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Seismic Talks: Expert Forum on earthquake safety at new trade fair in Istanbul

During the new "Seismic Safety" trade fair, which will take place at the end of April 2014 in Istanbul, an international forum organised by DETAIL entitled "Seismic Talks" will also be held on the topic of "earthquake-resistant planning and construction". It is aimed at architects and urban planners worldwide. The following are some of the questions and solutions that will be discussed: Which techniques and strategies for earthquake-proof construction do Turkish architects use? What consequences can be drawn from past earthquake disasters, e.g. in Italy or New Zealand? Which synergies arise from international cooperation?

Date: 28. and 29.04.2014, Istanbul, Turkey
Location: Seismic Safety, WOW Convention Center, Atatürk International Airport, Istanbul, Turkey

On 28. and 29.04.2014 the international dialogue and knowledge exchange at trade fair "Seismic Safety" will be focused on the topic of "earthquake-resistant planning and construction". Together, architects and other experts will develop architectural and urban planning and social solutions for earthquake-prone cities and regions using their experiences from projects in earthquake-prone areas of Istanbul (Turkey), L'Aquila (Italy) and Christchurch (New Zealand).

On the first day of the fair, architects from Turkey will demonstrate using practical examples how urban planning and architecture should approach the topic of earthquake resistance. New construction and renovation projects will be presented and the redesign of entire districts will be discussed. Following the lectures, an open round-table discussion will take place with invited architects and other experts. The results of this discussion will be presented to the partners on the second day in form of brief podium statements, afterwards they will be discussed openly with the visitors of the fair.

Taking place alongside the "Seismic Safety" trade fair will be the "Intergeo Eurasia" trade fair. It will focus on the topics of surveying, geographic information, remote sensing and photogrammetry. The synergies between the two fairs with respect to earthquake resistance will be highlighted in lectures during joint sessions on 28. and 29.04.2014. Visitors can participate in these joint sessions free of charge.

The "Seismic Talks" forum will be organised by the architectural journal DETAIL. Architectural historian and Istanbul expert Olaf Bartels will moderate the talks and joint discussion rounds.

Monday, 28.04.2014
Joint Session: Seismic Safety & Intergeo
Eurasia
Earthquake Resistance and Urban Planning

11:00
Keynote speech: The synergies between the two trade fairs "Intergeo Eurasia" and "Seismic Safety"
Prof. Dr. Murat Güvenç, geographer with a focus on settlement geography, Istanbul Sehir Üniversitesi, Istanbul, Turkey

Seismic Talks - lectures


Architectural and urban planning solutions for earthquake-resistant construction and renovation in Istanbul and Turkey

13:00
Earthquake-resistant planning of architecture and urban development in Istanbul
Emre Arolat (requested), architect, Emre Arolat Architects (EAA), Istanbul, Turkey

13:30
Upgrading existing buildings
N.N.

14:00
Resident-oriented urban renewal in the district of Kadiköy (Istanbul)
Ömer Kanipak, architect Tasarim AItolyesi Kadiköy, Istanbul, Turkey

14:30
Traditional Turkish construction techniques as a means of protection against earthquakes
N.N.

15:00
Fener-Balat Renovation Project (Istanbul)
Can Çiniçi, architect, Çiniçi Mimarlik, Istanbul, Turkey and Ali Bayraktar (requested), Civil Engineer, Istanbul, Turkey

15:00
Round-table discussion with invited experts: Knowledge sharing

Tuesday, 29.04.2014
Seismic Talks – Dialogue


10:00
Presentation of the results of the round-table discussion of the previous day on the challenges and solutions for earthquake-prone areas with respect to architecture, urban planning and society.

The discussion partners will explain their views and illustrate different perspectives and approaches to architecture and urban planning in earthquake zones.

