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

2nd 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 May 14 to 15, 2020.

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. Carlo Coppola

Carlo Coppola (Naples 1953) teaches Architectural and Urban Design and Industrial Design at the "Luigi Vanvitelli" University of Campania and at the "Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey". Member of the ECAADE, he has developed Generative Design since 1998 on the themes of Architecture and Industrial Design. He has been a member of the teaching board of the "Doctorat en Architecture", Ecole Nationale Supérieure d 'Archiecture de Marseille (ENSA-M) and PhD thesis supervisor. He was also a member of the teaching board of the “Doctorate in Architecture, Industrial Design and Cultural Heritage" of the University of Campania "Luigi Vanvitelli" and the “Doctorate in Architectural and Urban Design and Architecture Restoration" of the Second University of Naples. He was Director of the Inter-faculty Master's Degree (Architecture / Medicine) "Architecture for Health" of the Second University of Naples and Member of Scientific Committee for the Constitution and activities of the Quality Life University Service Center (QuaLy) Full Member of the National Institute of Urban Planning and Member of the scientific committee of the journal "Scienze e Ricerche". Since 1983 he has been conducting research in the field of Architectural Design and Monumental Restoration with the computer’s tools support. He has participated in numerous conferences and sector exhibitions and has received numerous architecture awards; his projects have been published in national and international magazines. Currently he deals with the relationship between building and territory on the themes of "Rebuilding the built: for an Ecologically Additive Architecture". His most significant publications are: "Computers and creativity for architecture - Artificial intelligence and formal systems"; "Through Architecture - Procedural representation and algorithms for the generative project"; "Vertical Gardens - Application of a generative design algorithm"; "The logic of Artifacts - Generative Design from Architecture to Industrial Design"; "Vincent Callebaut: towards an ecologically additive architecture". He has carried out his professional activity since 1981 and in 2000 has founded SCIAarchitettura&ingegneria study specialized in architectural design, restoration and urban design.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Roberto Rocco

Roberto Rocco is Associate Professor of Spatial Planning at the Delft University of Technology, in The Netherlands. With a PhD in Spatial Planning by the same university, he specialises in governance, sustainability and spatial justice. Recent research focuses on understanding socio-technical transitions to sustainability in connection to spatial justice and social sustainability. Roberto works as part of a team for the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), in charge of drafting an Action Plan for Sustainable Urban Regeneration and Development in the Mediterranean Basin. He has recently edited “The Routledge Handbook on Informal Urbanization” and coordinates research and education for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda.

He is also the coordinator of the Summer School about planning & design with water in TU Delft.

Website: https:summerschooltudelft.org

Assist. Prof. Dr. Łukasz Piątek

An architect, marine designer, researcher and educator interested in the interpenetration of civil and naval architecture with special regard to floating buildings. Holds a PhD degree from the Faculty of Architecture, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland, where he works as an assistant professor, and a postgraduate degree in Naval Architecture from the West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin. Involved in elaborating the building code for floating buildings in Poland as an external reviewer in Polski Rejestr Statków S.A. A co-chair of the 3 rd International Conference of Amphibious Architecture, Design and Engineering 2019. A member of the Society of Floating Solutions (Singapore). An experienced skipper, beginner diver and funding partner in Kilson, a naval architecture design practice.

Dr. Haris Piplas

Haris received his postgraduate degree in Urban Design at the Technical University of Berlin. He has collected academic and professional experience in Germany, Denmark and Italy. Since 2011 he is affiliated to the ETH Zurich and its Urban-Think Tank Chair of Architecture and Urban Design where he works in teaching and coordinates a research project on urban transformations in Central-Eastern Europe.

He has published several articles in magazines and contributed to various publications. He was Editor of the Journal of the “European Federation for Landscape Architecture”.

His positions include the Scientific Committee at the UN SCBD Network “MediverCities”, the Advisory Board for the Built Environment Symposium at the European Forum Alpbach and the ULI Germany “Building Healthy Places” initiative.


  1. Sustainability
  2. Social factors
  3. Climate change
  4. Naval engineering
  5. Culture and heritage
  6. Floating architecture
  7. Futuristic approaches
  8. Urban transformations


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

    Will Be Announced

    Important Dates

  • Abstract Submission February 20, 2020
  • Full Papper Submission April 20, 2020
  • 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