Venue: Istanbul Technical Unversity( ITU)-Istanbul Bahcesehir University(IBU)

Location: Istanbul, -, Turkey

Event Date/Time: Oct 12, 2009 End Date/Time: Oct 16, 2009
Registration Date: Sep 04, 2009
Early Registration Date: Jun 01, 2009
Abstract Submission Date: Jan 09, 2009
Paper Submission Date: Jun 15, 2009
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CALL FOR PAPERS International Symposium

JOINTLY ORGANIZED BY IAPS-CSBE ‘Culture & Space in the Built Environment Network’ and the IAPS - HOUSING Network

REVITALISING BUILT ENVIRONMENTS: Requalifying Old Places for New Uses
Istanbul - TURKEY 12-16 October 2009

The organising committee of the International Symposium on ‘Revitalising Built Environments: Requalifying Old Places For New Uses’ is pleased to announce that the symposium will be held in Istanbul 12 – 16 October 2009. This symposium is the 4th of a series of international symposia organized by the IAPS -International Association of People-Environment Studies- Network on “Culture and Space in the Built Environment”, with the objective of bringing together participants from various 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 Millenium: Defining Principles and Professional Practice’, in Amasya in 2001, and ‘Social Change and Spatial Transformation in Housing Environments’ in Istanbul in 2005. The IAPS Housing Network has also organized four international symposia since 1989 in the United Kingdom, Poland and Sweden. 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 these tradition.
Symposium theme
Significant investments of monetary resources and professional expertise during the last three decades in many countries have led to numerous projects and programmes concerning urban regeneration, housing renovation, and the revitalization of old neighborhoods. Some of these investments have led to problematic unintended consequences whereas others have been considered successes. The common approach used in recent years has been based largely on quantifiable criteria related to the functional and physical performance of buildings, the financial return of monetary investments, and projections about demographic and economic trends; it has been rare to explicitly integrate the aspirations, preferences and values of local residents living in or adjacent to many projects. The key question today is how can future projects define a comprehensive programme of work if they continue to ignore the point of view of the local population? Instead of relying heavily on technical solutions by professionals, both quantitative and qualitative approaches are necessary which would involve a wide range of actors from the public and private sectors including citizens. The economic, functional and physical lifespan of buildings should be reconsidered in relation to the diversity of meanings, including the contested meanings of some projects which reflect the diverse values that different groups of the population attribute to the built environment before renovation works are defined. The two IAPS Networks organizing this symposium have accumulated considerable scientific knowledge which can be integrated with professional know-how in order to deal effectively with the challenge of requalifying the existing built environment. In contrast to terms such as urban regeneration, housing rehabilitation, upgrading and retrofit, the term requalifying is used as a verb to underline the multi-actor process, the multiple criteria and the meanings and values used during the reconfiguration of existing buildings and public spaces in urban areas in order to improve the quality of life of residents. Authors are invited to submit papers that consider key theoretical and methodological issues, post-occupancy evaluations, or present case studies that illustrate specific principles and methods as well as examples of best practice, in relation to:
• Residential buildings in the public and private sectors
• Private industrial and commercial buildings
• Public spaces and landmarks in urban and rural localities
• Industrial sites, derelict lands (brown fields) and green spaces
Symposium structure
This international symposium is organized to encourage the participation of scholars and practitioners from different disciplines and areas including architecture, urban design, planning, psychology, sociology and anthropology, and from a range of countries and cultures.
Contributions will be accepted in the following categories:
• Paper presentations: at the heart of the symposium will be paper presentations by researchers drawing on applied and theoretical research. Papers from both academia and practice will be considered for inclusion.
• Posters: describing contributions and the latest results of scientific work from theoretical and research work (especially PhD-researchers) best practice, qualitative case studies, etc.
• Symposia: representatives from various organizations involved in revitalizing urban development initiatives including: the private sector, commercial business, official agencies, municipalities, NGOs, schools, universities, and other institutions etc. are invited to organize symposia that will give a platform for in-depth discussion. They will be based on
• Invited Symposia (invited by the Organizing Committee )
• Proposed Symposia (proposals of participants)
Scientific Committee
Cengiz Bektas, Chamber of Architects of Turkey, Member of Executive Board
Henny Coolen, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Carole Després, University of Laval, Canada
Nilgün Ergun, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey
Ozen Eyuce, Istanbul Bahcesehir University, Turkey
Peter Herrle, Habitat Unit, Berlin University of Technology, Germany
Rolf Johansson, Built Environment Analysis, Infrastructure and Planning, KTH, Sweden

Sigrun Kabisch, Helmholtz- Centre for Environmental Research, Germany
Peter Kellett, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Roderick Lawrence, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Julia W. Robinson, University of Minnesota, USA
Ashraf M. Salama, Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
Dina Shehayeb, Housing and Building National Research Center, Egypt
Hulya Turgut Yildiz, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul Bahcesehir University, Turkey
Handan Turkoglu, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey
Alper Unlu, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey
Additional members are pending

Advisory Committee
Aleya Abdel-Hadi, IAPS board member, Network Coordinator
Ahmet Eyuce, IBU Faculty of Architecture and Design, Dean
Zekai Gorgulu, YTU Faculty of Architecture, Dean
Orhan Hacihasanoglu, ITU Faculty of Architecture, Dean
Ombretta Romice, IAPS board member, IAPS president
Bulend Tuna, Chamber of Architects of Turkey, President
Nicholas Wilkinson, Eastern Mediterranean University , TRNC
Additional members are pending

Organizing Committee

Steering committee
Roderick Lawrence, IAPS-Housing Network, co-ordinator
Hulya Turgut Yildiz, IAPS-CSBE Network, co-ordinator
Peter Kellett, IAPS-CSBE Network, co-ordinator


ITU:Taskısla, Taksim, Istanbul- IBU: Besiktas campus, Istanbul

Additional Information

Deadlines Call for Papers: 26 September 2008 Deadline for submission of abstracts of papers and posters(with biographical note ): 09 January 2009 Notification of accepted abstract and poster: 06 February 2009 Deadline for submission of full papers: 15 June 2009 Deadline for full paper review: 13 July 2009 Notification of accepted full papers: 20 July 2009 Deadline for registration: 04 September 2009 Deadline of revised papers: 19 September 2009 Symposium:12-16 October 2009