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“A drop of water,
if it could write out its own history,
would explain the universe to us.”
Lucy Larcom

The first International Symposium of
Design for Living with Water, will be held at the Faculty of
Engineering and Architecture, Department of Interior Architecture,
Beykent University in Istanbul, Turkiye from July 9 to 10, 2019.

Water is the main life source for human being starting from birth. Throughout the history this vital element effected every field of life as well as the discipline of architecture and design, which have the mission to create comfortable and livable spaces for human. It is observed that apart from alternative living spaces to terrestrial architecture in traditional forms, during the recent years, the studies which include the analysis as to space hotels, floating spaces and effects of spatial characteristics of pole stations on the users have increased. One of the reasons for this, is that people's need for alternative living spaces and resources has come up. The association of the concept of human-space-water is being considered together more frequent day by day.

In Recent years there is a growing focus on living with water due to the extreme climate changes, rising density, economical trends and sustainability problems. Scientist and futurists from all over the world are indicating the solutions for living with water and predict that the relationship between human and water will increase. Not only the countries which have the risk of flood, or rising sea levels, but also the other countries which has the probability of effecting by the climate changes are taking into consideration water based solutions. Also the flow of the capital and changing human life style requirements show us the water as an alternative living space.

Although the concept of living with water seems revolutionary the human relation with water is not a new trend. In the scope of this symposium, different integration types of water to spaces from the vernacular models to floating homes wil be discussed. As a respond to the world’s sustainability problems, from both economical, socio - cultural and also the ecological, we need to understand the importance of living with water. As the designers and engineers of the “climate change generation” we have the responsility to look at the past, present and the future and ask the opportunities of water that we could apply, inform and transform to our designs.

We invite designers, architects, engineers, sociologists, students and everyone who feel the need creating solutions sensitive to climate change and for sustainable future of the world on particulary design with water.

Invited Speakers

Prof Dr Ardeshir Mahdavi

Professor Ardeshir Mahdavi is the Director of the Department of Building Physics and Building Ecology as well as the Head of the Institute of Architectural Sciences at TU Wien, Austria. Professor Mahdavi has conducted internationally acclaimed research in the fields of Building Physics, Building Performance Simulation, Building Controls, Building Ecology, and Human Ecology. Professor Mahdavi has authored over 700 scientific publications and supervised 70 doctoral students. He is a fellow of IBPSA (International Building Performance Simulation Association) and the recipient of the IBPSA Distinguished Achievements Awards.

Koen Olthuis - Waterstudio

When Koen co-founded Waterstudio in 2003 it was the first office 100% focused on floating architecture and urban planning beyond the waterfront. "Blue is Better" is the back bone of his vision and concepts and stands for the strong belief that cities can improve their performance by using water for space, flexibility and safety. He is the co-author of the book FLOAT! (Flexible Land On Aquatic Territory) and shares his ideas through lectures around the globe. He advices municipalities and governments who want to take their first step into the water to combat the effects of climate change and growing urbanization. In 2007 he was chosen as nr. 122 on the Time Magazine list of most influential people in the world due to the worldwide interest in water developments. The French magazine Terra Eco chooses him as one of the 100 green persons that will change the world in 2011. In 2015 he is selected by an internationals jury as one of fifty young innovators of the 21st century in the book 50Under50. In his vision today’s designers are an essential part of the climate change generation and should start to enhance their perspective on urban components to become dynamic instead of static. His solution called City Apps, are floating urban components that add a certain function to the existing static grid of a city. He co-established the Urban Water Laboratory to research existing urban water as building ground to offer space for new density, offering worldwide opportunities for cities to respond flexibly to climate change and urbanization.

