The Famagusta Ecocity: A New Path for Peace in Cyprus

Thanks to all our authors, friends, supporters and everyone who believes in a united and sustainable future in the beautiful city of Famagusta- for this amazing book! We believe in this ecopolis which does not stand away- Together we stand, divided we fall 🌱 Preface “We stand at a critical moment in Earth’s history, a…

Emotions within Architecture (podcast)

Talking about the phenomenon of love is a difficult theme for each subject, not only for architecture. In this podcast, I wanted to develop a short account on love and place. »Soundcloud link

Avrupa’nın çözülmemiş en uzun çatışması / The longest unresolved conflict on the Europe

İtalyan minet-TV ile Avrupa kıtasında çözülmemiş en uzun çatışma ve en uzun süredir devam eden BM barış gücü misyonlarından biri haline gelen “Kıbrıs sorunu” üzerine konuştuk. Röportajda, adada sahip olduğumuz ortak mirası, Mağusa’nın güzelliklerini ve çalışmaktan ve dillendirmekten hiç vazgeçmeyeceğim kalıcı barış arzumu bir kez daha vurguladım. Yayın editörü Christine Helfer’e raporunda bana da yer…

Sustainability in the Island of Cyprus

I would like to thank Xanat Meza for featuring me in her “Report of Sustainability in the Island of Cyprus”! Thanks for covering the example of the Therapeutic Community Agia Skepi, a cultural garden which is created by Emily Markides, the inspiration behind the Famagusta Ecocity Project. Click for the Japanese version of the article…

Peace building with community: Participatory planning

Yesterday I was together with a group of International Relations and Global Politics students from the American University of Rome, who were in Cyprus for a study visit with their professors Irene Caratelli and Cecilia Sottilotta. I am happy to share the FamagustaEcocityProject‘s vision for an integrated and sustainable city, as well as our approach for…

Meeting with the Kettering Foundation

Today I had a very productive and inspiring meeting with Ramon E. Daubon and Randall Nielsen from Kettering Foundation, Janice Nielsen, and amazing Jessica Hench, from the International EcoPeace Community (ESTIA) and Ecocity Project.  We discusses about the concept of economic citizenship which encompasses the related notion of environmental citizenship. We talked about our common…

Divided cities in conflict- Urban peacebuilding

I am honoured to share my vision and experience about urban peacebuilding with a delegation of Palestinians and Israelis, who were leading figures from various fields, including urban planning and architecture, journalism and academia. We discussed our learning from the divided cities of Cyprus to inspire future solutions for Jerusalem. The project was developed by…

“Reunifying Cyprus: Hopes and fears, 44 years” France 24

Thanks to France 24 for giving us part in their report. Special thanks to Raphaëlle Vivent and Guillaume Chamerat ! We are honoured to be in this review as a Eco-city Project team, who are dedicated to build a peaceful and sustainable co-existence together in Cyprus. We would also like to thank to all our supporters…

Building a peaceful co-existince together

How can we empower the voice of the people for the unification of Cyprus? How can we show two communities that unlike the “deadlock”, something different, something sustainable can be done in this island? We talked about our inspirations, strategies and will to build a peaceful co-existince together in Cyprus with Raphaelle Vivent from news…

Review on Cypriot Cities on EL PAIS

Interesting review on Cypriot cities, especially with a special focus on Famagusta and Eastern Mediterranean University through the narrative of our respectful rector Prof. Dr. Necdet Osam (3:30’). And final remarks from me (3:53’) on the sustainable future of the Cyprus: Famagusta Ecocity Project. Thanks to EL PAIS!

The ‘Journey’, International Summer School

Today we talked at the International Summer School, the ‘Journey’, organised by Cyprus University of Technology with Climate-KIC about how to handle the challenges caused by ecological treats, climate changes and war/conflict in specific areas. We shared our experiences from the Famagusta Ecocity Project with those international postgraduates and young professionals to inspire them to tackle…

Stories for Peace

We shared two ‘peace’ stories with the editor in chief of http://www.coastalseekers.com Amelia and her partner Josh. This inspiring couple created an online platform for travel video/ bloggers to share their stories. There are many ways for peace making; art, architecture, storytelling, permaculture, economy and many more. Our first story came from art in which…

Interview for EL PAÍS Newspaper

We may not be close to find a permenant solution to the Cyprus problem yet. However we need to learn to cooperate together in order to provide a sustainable future to our children. No matter what, we will keep on sharing our common vision for an integrated, peaceful and ecological city and a better life…