Wednesday, 11 December 2013


D O C O M O M O_TR IX 9th National Meeting of DOCOMOMO-Turkey (DOcumentation and COnservation of Buildings, Sites and Neighborhoods of the Modern MOvement), took place in Antalya Akdeniz University, 6-8 December 2013. For the third time, we (Devrim Yücel Besim, Hacer Başarır) have presented two posters. Below is the Turkish explanation of the event. DOCOMOMO_Türkiye Çalışma Grubu’nun “Türkiye Mimarlığında Modernizmin Yerel Açılımları” konulu etkinlikler dizisinin dokuzuncusu, 6-8 Aralık 2013 tarihlerinde Akdeniz Üniversitesi Mimarlık Bölümü’nün ev sahipliğinde Antalya’da düzenlendi. Bu etkinliğe Yrd.Doç.Dr.Devrim Yücel Besim'le birlikte hazırladığımız 2 sunumla katıldık; 1. Dome Otel, Girne, Kuzey Kıbrıs 2. Saray Otel, Lefkoşa, Kuzey Kıbrıs Yoğun geçen iki günlük sunumların ardından etkinlik Antalya'daki Modern Dönem mimarlik ürünlerini kapsayan bir teknik gezi ile sonlandırıldı.

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Paper published in 'Kadın/Woman 2000, Journal for Women's Studies'

Journal for Women's Studies Special Issue: Women in Space Cilt/Volume 14 Sayı/Issue 1 Haziran/June 2013 Quest Editor: Türkan Ulusu Uraz
An Analysis on Workspaces of Turkish Cypriot Women Artists by Devrim Yücel Besim, Cyprus International University* & Hacer Başarır, Eastern Mediterranean University* Abstract This paper overviews a selection of Turkish Cypriot woman artists and their workspaces. The paper comparatively analyses them in many ways and searches for the tangible and intangible qualities of the workspaces. The analysis includes the relationships with respect to their woman identity, occupations, age, the produced works of art and the techniques they prefer to use. All of the selected artists are recognized in national and international art platforms. The selection process of Turkish Cypriot woman artists initiated with an interior design studio project and continued with snowball effect during the semi-structured interviews. Based on this original data, the paper aims to shed some light on the relationship between the woman artists’, the artworks, and the spaces in which they are being produced. Key words: woman, space, workspace/atelier, interior design, art, artwork, Cypriot artists, North Cyprus.

Monday, 2 January 2012

Historic Famagusta: A Millennium in Words and Images

Date: October 4, 2012 - 09:00 - October 6, 2012 - 18:35
Building: Nador u. 9, Faculty Tower
Event type: Conference
Event audience: Open to the Public

Historic Famagusta: A Millennium in Words and Images
The Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies (CEMS) at Central European University in Budapest and The School of Art, Design and Media (ADM) at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, is pleased to announce Historic Famagusta: A Millennium in Words and Images, a conference held on October 4-6, 2012 at Central European University, Budapest.

From as early as the tenth century a surprisingly large number of travel accounts, histories, poems, fiction narratives, theatre plays, administrative accounts as well as maps, prints and miniatures about Famagusta have come down to us. These texts and images can be found all over Europe and the Near East from the pens and brushes of Christian, Muslim and Jewish authors and artists. The recent resurgence of scholarly interest in pre-1960 Cyprus calls for studies and academic discussions on this vast corpus.

The aim of the conference is to create a platform for historians, art historians, and literary critics to share their studies on textual and visual representations of Famagusta between 1000 CE and 1960. By investigating medieval, early modern and modern Famagusta in text and images, the conference will serve as an opportunity for an interdisciplinary dialogue among the participants, with the hope of broadening perspectives on Famagusta’s cultural and material legacy.

Specific, thematically aligned papers will also be selected for an edited book of the same name.

List of Presenters and Papers
The titles below have been organised in a rough chronological way and are not arranged in the order in which they will appear in the conference.

Pierre-Vincent Claverie – Bishop Stephen I of Famagusta and his time (1244-1259).

Phillipe Trelat – Nicosia & Famagusta: Two capitals for one kingdom?

David Jacoby – Refugees from Acre in Famagusta around 1300

Nicholas Coureas – Artisans and craftsmen in Famagusta in the notarial deeds of Lamberto di Sambuceto and Giovanni da Rocha, 1296-1310

Marianne Sághy – Piety, politics and propaganda: Philippe de Mézières in Cyprus

Margit Mersch – Donors and politics after 1291: The development of hybrid ecclesiastical architecture in 14th century Famagusta

Michele Bacci – Identity markers in the art of 14th and 15th century Famagusta

Ulrike Ritzerfeld – Keeping the Holy Land in view: The Carmelite church in Famagusta and its decoration

Maria Paschalis – Assimilation in Famagusta: the evidence from the mural decoration at the churches of the Latin regular clergy

Thomas Kaffenberger – Harmonizing the sources: Textual, pictorial and material evidence contributing to a new insight into the construction history and original appearance of the orthodox Episcopal churches of Hagios Georgios and Hagios Epiphanios.