Assist Prof Dr Nasiha Pozder

Assist Prof Dr Nasiha Pozder Faculty of Architecture in Sarajevo Dr.sci. Nasiha Pozder is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Architecture in Sarajevo with fifteen years of international academic experience, as well as extensive experience in urban planning and architecture, with a special emphasis on sustainability and smart solutions. She led the commission on the project “Smart Sarajevo” for the Government of Sarajevo Canton and actively participated in projects from this domain such as a Bicycle network for Sarajevo Canton. Nasiha is a part of the Smart City Education Initiative crew from the start of this project and CityOS platform in Sarajevo. Nasiha is Member of Sarajevo Green Design Festival since 2010 as Sub-coordinator and Coordinator of international workshops, consultant at Green Council. Active on international projects, international cooperation and workshops, on international conferences all in field of urban and spatial planning, sustainable development and smart cities

Assoc Prof Dr Alexandrina Nenkova

Alexandrina Nenkova Nenkova, Associate professor at the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy (UACEG), Sofia, Bulgaria. Graduate program leader for Ph.D. programs and diploma projects. Leader of lectures and seminars in “History of Design,” “Product Design,” “Technology of Design” and “Interior” programs as a member of the Interior Design Department of the Architecture faculty at UACEG. Member of the professional Chamber of Architects in Bulgaria (CAB). Co-founder of the studio “AN Architecture & Design” and “TS Project.” Completed a significant number of projects both commercial and residential. Developed the architecture and interior simultaneously as inseparable parts of a single idea. Awarded with the symbols “Architect of the year 2006” conferred by CAB and Union of Architects in Bulgaria (BULARCH), “Building of the year 2014” in the Hotel Building category, by “City Media Group” conferred CAB and BULARCH, and a four-time awardee for the best interior project “House of the year” by “National Media Group 24 Hours”. Author of the following books: Contemporary Residential Interior. Detail and Perception Parts 1 and 2.

Ricardo Balbo

Architect, PhD in Theory and Construction of Architecture, President at Francesco Morelli Foundation, the beneficial owner of Istituto Europeo di Design network: at IED he is the Academic Director for all the schools belonging to the group; he is ANVUR expert for AFAM System Assessment and “1000 people” National Foreign Expert for PRC, consulting companies and Institutions. Director of IED Turin until 2017, from 2008 to 2013 has been Director of the MSc Urban Design and Regeneration as well as MSc Digital Architectural Design at the School of the Built Environment, University of Salford (Manchester - UK) until 2013, where he was co-founder of MIND (Mediated Intelligence in Design) Research group. He has been member of the scientific committee of the CRD-PVS (Documentation and Research centre in Technology, Architecture and City in Developing Countries); member of Urban Quality Research Centre and ICT in Construction Research Centre (SOBE); consultant for the Chamber of Architects Turin (Italy) and member in several scientific boards such as Transmitting Sustainable City and Turin City of Design. He has been appointed at the Polytechnic of Turin (Italy) as Temporary Professor at the School of Architecture where he has taught Urban morphology, Architectural IT, Architectural Design and Urban Design studios at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level. He has also been managing his own architectural firm in Turin between 1996 and 2006, where he has been consultant for private and public sector. He has published scientific contributions in the area of research of Digital Architectural Design, Urban Regeneration, Slum upgrading, Transdisciplinary design and Smart city.

Dr Tomas Ooms

Dr Tomas Ooms studied Architecture (1995), Literature (1996), Research Methods (2009) and Music (2016). He is founding partner of STUDIO TUIN en WERELD (a&t architects, Antwerp, BE) and is academic promotor of the Master Dissertation Design Studio at the Master of Science in Architecture at the Faculty of Architecture at the KU Leuven. His ongoing PhD. research ‘Yard and World: to Draw a Distinction: on the Form of Re-Entry: A Practice Between: Yard and World’ is a practice based architectural inquiry into the liminal and investigates space as relationships. As project-and team member he collaborated in several international research projects and won international scholarships, awards and competitions. He participated in international exhibitions and performances. Besides being a practicing architect, he is a composer and performing musician. Website: https://studio-tuin-en-wereld.tumblr.com


