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…

Peace making, Freedom, Equality and The Famagusta Ecocity Project

European Parliament definitely needs such brave and ambitious people! I had an amazing day with Berta Herrero talking about the current situation in the island and arround, peace making, freedom, equality, diversity, democracy and of course The Famagusta Ecocity Project. The Meditteranean spirit bounds people beyond the countries; it must be the sea…

Spreading out the story of Famagusta

We talked with French journalists Mathieu and Antoine about peace, hope and future of Famagusta through the vision of the Famagusta Ecocity Project. Thanks for them helping us sharing our vision by telling our stories.

The book of “I like Europe”

I would like to thank once again to Amélie and Caroline for making me part of this book in which as they expresses tried to “understand what we share, what we hope for, what our historic and cultural references are across the continent, what is good and what is difficult about being young in Europe, but…

ITU & EMU Workshop 

Within the context of 3rd year studio, ITU, Department of Urban and Regional Planning conducts a project in Famagusta, Cyprus for 2014-2015 Fall semester. Assoc.Prof.Dr. Kerem Koramaz coordinates the project 3, Regional Analysis and Development Scenarios. The aim of this workshop was to bring together all multidisciplinary and academic experts in order to discuss the…

“As It Happens” CBC RADIO-Canada

Talking to CBC RADIO-Canada “As It Happens” with Carol Off and Jeff Douglas during the “Famagusta EcoCity Project Phase I” process. PART THREE (@ “13:36) click to listen CYPRUS HOTELS LAND Beautiful beaches, white sands and an array of hotels with Mediterranean views to die for: the resort town of Varosha in Cyprus has everything. But…

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…

Maraş: Akdeniz’in unutulmuş plajı

BBC.CO.UK Türkçe Richard Hooper ve Vibeke Venema BBC Dünya Servisi Akdeniz’in gizli sahili Maraş’a hoşgeldiniz. Kilometrelerce uzanan kum sahillerde, doğayla tamamen başbaşasınız. İstediğiniz odayı seçebileceğiniz onlarca büyük otel, art arda uzanıyor. Ama yola çıkmadan önce, sahile yaklaşırken karşınıza çıkacak kalın telleri kesmek için yanınıza bir cıvata kesici almayı unutmayın. Yasak bölgede görülen kişileri öldürme emri…

Talking to Radio France about living in a Fragmented Island

Two weeks ago I got a phone call from a journalist, Caroline Gillet, from Radio France. She said that she was making portraits about young people all over the Europe and listened to our BCC Outlook Radio program with Vasia Markides and interested to make an interview with young Cypriots about the current fragmentation of the…

Awakening the ghosts of Varosha: An Ecocity Project for Famagusta

I grow up in Famagusta, on the second floor of an apartment blog looking to ghost town Varosha. I listed to golden age of this abandoned place from my father who spent his youth in the region during mid 60’s until the fragmentation of the island in 1974. Our neighbours were ghosts living on the…