Sharing The Earth in The Age of Uncertainty


Global challenges faced by humanity—such as climatic change and more recently the pandemic situation—has twofold impacts. On the one hand, there is an increasing awareness that we share the earth as our common home, in which we all play the custodian roles, but also compete with one another for exploitation. On the other hand, we are facing an unprecedented degree of uncertainty which makes it difficult to establish a common platform of global knowledge and patterns of collaborations.

This conference addresses the above situations by challenging the current knowledge and practices in architecture as a broad field of understanding and creating places for humans to thrive. A new way of understanding the earth as our common ground while maintaining the local existence is necessary in order to deal with the variety and uncertainty of the situations. Each locality or other forms of small groups should be able to respond to this with agility and to be ready to engage in larger collaborative efforts. Local knowledge is for global contribution and vice versa. Humanities should deal with these multiple uncertainties in a number of ways, namely recharting the knowledge, technology, practice and education. The extent of knowledge may include paradigms, theories and concepts operating in different levels of abstractions yet closely interrelated. Technology is conceived in the broadest terms, being the sum of any techniques, skills, methods, and processes used in the production of architecture or in the accomplishment of certain objectives. The notion of practice encompasses diverse ways of making, from the mental acts of conceiving and designing to the physical acts of constructing, or even operating and maintaining architecture.

This wide-range theme in dealing with this challenges is developed into some topics which are relevant with Sustainable Development Goals being the common platform for global endeavour. The broadest topic to conceive is Sustainable Development which may include a number of interrelated issues. Re-defining the new concept of sustainability is essential to provide a more agile and flexible concept to deal with uncertainties, as well as a more comprehensive notion to include spiritual and cultural well being of the people. The disparity of access of resources and knowledge are also discussed as overcoming these ever-widening gaps is necessary to achieve the goals, being supported among aothers by advanced and appropriate technologies.

The second topic is Environmental Health being a serious issue to discuss as it directly faces the challenge of pandemic situation requiring a thorough re-consideration of architecture in many respects. This topic may encompasses the discussion on advanced-technology, the strategies devised in design and new way in undertsanding space and its associated functions to achieve such new standard of quality.

Among the fundamental resources that should be fairly shared and wisely managed on the earth is energy which include the way we improve the consumption and production of energy. Some exemplary cases of local strategies in dealing with energy can be promoted as global lessons. Wisely designed and managed, we may reverse the roles of building and built-environment from energy consumption to energy provision, which might be enhanced by applying passive strategy.

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He was born in 1948 in Cyprus-Nicosia. After completing his Basic Education in the same place, he graduated from TC Antakya High School in 1967. He completed his BA in 1973 and his MA in Architecture at METU in 1978, and his PhD at Ankara University in 1982. Associate Professor in 1984; He became a Professor in 1996.

He worked as a freelance architect between 1973-75. He served as a Mujahideen in the 1974 Cyprus Peace Operation and had the honor of being a veteran. He worked as an assistant at ADMMA between 1976-78, at Ankara University between 1978-82, and as Assistant at Gazi University, Department of Architecture in 1982. Assoc. started his job. Between 1984-94 as an Associate Professor in Saudi Arabia; After working as a Professor-Dean at Cyprus Eastern Mediterranean University between 1994-2003, he worked as a Professor at Gazi University between 2003-2006. He worked as the Dean of the EMU Faculty of Architecture between 2006-2010 and as the Rector’s Advisor at Istanbul Bilgi University in 2010-11. He is still working as the Dean of Fatih Sultan Mehmet Foundation University, Faculty of Architecture and Design.

In addition to education, he has administrative contributions to the university such as establishing a Department and Faculty in the field of Architecture, preparing a new Architectural Education Model, Head of the Department and Member of the Dean’s Senate, and he has studies, articles and papers on Architecture Theory and History. In addition to projects and applications, there are also project competition awards and jury memberships.

In addition to his services as a member of the TRNC Cultural Commission and various non-governmental organizations, he also served the society by serving as the TRNC’s Islamic Conference Organization and Saudi Arabian Honorary Representative between 1990-94. For his services to Turkish culture, he was given Honorary Membership of Atatürk Culture, Language and History High Institution – Atatürk Cultural Center.