  1. Urbanism (Water and cities)
  2. Heritage (Water as design element in vernacular architecture; historic cities and cultural landscapes and water)
  3. Aquatecture (Buildings designed to live with water)
  4. Yacht Design (Interior design and product design for living with water)
  5. Socio Cultural Features (Socio cultural aspects of living on water)
  6. Marine Engineering (Floating structures)
  7. Future Directions (Sustainability, ecology smart materials)


Honorary President(s)

  • Prof Dr A. Murat Ferman, Beykent University
  • Prof Dr Şeyma Özkara Aydinoğlu, Beykent University

  • General Coordinator

  • Assoc Prof Dr İnanç Işıl Yıldırım, Beykent University

  • Orginizing Committe

  • Assoc Prof Dr İnanç Işıl Yıldırım, Beykent University
  • Assist Prof Dr Begüm Bayraktaroğlu, Beykent University

  • Scientific Committee

  • Prof Dr Alpay Er, Ozyegin University
  • Prof Dr Ardeshir Mahdavi, Vienna Technical University
  • Prof Dr Ayşe Uğur Tütengil, Beykent University
  • Prof Dr Aytekin İşman, Sakarya University
  • Prof Dr B. Burak Kaptan, Anadolu University
  • Prof Dr Burçin Cem Arabacıoğlu, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University
  • Prof Dr Claudio Gambardella, Università degli Studi della Campania
  • Prof Dr Çiğdem Polatoğlu, Yıldız Technical University
  • Prof Dr Deniz Hasirci, Izmir University of Economics
  • Prof Dr Ebru Çubukçu, Dokuz Eylül University
  • Prof Dr Fatih A. Rıfkı, Montana State University
  • Prof Dr Hülya Turgut, Ozyegin University
  • Prof Dr İbrahim Numan, FSMV University
  • Prof Dr İlkay Masat Özdemir, Karadeniz Technical University
  • Prof Dr Gökdeniz Neşer, Dokuz Eylül University
  • Prof Dr Kutsal Öztürk, Girne American University
  • Prof Dr Lerzan Aras, European University of Lefke
  • Prof Dr Pelin Yıldız, Hacettepe University
  • Prof Dr Rengin Zengel, Dokuz Eylul University
  • Prof Dr Şengül Öymen Gür, Beykent University
  • Prof Dr A. Tanju Gültekin, Rising University of Cyprus
  • Assoc Prof Dr Alidost Ertuğrul, FSMV University
  • Assoc Prof Dr Alexandrina Nenkova, University of Architecture Civil Eng.and Geodesy
  • Assoc Prof Dr Burkay Pasin, Izmir University of Economics
  • Assoc Prof Dr Cemil Atakara, Cyprus International University
  • Assoc Prof Dr Emine Görgül, İstanbul Technical University
  • Assoc Prof Dr Hikmet Sivri Gokmen, Dokuz Eylul University
  • Assoc Prof Dr İnanç Işıl Yıldırım, Beykent University
  • Assoc Prof Dr Osman Demirbaş, Izmir University of Economics
  • Assoc Prof Dr Rabia Kose Doğan, Selçuk University
  • Assoc Prof Dr Tonguç Tokol, Marmara University
  • Assoc Prof Dr Zeynep Tuna Ultav, Yaşar University
  • Assoc Prof Dr Zihni Türkan, Near East University
  • Assist Prof Dr Armağan Korkmaz, Michigan State University
  • Assist Prof Dr Begüm Bayraktaroğlu, Beykent University
  • Assist Prof Dr A. Can Özcan, Izmır University of Economics
  • Assist Prof Dr Florina Jerliu, University of Prishtina
  • Assist Prof Dr Lana Kudumovic, FSMV University
  • Assist Prof Dr Leila Krivosic, International University of Sarajevo
  • Assist Prof Dr Mehmet Aziz Goksel, Maltepe University
  • Assist Prof Dr Nasiha Pozder, University of Sarajevo
  • Assist Prof Dr Pelin Karacar, Istanbul Medipol University
  • Ricardo Balbo, IED Istituto Europeo di Design Spa

  • Programme


    Beykent University, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Department of Interior Architecture, 09 – 10 July, 2019

