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…

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!

Lefkoşa’da Bir Kent Heterotopyası

 Detay Gazetesi, 13 Temmuz 2017  Yrd. Doç. Dr. Ceren Boğaç ceren.bogac@emu.edu.tr Doğu Akdeniz Üniversitesi Kentsel  Araştırma ve  Geliştirme Merkezi   Uzun bir aradan sonra Kıbrıs’ta yeniden sanal mekânlardan somut mekânlara geçmeye çalışan bir barış eyleminin sesleri yükselmeye başladı. Hala daha ‘kent ölçeğinde uzlaşma mekânı’ kavram ve pratiğinden uzak bir toplum olarak, düşünce ve arzularımızın üç boyutlu…

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…

Cyprus: The Trapped Treasures of a Divided Island

»Source: Euronews “Good morning everybody, welcome to this amazing walking and talking tour of the wonderful city of Famagusta,” says archaeologist and art historian guide Anna Marangou. As always, she and her fellow guide Orhan have words in Greek and Turkish to welcome their party. Their bi-communal efforts was one of the examples recognized by the Stelios…

How a ghost town embodies the Cypriot divide

»Source: Al Jazeera As political negotiations continue, one group is pushing to revitalise the long-abandoned district of Varosha.    by Megan O’Toole Famagusta, Cyprus – Four decades ago, time froze in the coastal Cypriot district of Varosha. Eggs were still boiling on hot stovetops. Children’s toys remained strewn across living-room floors. Clothes were left on their hangers inside…