Reviving Famagusta; From Ghost Town to Eco-city?

Dr. Ceren Bogac’s presentation at ’02:37:38

It was very emotional for me to meet with all those Famagusta refugees, tell them my personal narrative regarding our home town, sharing our experiences and hoping for a solution. I like to thank for all those beautiful people for their kind words who spend time with me after my presentation.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Date Friday, 21 February 2014
Venue Shaw Library, Old Building, LSE
Time 14.00-18.45
Chairs Professor  Kevin Featherstone, Eleftherios Venizelos Professor of Contemporary Greek Studies & Professor of European Politics; Director, Hellenic Observatory, LSEDr Rebecca Bryant,   A.N. Hadjiyiannis Senior Research Fellow, Hellenic Observatory, LSE

A half-day conference organised by the Hellenic Observatory and Contemporary Turkish Studies, LSE

Foreword

Reviving-Famagusta-Conference-PosterOn 21 February 2014 the Hellenic Observatory attracted much local interest in its half-day conference, ‘Reviving Famagusta: From Ghost Town to Eco-City?’ There was an overflow crowd eager to learn about recent projects and plans for the future of the ghost town of Varosha and the entire Famagusta area. With the island’s division in 1974, approximately 35,000 Greek Cypriots fled from the Famagusta area, and the town of Varosha was surrounded by barbed wire and occupied by Turkish troops. Recently, however, Turkish Cypriots living in Famagusta have joined with displaced Greek Cypriots to demand the opening of Varosha under UN supervision, the return of property to its legal owners, the opening of Famagusta port under EU supervision, and the listing of the walled city as a UNESCO heritage site. Moreover, numerous bi-communal projects have begun to plan for the revival of the city. The conference brought together Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots involved in these initiatives with academics working on eco-cities and divided cities to discuss how we might imagine a reunited and revitalised Famagusta.

Rebecca Bryant

Dr Rebecca Bryant,   A.N. Hadjiyiannis Senior Research Fellow, Hellenic Observatory

Session 1: Envisioning the Future

Lordos

George C. Lordos, Economist and Businessman; Member of the Famagusta Initiative and the Famagusta Eco-city Project

Matsis

Symeon Matsis, Economist; Member of the Famagusta Initiative

Constantinides

Glafkos Constantinides, Sociologist, Economist and Urban Planner, MRTPI

Topcan

Layık Topcan Mesutoğlu, Town Planner

Cowley

Robert Cowley, Visiting Lecturer, Department of Politics and International Relations, Westminster University

Panel 1

Panel 1 during the Q&A session

Audience

Audience during the Q&A session

Session 2: Planning for a Bi-Communal Famagusta

Bogac

Dr Ceren Boğaç, Assistant Professor, Eastern Mediterranean University; Architect; Environmental Psychologist; Famagusta Ecocity Project

Ongun

Mustafa Öngün, PhD Candidate, Centre for Contemporary Aristotelian Studies in Ethics and Politics (CASEP), London Metropolitan University

Christodoulou

Nektarios Christodoulou, University of Cyprus PhD Grant Holder

Pullan

Dr Wendy Pullan, Head of Research and Director, Martin Centre for Architectural and Urban Studies, Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge

Audience 2

Audience during the Q&A session

Conclusions

Closing Remarks and Q&A session

» Source LSE European Institute

Click to Download Conference Booklet

Famagusta Conference Booklet Final

From the press

»Source: Cyprus News Agency

‘Reviving Famagusta’ at the LSE
CNA – UK/London 22/2/2014 19:16

Ideas and proposals on reviving Famagusta as well as an evaluation of the challenges and the social repercussions of such an endeavour were discussed during a conference organised at the London School of Economics on Friday afternoon by the university`s Hellenic Observatory and the Contemporary Turkish Studies department.

The conference, entitled ‘Reviving Famagusta: From Ghost Town to Eco-city?’ initially examined the technical aspect of the idea, in terms of planning and also with regard to the proposal to redevelop Famagusta as an eco-city. As the coordinator of the conference, Dr Rebecca Bryant of the Hellenic Observatory said in her introduction, the idea for the timely conference came from a recent poll among Turkish Cypriots conducted by the Famagusta Initiative which showed that 73% of them were supporting the return of the town to its lawful inhabitants.

(CNA)

Advertisements

One response to “Reviving Famagusta; From Ghost Town to Eco-city?

  1. That is really fascinating, You’re a very professional blogger.
    I have joined your rss feed and stay up for in quest
    of extra of your fantastic post. Also, I
    have shared your web site in my social networks

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s