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Turkey Imagining Cities as Circular Ecosystems - Cities of Future Roundtable Workshop

LecturerKongjian Yu
Izmir Metropolitan Municipality - Izmir Planning Agency
16 March 2023
Imagining Cities as Circular Ecosystems

Conference Theme

Turkey has recently experienced one of the biggest disasters in the last 100 years of the world. This catastrophic situation has once again indicated that there is a dire need to re-think the design of cities.

Türkiye's earthquake caused serious damage to the city© Daily Sabah

This is crucial because 2007 was the first time that more people in the world started to live in cities rather than in rural areas. By 2021, this ratio was 56% and is expected to increase to 68% by 2050. Shortly, cities will define the future of our planet. 

Therefore, the main focus of the Cities of Future workshop is to design future cities with circular culture that are not only resilient but also act as an integral part of the web of life on our planet. Our primary motivation is to design cities as circular ecosystems of our world as opposed to a machine that causes detrimental footprint triggered by CO2 emissions, plastic waste, poisonous agriculture and many others.


18:00 Opening Speech

Tunç Soyer, Mayor of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality

18:10 Presentation: “Imagining Cities as Circular Ecosystems”

Güven Eken, Consular to the Mayor of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality

18:25 Roundtable Discussion

22:00 Closing Remarks

* Working language of the workshop is English



Ahmet Sinan

Türkyılmaz Hacettepe University, Turkey

Bülent Batuman

Bilkent University, Turkey

Çaglar Keyder

Bogaziçi University, Turkey

Ebru Erbas Gürler

Istanbul Technical University, Turkey

Han Tümertekin

Architects and Han Tümertekin, Turkey

Hiroyuki Unemori

Unemori Architects, Japan

Koray Velibeyoglu

Izmir Institute of Technology, Turkey

Kumru Arapgirlioglu

Bilkent University, Turkey


Farshad Mehdizad

FMZD, Iran

Hsieh Ying Chun

Atelier 3, China(Taiwan)

Jo Williams

University College London & Circular Cities Hub, UK

Leonora Grcheva

Doughnut Economics Action Lab, UK

Mark Cridge

National Park City London, UK

Meltem Erdem Kaya

Istanbul Technical University, Turkey

Timothy Beatley

University of Virginia, Biophilic Cities, USA

Yu Kongjian

Turenscape & Peking University, China

William Van Winden

Amsterdam University, Netherlands

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