BZU, Istanbul Technical University discuss Ottoman and Turkish architecture in joint seminar

The Department of Architectural Engineering at Birzeit University, and the Faculty of Architecture at Istanbul Technical University organized an international seminar and workshop on Ottoman Architecture, Istanbul urban space, and the modern trends in Turkish contemporary and landscape architecture.

Fifteen students from Birzeit University took part in the seminar, which was coordinated by Professor of Architecture at Birzeit University Shadi Ghadban, and Professor Fatma Baskaya from Istanbul Technical University.

The workshop programme consisted of a series of lectures, discussing the topics of Ottoman Istanbul, Turkish planning history, urban historic sites and visualization practices, urban forms and components in the historical peninsula of Istanbul, the hidden traces of the green in Istanbul, landscape democracy, and Palestine as a land of conquest and surveillance.

The workshop ended with  a one-day joint studio, as Turkish and Palestinian students worked together, studying the problems of revealing the cultural landscape.

Both parties discussed prospects for developing and strengthening ties between Birzeit University and ITU.