  • Dean Faculty 06 ASL – Architecture, Urban Planning, Landscape Planning
  • Member of the Institute for Urban Development – The Institute for Urban Development was founded in 2009 at the University of Kassel and is anchored in the ASL department. The institute deals with strategies and proposals for the sustainable development of cities and regions from the point of view of the various disciplines related to urban planning. The urban renewal / urban redevelopment department is part of the institute.
  • Editor Planungsrundschau – The Planungsrundschau tries to close a gap in the spectrum of the existing book series in German-speaking countries by placing its special emphasis on the area of ​​planning theory.
  • Co-editor of the Yearbook Urban Renewal – Published by the Urban Renewal Working Group at German-speaking universities and the Institute for Urban and Regional Planning at the Technical University of Berlin
  • Member of the German Academy for Urban Development and Regional Planning (DASL) – The German Academy for Urban Development and Regional Planning is an association of experts who have distinguished themselves through special achievements in the fields of urban development and regional planning or the associated research and planning disciplines.
  • Member of SRL eV – Association for City, Regional and State Planning – The SRL is an association of people who are active in spatial planning and who are aware of their social responsibility associated with this activity.
  • Member of the CEU – Council for the European Urbanism – The CEU – Council for European Urbanism – sees itself as a forum for reforming urban planning in times of upheaval.
  • Member of Urbanism of European Dictatorships during the XXth Century Scientific Network (UEDXX) – UEDXX is a European network that supports research on urban planning in European dictatorships of the 20th century. The network serves the exchange, discussion and presentation of research results on this topic. Its members include over 100 researchers from over ten countries.
  • Examiner Oberprüfungsamt for the higher technical administrative service, specializing in urban development – The Oberprüfungsamt accepts the Grand State Examination as part of the administrative training in all classic technical areas, including in the specializing in urban planning. Among other things, the office develops the training and examination regulations on the basis of the more recent experiences in science and the needs of the member administrations and uses the expertise and professional experience of the examiners working in different administrations, universities or the private sector.

Professor Dr.-Ing. Marcus Hackel studied Architecture and Business Management in Germany, Singapore and the USA. His practice as architect led him from Germany to the Emirates, South-East Asia and China. With partners from Germany, Austria and China he established the Munich and Shanghai based Architecture and Urban Design office IBO Concept GmbH– Intercultural Building Organization.

His academic career started at the Berlin University of Technology as scientific assistant, where he got his PhD. Since 2009 he holds the professor chair of “Building Practice and Design” at the Wismar University of Applied Sciences Technology, Business and Design. He taught as Visiting Professor at Tianjin University in the PR China, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand and UNITEC Institute of Technology Auckland, New Zealand. Since 2014 he is Dean of Studies.

Matteo Motti, architect and urban planner, is interested in architectural, territorial and landscape design through a multi-scalar and multi-disciplinary approach. Recently he deepens and develops the themes of resilience and the systemic project linked to infrastructures in Europe.

Matteo Motti has been collaborating continuously with the Politecnico di Milano, since 2009, and with the OSA research group of K.U.Leuven, since 2011. he Alternates teaching, research, workshops and projects with both universities. Recently – March 2017 – he defended his doctoral thesis in Urban Planning Design and Policy (U.P.D.P.) obtaining the merit. The thesis entitled “Surplus Infrastructures” reveals the presence of wasted, abandoned and underused infrastructures in two city-territories in Europe. The research hypothesis is based on the interpretation of the territory as the result of a selective accumulation of traces (Corboz, 1983; Secchi, 2000) on the one hand, and as an emerging geography of waste (Berger 2007) deriving from urban dispersion and from economic failures on the other. The research question evaluates the possibility of considering this “surplus” as a critical mass capable of sustaining a metamorphosis consistent with the territory capable of facing contemporary crises.