Ege Uluca Tumer – An unknown town gate and a church in Famagusta, Santa Maria de la Cava and Porta di Cava, in the historic texts from the 14th to the 16th centuries

Luca Zavagno – The lost origins of Famagusta: The churches of the Greek quarter.

Michel Balard – Les Soudoyers de Famagouste Genoise au XVe Siècle

Gianni Perbellini – Famagusta: The two wooden models in the Maritime Museum in the Arsenal of Venice

Benjamin Arbel – Famagusta as a centre of regional trade during the Venetian period

Allan Langdale – The image of empire: Stephano Gibellino’s print of the siege of Famagusta, 1571

Marios Hadjianastasis – Ladders, petards and responsibility: retracing the failed Tuscan attempt at capturing Famagusta, 1607 – 2012.

Will Spates – Orientalizing Famagusta on the English stage, 1573-1628

Tamás Kiss – The siege of Famagusta and its influence on Selim II's public image.

Vera Constantini – The city of Famagusta in early Ottoman sources

Michael Walsh – Cornelis de Bruyn’s copperplate and his fear of ‘turning Turks’ in seventeenth century Famagusta

Mehmet Tütüncü – Two Dutch travellers’ accounts of Famagusta in the 17th Century

Ünver Rüstem – Imports from Istanbul: Ottoman exiles to Famagusta and their tombs

Yurdal Cihangir – Famagusta in Namik Kemal’s letters and writings during his exile.

Lucie Bonato – The French rediscover Famagusta (1878-1912)

Andrekos Varnava – Famagusta during the Great War: From backwater to bustling

Jan Asmussen – Bertram John Weston and the creation of Cypriots

Danny Goldman – Famagusta 1946-49: Refugee camps and confiscated ships

Gül İnanç – William Dreghorn’s vision of Famagusta.

Zehra Cağnan – ‘A silent witness’: Seismic activity and the structural integrity of Saint Nicholas Cathedral Famagusta, Cyprus.

Werner Schmidt & Dan Frodsham – Saving the martyrs: The conservation of the Forty Martyrs of Sebaste in the church of Ss. Peter & Paul.

Hacer Başarır – The Kertikli Hamam: An historic building in danger

Hülya Yüceer – Recent preservation initiatives for the fortification walls of Famagusta by UNDP-PFF

Anthony Hyland – Urbs Famosa et Augusta: The mediaeval walled city of Famagustas claim to World Heritage Status

Carlos Jaramillo – Famagusta: A nomination strategy for World Heritage Status

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Gazimağusa Belediye Binası Docomomo Türkiye

Gazimağusa Belediye Binası (Famagusta Municipality Hall), an important building in the Modern history of Cyprus, was presented by myself (the poster designed with Devrim Yücel Besim) in the recent Docomomo Türkiye event in the University of Mersin.
The building is especially important, as according to our research, it is one of the first implemented buildings which is a product of an architectural competition in the Modern history of Cyprus. Below is the information related to the event (in Turkish).

Modernizmin Yerel Açılımları - VII. Modern Mimari Proje Sunumları ve Sergisi’ nde Kuzey Kıbrıs’ tan Modern yapılar da vardı.

Dr. Devrim Yücel Besim, Dr. Hacer Başarır (Doğu Akdeniz Üniversitesi, İç Mimarlık Bölümü Öğretim Üyesi) ve Yük. Müh. Mimar Ayer Kaşif, 16-18 Aralık 2011 tarihlerinde Mersin Üniversitesi’ nde düzenlenen VII. Proje Sunum ve Sergisi’ nde yer aldılar.

Kuzey Kıbrıs’ taki modern mimari örneklerin ele alındığı üç poster yaklaşık 70 farklı proje ile birlikte sergilendi. Sunulan ilk iki bildiri Kuzey Kıbrıs’ tan önemli yönetim yapıları olan Lefkoşa’ daki Meclis Binası ve Gazimağusa’daki Belediye binasıydı. Konut türlerine örnek olarak ise Kaşif apartmanı projesi, iç mimar Mücessem Öder tarafından sunuldu.
DOCOMOMO (DOcumentation and COnservation of Buildings, Sites and Neighborhoods of the MOdern MOvement) Türkiye çalışma grubunun organize ettiği ve her yıl tekrarlanan etkinliklerde, erken 20. yüzyıldan yaklaşık 1970’lere kadar devam eden süreçte üretilmiş olan modern mimarlık örnekleri görsel ve yazılı belgelerle tanıtılmaktadır. Kurumun asıl amacı, Modern mimarlığının bugüne kadar belgelenememiş olan örneklerine, özellikle de Ankara, İstanbul ve İzmir gibi büyük kentler dışındaki üretime dikkat çekmesi ve oluşacak yeni bakış açılarıyla dönem mimarlığının yeniden yorumlanacağı bir tartışma ortamı yaratılmasıdır.
Geçen yıl Eskişehir’ de düzenlenen etkinlikte yine Dr. Devrim Yücel Besim, Dr. Hacer Başarır ve Yük. Müh. Mimar Ayer Kaşif, Kuzey Kıbrıs’ ı temsilen Atatürk Kültür Merkezi ve Çıkartma Anıtı projeleriyle yer almışlardı.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

A presentation on 'Protecting Historic Famagusta, Cyprus'

Dr. Michael J. K. Walsh, (an art historian at Eastern Mediterranean University in Famagusta for nearly a decade,currently teaches at Nanyang Technologoical University in Singapore) is going to give a presentation on the Historic Famagusta in New York on Friday January 6, 2012 (Organised by the WMF).

