Hollanda Araştırma Enstitüsü  -  Nederlands Instituut in Turkije

15 Nov 09:45

Symposium Repurposing the Built Environment: Intersections of Design, Sustainability and Livability

15 Nov 09:45 - 17:30

Mini-conference organized by the Netherlands Institute in Turkey, in collaboration with the Netherlands Consulate-General in Istanbul

November 15, 2018

Repurposing the buildings and urban complexes that have lost their original function – from individual buildings such as workplaces, schools or churches to former factories and complete harbour fronts – has gained popularity in recent decades in cities around the world. How to restore and give sustainable new functions to defunct built environment constitutes one of the pivotal aspects of the public debate on contemporary urban experience. In this one-day conference, we would like to explore the theoretical and practical aspects of repurposing through discussions regarding project examples, design proposals, and urban policies from Turkey and the Netherlands.

You may download the program here.



Alexis Şanal (Bomontiada public realm architect and creative board member, SANALarc): “Bomontiada: An Iterative Public Realm Approach to Enable Living Culture”

Aslıhan Şenel (department of architecture, ITU): “Collective Imaginations”

Bahar Yalçın (deputy mayor, Kadıköy Municipality): “Repurposing Projects by Kadıköy Municipality of Istanbul: Strategies, Challenges and Solutions”

Jan de Jong (senior policy advisor, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science of the Netherlands): “Heritage Policy, Financing Redevelopment and Sustainability”

Jorien Cousijn (TU Delft): “The Contemporary Khan: A Network of Employment Hubs in Istanbul”

İrem Sezer (museum professional, UvA): “Post-industrial Sites as Art Museums: Istanbul Modern and De Pont Museum”

Olcay Aydemir (restoration specialist, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey): "Restoration and New Uses: Examples of Sustainable Restoration"

Teun van den Ende (urbanist, Office of the Chief Government Architect in the Netherlands): “Making Heritage - Establishing Meanings through Participatory Methods”

Wessel de Jonge (department of architectural engineering and technology, TU Delft)

Yaşar Adnan Adanalı (urbanist, Center for Spatial Justice/ Mekanda Adalet Derneği): “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Repurposing: Cases of ‘Creative Destruction’ from Turkey”


Registration is required for this event. For more information and making a reservation, please send an email to u.sozen@nit-istanbul.org

Image above: Bilgi University SantralIstanbul, a former electricity factory. Source: www.arkitera.com/galeri/detay/150407/8/Proje/4242 

Image below: ROC School Hengelo, in a former factory. Source: www.tib-luchtenmilieutechniek.nl/projecten/kantoor-hazemeijer-roc-hengelo/