In 2015 he is visiting scholar in Leuven and collaborates with the OSA research group, coordinated by Prof. Bruno De Meulder. In addition to coordinating an urban planning laboratory of the second-level master MaHS-MaUSP, on its own research topic, she has the opportunity to coordinate an intensive workshop whose results will be exhibited and published at the Rotterdam Biennial – IABR 2016 THE NEXT ECONOMY.

In the years prior to his doctorate, Matteo Motti conducted an intense design activity with the Privileggio-Secchi Architettura studio, winning a series of invitational competitions in Switzerland in close contact with local administrations. This relationship was consolidated thanks to three assignments for the urban planning and masterplan directives of three urban sectors in the Friborg agglomeration area: secteur Corberaye-Candolan-Chassotte in Givisez, Plateau d’Agy in Freiburg and secteur Tour Henry in Freiburg.

In 2013 he collaborated in a research of international interest coordinated by Prof. Cesare Macchi Cassia in collaboration with World Bank, Fondazione Politecnico and Sistematica S.R.L. The research project addresses the issue of the nature-culture relationship in economically depressed contexts, such as the territory of the Bryansk province. In 2012 he collaborates in a research of national interest coordinated by Prof. Bruno De Meulder to elaborate the strategic plan of Hoog Kortrijk, in close collaboration with Leiedal and the municipality of Kortrijk.

In 2011 Matteo Motti obtained a second level Master – Master in Human Settlement – at K.U.Leuven University with a thesis that addresses the condition of rapid development and growth in Hanoi (Vietnam). The thesis seeks alternative models of growth based on the assumptions of “Landscape Urbanism”.

My research area is Building Science for international cooperation. Today, most growing cities are located in the hot-humid regions. People in these regions are still relatively poorer, and thus they need to achieve affordability and low-carbon in building constructions at the same time. My main research focus is, therefore, on development of energy-saving and low-carbon techniques for affordable housing in the Global South. One of the current projects is so-called SATREPS (2020-2026) supported by JST and JICA, entitled “Development of low-carbon affordable apartments in the hot-humid climate of Indonesia towards Paris Agreement 2030”. We aim to develop affordable low-carbon building techniques and implement them as national standards in collaboration with the Indonesian counterparts.

Dr. Revianto Budi Santosa is an assistant professor at the Department of Architecture Universitas Islam Indonesia (UII) with a special interest in architecture history and theory as well as heritage conservation and cultural studies in general. His current research is on the history of Islamic heritage and Southeast Asian architecture.

He is a registered architect at the Indonesian Institute of Architects. He served as vice-chair of the Indonesian Association of School of Architecture (IASA – APTARI) for academic and curriculum development in 2013-2017.

He obtained his bachelor’s in Department of Architecture at Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta in 1991, master of architecture from the Department of Architecture McGill Univeristy Montréal, Canada in 1998, and doctorate in Department of Architecture Institut Teknologi Sepuluhnovember Surabaya in 2017.

Currently, he serves as Vive Dean for student, alumnae and religious affairs in Faculty of Civil Engineering and Planning UII. Previously he was the Director of Academic Affairs UII (2010-2013), Vice Dean for resource management in Faculty of Civil Engineering and Planning UII (2006-2010), and Head of the Department of Architecture UII (2001-2006).

In his public service, is currently the Head of Board of Cultural Affairs for Yogyakarta Special Territory, Head of Advisory Board of Heritage Conservation for the Municipality of Yogyakarta, and Head of Board of Heritage Experts for the Regency of Sleman.

Kurniawan obtained his ‘Sarjana Teknik’ (ST) Degree in Architecture from Universitas Indonesia in 1995, and finished his Ph.D degree from the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London (UCL) in 2005, where he previously also took a Master program (M.Sc) in Architectural History. His research interest is about socio-cultural history of Indonesian architecture and urbanism, in relation to the context of colonialism and postcolonialism. Besides this such research, he also carries out other research related to tradition and modernism, and participated in various International and National seminars/workshops on such topics. He is the author of ‘Postcolonial History of Architecture and Urbanism; Power and Space of Indonesian Tin Mining in Bangka Island’ (2011) and ‘The Hybrid Architecture of Colonial Tin Mining Town of Muntok’ (2013). Some of his articles were also published in accredited National and recognized International Journals.