THE 2013 MEETING of the WORLD SOCIETY for EKISTICS
The cities, security and poverty Ankara, Turkey, 7-10 July, 2013 Hosted by Middle East Technical University, Hacettepe University. Supported by Chamber of Turkish Architects, Turkish Chamber of City Planners
CALL FOR PAPERS
Today's cities are becoming more fragmented both socially and spatially; at various degrees, common social and spatial contexts, patterns of collective behaviour and public sphere are weakening. High rates of urban poor, unemployment, socio-spatial inequalities, impoverished environments, dilapidated historic environments and incapacitated local communities tend to persist.
Production of gated community spaces identified with consumerism, associated with increasing rate of car ownership, triggers urban sprawl and results in the social and spatial fragmentation of cities. Gated communities become more isolated from urban public culture. The restricted particular culture of the gated communities appears as a culture against the broadened culture of urbanity and the urban integrity. In the face of the deterioration of public spaces especially at city centres, what is offered is the life in the gated spaces providing the "spirit of community". "My city" comes to be replaced with "my gated site". Thus the problems of creating the spaces of socialization and of social communication and cohesion become the major problems of today's cities. However, all these have devastating impacts on the public meaning of urbanity. Urban people now become more captured within gated community spaces, more segregated from diverse interaction and more isolated from social relationships. Interestingly, the political power is established on the basis of the control of these socially and spatially isolated communities even in the name of urban planning and design.
As a result of the policy frameworks and ideologies, as space becomes more privatized, urban people become more alienated to commonalities, and security appears as a crucial issue characterizing the cities of today. However, here the security is not a problem of common urban life but of socially and spatially fragmented entities. The multiplicity of gated community spaces accompanies increasing social inequalities. As cities become socially and spatially more fragmented and divided, the problem of security appears and grows.
The aim of the 2013 Ekistics Meeting is to synthesize the contributions of different disciplines varying from planning to design, from architecture to urbanism, from geography and sociology to urban policy and management studies, from engineering to human studies and to public health studies and finally towards the science of human settlements, on the problematic issues of security and poverty.
These issues are not merely the problems of social scientific research but are closely related to the art of making urban space, that is, planning and design and policy making. Thus, the 2013 Meeting aims to exchange knowledge and practices related to both issues, which will evidently broaden our knowledge on the science of human settlements. The pre-assumption on which the main theme of the Meeting is based is that the problems of poverty and security are closely related to the economic, social and spatial fragmentation and are differentiated with the problems of gender. While the former appears as the primary source of urban social and spatial fragmentation, the latter appears as the result of the process.
The 2013 Meeting at first will elaborate the question of how different disciplines conceive the given problems, and secondly, will concentrate on synthesizing overall problematiques of the disciplines from the ekistics point of view.
Sub-themes and key words
CITIES, URBAN SOCIETY and the PUBLIC SPHERE
PUBLIC SPHERE, PUBLIC BENEFITS, CITY MANAGEMENT and PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
SPACES, PUBLIC SPACES and the STREETS
CITIES, PLACES, URBAN PLANNING and DESIGN and the PROBLEM of SECURITY
POVERTY, URBAN FRAGMENTATION and the GATED COMMUNITIES
SOCIAL INEQUALITIES, GENDER and CITY SPACES
SOCIAL CONTROL and SECURITY
AESTHETICS, PUBLIC SPHERE and the SECURITY
PUBLIC SPHERE and the PROBLEMS of SECURITY
Submissions and guidelines
Abstracts should be submitted for full paper presentation. Contributors should complete all required information fields on the online submission system and follow the requirements below:
Abstracts should be written in English, not exceeding 500 words.
Title of Paper should be given.
Three to five keywords should be included to indicate into which sub-theme the abstract fits most closely.
Author(s) name(s) and all author affiliations should be included.
Contact e-mail and address of presenting author should be included.
Abstracts should be text only. Graphics, pictures or graphs should not be submitted.
Conditions for submission and presentation
Participants can present only one paper although they may be co-authors in more papers. In the event of more than one abstract being accepted, we kindly ask you to withdraw abstracts as necessary. Deadline for abstract submission is May 20th, 2013. Notification of acceptance of abstracts will be made on June 1st, 2013.
Congress Registration Fee
The Congress Registration Fee (100 Euro) will cover lunches and transportation during the Meeting sessions and Gala Dinner. Payments will be made as on-spot payment during the meeting.
February 20, 2013
Call for papers
May 20, 2013
Deadline for abstract submission
June 1, 2013
Notification of acceptance of papers
June 22, 2013
The last day for the reservation and payment for
the optional post-meeting tour to Cappadocia
July 7, 2013
Welcome of Participants and Guests
July 8-10, 2013
July 10, 2013
July 11-12, 2013
Post-Meeting tour to Cappadocia (Optional)
Department of City and Regional Planning,
Faculty of Architecture, Middle East Technical University
WSE Meeting in Ankara/Turkey 2013
Middle East Technical University (http://www.metu.edu.tr/)
Department of City and Regional Planning (http://crp.metu.edu.tr/)
Hacettepe University (http://www.hacettepe.edu.tr/
Department of Fine Arts
Map of meeting places
Prof. Dr. Ruşen Keleş
Former President, WSE, firstname.lastname@example.org
Prof. Dr. Ali Cengizkan
Dean, Faculty of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, email@example.com
Prof. Dr. Meltem Yılmaz
Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts, Hacettepe University, firstname.lastname@example.org
Prof. Dr. Melih Ersoy
Chairperson, Department of City and Regional Planning, Faculty of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, email@example.com
Prof. Dr. A. Güven Sargın
Chairperson, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, firstname.lastname@example.org
Doç. Dr. H. Çağatay Keskinok
Department of City and Regional Planning, Faculty of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, email@example.com
A. Burak Büyükcivelek (Contact Person)
Department of City and Regional Planning, