The Urban Age Istanbul Conference gathered over 400 people together to explore the vast and complex challenge of contemporary city making and the interconnected issues of the impact of the global economic condition on world cities, the effect of climate change on urban sustainability and the role of urban design in creating socially cohesive environments. Innovators of urban change, city mayors, scholars and authors side-by-side with architects and developers leading major urban regeneration projects around the globe offered presentations about urban transformations and policies, urban pasts and futures.
Sarkis' presentation looks at cities of the Mediterranean and what is it has architects that attracts us to Istanbul? Mediterranean as an urban ideal and Istanbul has an example of this ideal. Four conceptions of the Mediterranean are discussed; firstly Mediterranean as a unifying geography over time, Mediterranean as a cluster of complementary micro-regions, Mediterranean as opposite but interactive shores and finally the Mediterranean as an endangered ecology.
The video, produced by LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science, can be viewed here.
Source: LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science