    Program | First Day: 09.07.2019, Tuesday

    09:00 - 10:00     Registration + Welcome

    10:00 - 10:15     Chair’s Opening Speech
                                            Assoc. Prof. Dr. İnanç Işıl YILDIRIM

    10:15 - 10:30     Vice Rector’s Opening Speech
                                            Prof. Dr. Şeyma Özkara AYDINOĞLU

    10:30 - 11:00     Cem MELİKOĞLU (Chairman of Türk Loyd) – Invited Speaker
                                            “Basic Requirements of Floating Houses”

    11:00 - 11:45     Prof Dr. Ardeshir MAHDAVI (TU, Wien ) – Invited Speaker
                                            “Is There a Future for Bioclimatic and Vernacular Architecture Traditions?”

    11:45 - 12:30     Assist Prof Dr Nasiha POZDER (University of Sarajevo) – Invited Speaker
                                            “Water (un)sensitive City - Cause of (de)urbanization”

    12:30 - 13:30     Lunch Break

    13:30 - 13:45     Rector’s Speech
                                            Prof. Dr. A. Murat FERMAN

    13:45 - 14:30     Koen OLTHUIS ( Waterstudio, Netherlands) – Invited Speaker
                                            “Rise of Blue City”

    14:30 - 15:00     Ricardo BALBO (IED,Torino) – Invited Speaker
                                            “Drenched creativity: Reflecting on the Influence of Water on Design”

    15:00 - 15:15     Coffee Break

    15:15 - 15:45     Assoc Prof Dr Alexandrina NENKOVA (UACEG, Sofia) – Invited Speaker
                                            “The Parallel Reality of Living in Water.
                                            New Environmental Approach – the “Aquatecture” Concept”

    15:45 - 16:15     Dr Tomas OOMS (KU Leuven,Brussels) – Invited Speaker
                                            “Mereological Negotiations In Practice (Research): Waterworks and the Drawing: Inducing

    16:15 - 16:30     Coffee Break

    16:30 - 17:00     Conclusion Remarks

    Program | Second Day: 10. 07. 2019, Wednesday

    08:30 - 09:00     Registration + Welcome

    09:00 – 10:00     A. Tuğrul YAZAR- Fulya AKİPEK - Kutay KARABAĞ - Zeynep ŞAHBAZ
                                            “Hydrophilic Structures”

                                    Abubakar Sadiq SHAABAN - İnanc Işıl YILDIRIM
                                            “A Comparative Evaluation Of Floating And Terrestrial Architecture; a Case Study of Google’s Floating Data
                                            Center and Googleplex Terrestrial Building”

                                    Ahu GÜRLER AKDENİZ
                                            “Floating Architecture:Hybrid-Scapes Through Hydrophilic Design Concepts”

                                    Alexandrina NENKOVA - Christo TRITAKOV
                                            “The Parallel Reality of Living in Water. A New Environmental Approach – the “Aquatecture” Concept”

                                    Ammar İBRAHİMGİL
                                            “The Sebilhanes on Crete Island in Ottoman Period”

    10:00 – 11:00     Andrée Sonad KARAVELI KARTAL - Bilgen DÜNDAR
                                            “Interactive Forms of Water In The Urban Context”

                                    Aslı Pınar BİKET
                                            “Kentsel Kimlik ve Kentsel Hafizada Suyun Yeri”

                                    Ayda RASTIEMADABADI - Sadaf TABATABAEE
                                            “Flow of water through traditional Iranian cities (Analysis of the forms and roles of water in the hierarchy of
                                            Iranian cities)”

                                    Aysun GÜNER - Pelin KARAÇAR - Elmira GÜR
                                            “Proposal of Using Nano -Materials in Yacht Design”

                                    Berna GÖL
                                            “Water as Fetish in Architecture: Tracing a Continuity in Changing Modes of Architectural Practices”

    11:00 – 12:00     Buse Ceren ŞENGÜL
                                            “Mythical to Futuristic: Place of Water in Conceptual and Experimental Architecture and Image of the Future

