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.

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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


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


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


Symeon Matsis, Economist; Member of the Famagusta Initiative


Glafkos Constantinides, Sociologist, Economist and Urban Planner, MRTPI


Layık Topcan Mesutoğlu, Town Planner


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

Panel 1

Panel 1 during the Q&A session


Audience during the Q&A session

Session 2: Planning for a Bi-Communal Famagusta


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


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


Nektarios Christodoulou, University of Cyprus PhD Grant Holder


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


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.



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