Ender Peker: Exploring Climate Responsive Urban Design through the Case of Mardin


A BIAA Lecture by Dr. Ender Peker (BIAA post-doctoral Fellow 2016-7)

URBAN HERITAGE SITE as an OPEN LAB: Exploring Climate Responsive Urban Design through the Case of Mardin

Discussant: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Anlı Ataöv (Dept. of City & Regional Planning (METU)

14 December 2016 19:00 to 20:30

Venue: Çankaya Belediyesi Çağdaş Sanatlar Merkezi- Kennedy Cad. No: 4 Kavaklıdere / Ankara

Urban heritage sites stand as open laboratories which enable us to understand how the physical organization of urban built environment could be formulated in coherence with local lifestyles while providing thermally comfortable urban living environments. A comparative study between the Old and New Towns in the province of Mardin, gives an opportunity to explore the clues (socio-physical markers) of an efficient use of natural assets and smart strategies to prevent negative conditions of extreme climate conditions in urban life. The comparison includes socio-ecological factors that shape residents’ (in)ability to manage thermal comfort levels – a key indicator of climate-responsive design – within the home and in the wider urban environment (e.g. streetscape). This talk will open a discussion on how to learn from heritage and reflect to future development via creating a change/breaking in the current robust urban development trends and tools in Turkey.

Dr Ender Peker is an urbanist specialising in climate responsive urban design, in particular the ways in which the built environment is co-produced by technical rules, regulations and codes that seek to order urban life in deference to inhabitants’ socio-ecologic values. He holds a PhD from University of Reading, UK. He is working as a post-doctoral research fellow at BIAA and his current research focuses on challenges of climate responsive urban development in the context of Black Sea Climate.


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