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The International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism (INTBAU) Turkey, a country-wide initiative, will be housed at the Department of Architecture at YILDIZ TECHNICAL University (YTÜ). As a nascent organization, its first mandate is to promote the general principles of INTBAU’s Charter while encouraging the study, conservation and new construction of Traditional Architecture and Urbanism in Turkey.

INTBAU Turkey aims to bring together academics, practitioners, community leaders and general supporters in order to promote the values of traditional building, architecture and urbanism and together cope with the problems of traditional context of Turkey. Within this aim, INTBAU Turkey is formed by the members of two research centers; YTÜ- Research Center for Preservation and Application of Historical Heritage (TAMİR) and YTÜ- International Research Center for Urban Studies. These centers are focused on the major principles of the network. This will let The International Network for Traditional Building to have stengthful relations in Turkey.

The Turkish Chapter seeks to promote a wider dialogue about how to learn from the precedents and value of traditional building resources in order to meet modern challenges. Certainly, traditional environments, patterns and processes have much to teach us about human habitats that are beautiful, livable, peaceful, energy efficient, and ecologically and culturally sustainable. But also Turkish Chapter wants to lead the studies in urbanism; the livable spaces in urban areas through new and traditional.

The Chapter’s objectives over the next three years are the following:

  • To support studies, projects and activities in Turkey that fulfills INTBAU’s values and principles
  • To encourage discussions on the diverse local identities, accumulative cultures and also local traditional architecture of Turkey
  • To propose a trustworthy platform for co-operation amongst the organizations in Turkey
  • To advocate the preservation and promotion of traditional buildings with special emphasis on the use of local materials and technologies
  • To encourage people to maintain and restore traditional buildings, and to build new buildings and places that contribute to traditional environments and improve the quality of life in the settlements of urban and rural areas
  • To strengthen discussion towards cultural continuity, sustainable developments, and ecological/contextual design
  • To engage awareness through socio-cultural activities, bulletins and e-publications, seminars, conferences, training courses and workshops

Chapter Board:

Chapter Chair:
PROFESSOR ÇİĞDEM POLATOĞLU, PhD
Professor, Department of Architecture, YTÜ University
Head of Architectural Department
Urban Design Consultant, Istanbul Greater Municipality
General Consultant, UCCN -Design City Istanbul
Board Member, YTÜ- ICUS

Board Members:

PROFESSOR ZEYNEP GÜL ÜNAL, PhD,
Professor, Department of Architecture, YTÜ University
Director of YTÜ- TAMİR
Board Member, ICOMOS International Council On Monuments and Sites
Secretary General – ICOMOS ICORP International Scientific Committee On Risk Preparedness
Chair- ICOMOS ICORP Turkey

PROFESSOR NUR URFALIOĞLU, PhD,
Professor, Department of Architecture, YTÜ University
Board Member, Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism – Preservation Council of Kayseri

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR NİLGÜN ÇOLPAN ERKAN, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, YTÜ University
Director of YTÜ-ICUS

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR UZAY YERGÜN, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, YTÜ University
YTÜ Alumni Vice-Coordinator
Board Member, YTÜ- ICUS
Member- ICOMOS Turkey