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…

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…

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…

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.

ESTIA Conference “Building Sustainable Communities” 2014

I am honoured to be invited to the 11th ESTIA Conference on “Building Sustainable Communities”  2014 hosted by the University of Maine, USA. As a supporter of healthy, peaceful and eco-friendly life, I strongly believe that only respecting biological diversities and natural sources, as well as carrying every single creature on this planet, could save us…

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…