                                    Cansu MEYMAR - Diğdem ÇAĞIRAL
                                            “Design Reflected on the Water”

                                    Lana KUDUMOVIC – Leila Krivosic DIZDAREVIC
                                            “Image of the Places Developed During Ottoman Period in Bosnia: Relation of Water and Urban Tissues”

                                    Cem DOĞAN
                                            “Yaşanabilir Kent Kavramı Kapsamında Suyun Kentsel Mimari Üzerindeki Önemi”

                                    Ugochukwu K. Elinwa - Silas LIMAI - Silvia COVARINO
                                            “Water Resource and Urbanization in Africa.The Risk of the [in] Formal Habitat in Lagos”

    12:00 – 12:30     Lunch Break

    12:30 - 13:30      Damla ALTUNCU
                                            “Sea Bath Structures on the Asian Side of İstanbul: Construction of Turkish Modernism with Lightweight

                                    Doğa ÜZÜMCÜOĞLU - Mukaddes POLAY
                                            “Evaluating the Impact of Waterfront Regeneration on City Identity”

                                    Ebru GÜRLER
                                            “Resilient Heritage-Scapes: “Climate-Proof Urban and Regional Planning” Approach for (Historic) Coastal

                                    Gamze KARAYILANOĞLU
                                            “Adaptive Reuse of Waterfront Industrial Areas: Example of Refshaleøen in Copenhagen”

                                    İrem ÇATAY
                                            “Lighting Concepts and Living Experience in Yacht Design”

    13:30 - 14:30      İstem Seçkin PARLAKYILDIZ KÖSE
                                            “Architectural Responses to Cruise Ship Tourism and its Potential Effects in Istanbul”

                                    M. Danial ISMAIL - Turkan Sultan YASAR ISMAIL
                                            “Responsive City: An Exploration of Possibilities of City Design That React to Water Related Disasters”

                                    M. Erdal EREN
                                            “Yat tasarımında mekân çözümü ve su ilişkisi”

                                    Mehmet Zeki İbrahimgil
                                            “Fountains of Rethymno, Crete”

                                    Semih İĞCİ - Fatih US
                                            “The Relations Between City and Sea Evaluation of Threshold Concept: The Example of Samsun”

    14:30 - 15:30      Begüm BAYRAKTAROĞLU
                                            “Re-Interpretation of the Concept “Water Reuse” Minneapolis Historic Mill District Area”

                                    Beste Nur İSKENDER AYDIN
                                            “Creating a Cultural Route As a Method for Maintaining the Coastal Identity and Culture in Istanbul”

                                    Esen KUNT
                                            “Boğazın Suları Çekildiği Zaman; Kara Kitap Üzerine Performatif Bir Okuma”

                                    Esra TOKAT
                                            “Courtyard Tradition In Interior In Anatolian Turkish Architecture and the Use of Water in Design”

                                    Işıl BAYSAN SERİM
                                            “How Cinematic Imaginations Of Water Architecture Construct The City Of The Future”

                                    Soner ŞAHİN
                                            “Osmanlı Dönemi Su Temin Yapılarında Suyun Bir Tasarım Öğesi Olarak Kullanımı”

    15:30 - 16:30      Burkay PASİN
                                            “Transformation of Public Bathing Culture in Turkey”

                                    Zihni Türkan
                                            “Water Archıtecture in The Traditional Turkish Houses of Cultural Heritage: Three Examples From Nicosia
                                            Turkish Houses”

    Important Dates

  • Abstract Submission June 20, 2019 (extended to June 25)
  • Full Papper Submission July 3, 2019 (extended to July 08, 2019)
  • Abstract Submission Abstract Template Full Paper Submission Full Paper Template

    *There is no registration fee


    Beykent University

    Ayazağa Campus Maslak/İstanbul

    Ayazaga Mahallesi, Hadim Koruyolu Cd. No: 19, 34398 Sarıyer / İstanbul Location