Prof. Dr. Murat Güvenç,
geographer focusing on settlement geography, Istanbul Sehir Üniversitesi, Istanbul, Turkey
Murat Güvenç is a member of the Faculty of Sociology and Director of the Urban Studies Research Centre (USRC) at Istanbul
Sehir University. He was the curator of the exhibition "Istanbul 1910-2010".

David Sim, architect, Gehl Architects, Copenhagen, Denmark
Scottish architect David Sim is a partner of Gehl Architects. His focus is on urban planning. He was responsible for drawing up the reconstruction plan for the city of Christchurch in New Zealand, which was devastated by an earthquake.


Prof. Dr. Asu Aksoy,
urban sociologist, Istanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi, Istanbul, Turkey
Asu Aksoy heads the Research Institute for Cultural Policy and Management at Istanbul Bilgi University. She focuses on urban and cultural change in Turkey. In 2010 she was a European Capital of Culture Istanbul Advisor.


Dr.-Ing. Sebastian Storz, building historian, Forum Baukultur e.V., Dresden, Germany + MusAA, L'Aquila, Italy
Sebastian Storz is managing director of the "Forum für Baukultur e. V." in Dresden (Germany). In 2009, after the earthquake in L'Aquila (Italy), he founded the centre for architecture MusAA. The aim of the centre is to raise awareness among the population of the architectural traditions in the region's cultural landscape.


Emre Arolat
, architect, Emre Arolat Architects (EAA), Istanbul, Turkey
Architect
Emre Arolat and his office Emre Arolat Architects in Istanbul are known for high-profile architecture in Turkey and abroad. Numerous awards testify to the quality of the office's work.


Steffen Braun, Urban Systems Engineering, Fraunhofer IAO, Stuttgart, Germany
Steffen Braun heads the "Urban Systems Engineering" department of the German Fraunhofer IAO Research Institute. Within the "City of Tomorrow" research initiative he focuses on the future challenges for cities.


12:30
Open discussion with the visitors to Seismic Safety.

Joint Session: Seismic Safety & Intergeo Eurasia
Earthquake Resistance and Urban Planning


14:30
N.N.

15:00
Recovery and rebuild of Christchurch, New Zealand

David Sim
(requested), architect, Gehl Architects, Copenhagen, Denmark

15:30
N.N.

16:00
Prof. Dr. Asu Aksoy
(requested), urban sociologist, Istanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi, Istanbul, Turkey

"Gap-Filler" in Istanbul, Turkey, Photography: Hendrik Bohle

Exhibition "Learning from Istanbul – The Use and Appropriation of Public Space"

The exhibition "Learning from Istanbul - The Use and Appropriation of Public Space", which will be held during "Seismic Talks" and is organised by Studio HBohle (Berlin, Germany), will show places that make up the identity of Istanbul.

Improvised and mobile: Each day, thousands of street vendors, shoe shiners and knife sharpeners swarm through the streets of Istanbul and disappear again. Urban niches are filled and threshold spaces occupied. The provisional structures set up on Istanbul's streets allow the goods and services required by its inhabitants to be supplied, and new livelihoods to be established. Performative practices significantly shape the face of the city. The exhibition "Learning from Istanbul - The Use and Appropriation of Urban Space" shows extracts from a comprehensive compendium that illustrates these exceptional structures in detail. Could they be a response to the social and aesthetic erosion of central European urban spaces? Could they point to possible solutions for making urban spaces more earthquake-resistant? The "Filler" and "Slider" categories of the exhibition answer these and other questions.

"Seismic Talks" has been conceived and organised by the architectural journal DETAIL.
Concept: Meike Weber (Publishing Director) and Kathrin Wiblishauser (Cultural Manager)
Project Manager: Kathrin Wiblishauser (Cultural Manager)
Moderator: Olaf Bartels (architectural historian/architectural critic)

DETAIL - Zeitschrift für Architektur + Baudetail
Institut für internationale Architektur-Dokumentation GmbH & Co. KG
Hackerbrücke 6
80335 Munich
Germany

30.01.2014
Istanbul

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