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

1st International Symposium of Design for Living with Water

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.

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Water is the main life source for human beings starting from birth. Throughout the history, this vital element affected every field of life as well as the discipline of architecture and design, which have the mission to create comfortable and livable spaces for humans. 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 frequently day by day.

In recent years, there is a growing focus on living with water due to extreme climate changes, rising density, economical trends, and sustainability problems. Scientists and futurists from all over the world are indicating the solutions for living with water and predict that the relationship between humans and water will increase. Not only the countries which have the risk of flood, or rising sea levels, but also the other countries which have the probability of effecting by the climate changes are taking into consideration water-based solutions. Also, the flow of capital and changing human lifestyle requirements show us 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 will be discussed. As a response 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 responsibility 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 feels the need to create solutions sensitive to climate change and for the sustainable future of the world, particularly design with water.


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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.

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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 backbone 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 advises 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 number 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 international jury as one of fifty young innovators of the 21st century in the book 50Under50.

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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 a 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 the field of urban and spatial planning, sustainable development and smart cities

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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.

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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 a member of the scientific committee of the CRD-PVS (Documentation and Research center 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 of 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 a 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.

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Dr Tomas Ooms

Dr Tomas Ooms studied Architecture (1995), Literature (1996), Research Methods (2009) and Music (2016). He is a founding partner of STUDIO TUIN en WERELD (a&t architects, Antwerp, BE) and is an 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 a 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


Organizing 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

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
  • Assist Prof Dr Begüm Bayraktaroğlu, Beykent University

Symposium Programme


  • Urbanism
  • Heritage
  • Aquatecture
  • Yacht Design
  • Socio-Cultural Features
  • Marine Engineering
  • Future Directions

Important Dates

  • Abstract Submission June 25, 2019
  • Full Paper Submission July 08, 2019
*There is no registration fee


Beykent University

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

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