global Heritage and Development and the Netherlands Consulate-General in Istanbul, is pleased to offer in the autumn of 2022 a course that addresses past experiences and current and future challenges of urban water supply. Apply by 5 September 2022!

After the successful 2021 UHL course on Industrial Heritage, the Netherlands Institute in Turkey is pleased to offer in the autumn of 2022 a course that addresses past experiences and current and future challenges of urban water supply. With a focus on Istanbul’s water heritage, the course explores how water heritage can act as a driver for sustainable development and raise awareness of contemporary water issues worldwide.

The course is open to 25 graduate students and recent graduates (any discipline) from higher education institutions in the Netherlands and Turkey. Junior professionals and policy makers are also encouraged to apply. Students and recent graduates not affiliated with Dutch or Turkish institutions can apply but will only be admitted if there are places available. The course is planned to take place partly online, partly on-site in Istanbul. The language of instruction is English.

The detailed information about the course is available in the Information Kit.

The deadline for applications is 5 September 2022, Monday. You can find the application form here.

If you have any queries, please contact Dr. Aysel Arslan.


Series Programme

Week   Date Topic Speakers Event Link
Week 1 23.09.2022 Water Heritage: Definition and Scope Gerdy Verschuure-Stuip (TU Delft)
Mariette Verhoeven (Radboud University/Embassy Science Fellow)
Closed Session
Week 2 30.09.2022 Water Issues in Netherlands and Turkey Doğanay Tolunay (Istanbul University Cerrahpaşa), Gerdy Verschuure-Stuip (TU Delft) Click here
Week 3 07.10.2022 Port Cities in the Netherlands and Turkey Namık Erkal (TED University), Hilde Sennema (TU Delft) Click here
Week 4 14.10.2022 Urban Water Supply in Historic Istanbul: The Aqueducts of Istanbul Celal Kolay (Istanbul Technical University), Jim Crow (The University of Edinburgh) Click here
Week 5 Field Trip
Week 6 28.10.2022 Visualizing the Valens Aqueduct in Early Modern Istanbul Fatma Sarıkaya Işık
Pelin Yoncacı Arslan (METU)


Week 7 04.11.2022 MVRDV’s The Hague Canals Project Jan Knikker (MVRDV)  
Week 8 11.11.2022 Water Heritage of Istanbul Gülsün Tanyeli (Istanbul Technical University)  
Week 9 18.11.2022 Source of Life: Water Management in the Premodern Middle East Maaike van Berkel (Radboud University)  
Week 10 25.11.2022 Historic Water Systems in Gaziantep: Kastel and Livas Meltem Uçar (Mersin University)  
Week 11 02.12.2022 Closing Session: Future of Water Heritage (Tentative Title) TBC  
Week 12 09.12.2022 Study Group Meetings   Closed Session
Week 13 16.12.2022 Final Project Presentations