'Located along the busy shipping lanes of the eastern Mediterranean, the Cypriot port of Famagusta rose to prominence following the fall of Acre in 1291, and rivaled Constantinople and Venice as a center of maritime commerce. In the centuries that followed, Famagusta was ruled by a succession of conquerors including French, Greek, Genoese, Venetian, Ottoman, and British, creating an astonishingly varied artistic and architectural legacy. The Historic Walled City of Famagusta was included on the 2008 and 2010 World Monuments Watch, drawing attention to the beauty and significance of the famed city and the critical conservation and maintenance needs to protect the historic structures. In 2008, WMF conducted assessments of key structures in Famagusta and convened a roundtable to better understand conservation efforts undertaken in the recent past, and conservation challenges to be tackled immediately before important resources are lost. WMF supported a condition assessment of murals in six fourteenth-century churches in Famagusta and is currently organizing a conservation program for summer 2012.'

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

KONUT KURULTAYI III - “Kıbrıs’ta Konut: Planlama, Tasarım ve Uygulama”

KONUT KURULTAYI III - “Kıbrıs’ta Konut: Planlama, Tasarım ve Uygulama”
09-10 Mart 2012, Atatürk Kültür Merkezi, Lefkoşa, Kuzey Kıbrıs
Konut ve yaşama alanları, mimarlık ve planlamanın en temel ilgi alanı ve bütün tasarım ölçeklerinin ortak paydasıdır. Belki, tam da bu nedenle konutun sorgulanması hiç bitmez ve konut çoğu kez bir ‘sorun’dur; yapma çevre ile ilgili her sorun gibi planlama, tasarım ve uygulama üçlüsü ile ilişkilendirilerek tartışılır. Plancılar, mimarlar, tasarımcıların yanısıra diğer meslek gruplarının, hukukçular, uygulamacılar ve politikacıların, planlama, mimarlık ve tasarım dışında farklı bilgi alanlarının (ekoloji, sosyoloji, psikoloji vbg.) ve tüm bu alanlarda çalışan araştırmacıların yolu hep ‘konut’la kesişir.
Doğu Akdeniz Üniversitesi (DAÜ) Mimarlık Fakültesi, Konut Eğitim Araştırma Danışmanlık Merkezi (HERA-C) ve KTMMOB Mimarlar Odası tarafından düzenlenecek olan III. Konut Kurultayı, “Kıbrıs’ta Konut: Planlama, Tasarım ve Uygulama” anatemasıyla, 09-10 Mart 2012 tarihlerinde, Kuzey Kıbrıs Türk Cumhuriyeti’nde, Lefkoşa Atatürk Kültür Merkezi’nde gerçekleştirilecektir.

Konut Kurultayı’nın alt başlıkları:

1-Kentleşme, Göç, Mobilite ve Konut Politikaları,
2-Konut Alanları Planlaması: Değişim, Dönüşüm ve Sürdürülebilirlik,
3-Konut Mimarisi ve Tasarımı: Kullanıcı / İmaj-anlam-beğeni / Estetikleşme / Tasarımda geri besleme / Bilgisayar kullanımı,
4-Konut ve Toplusal Çevre,
5-Konut ve Ekolojik Çevre,
6-Konut ve Teknolojik / Ekonomik Erişebilirlik,
7-Değişen Hane Halkı Yapısı ve Konut Piyasası,
8-Konut Stoğu: Üretim ve Pazarlama / Kır-Kent / Planlı-Plansız / Tek-Toplu Konut / Tip Konut-Konut Tipolojileri / Geneleksel, Yöresel-Modern Konut / Yeni-Yenileşmiş Konut / Geçici Konut-İkinci Konut / Herkes için Konut.

Kurultaya, Türkiye’den konut konusunda uzmanlar – Prof.Dr. Ahsen Özsoy, Prof.Dr. Ali Cengizkan, Prof.Dr. Hülya Turgut, Prof.Dr. Şengül Öymen Gür, davetli konuşmacı olarak katılacaklardır.

Kurultay hakkında daha fazla bilgi için web adresine erişebilir veya elektronik posta adresine yazabilirsiniz.

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Old City of Dubrovnik: the city walls

The walled city of Dubrovnik, a listed World Heritage Site of UNESCO since 1979 and extended in 1994 after the restoration works carried out following the war.
The city of Dubrovnik is a significant case for my research especially because it can illustrate problems of heritage conservation in conflicting nationalisms and the power of heritage in national identity building. Moreover this city can showcase the effectiveness of the World Heritage Convention.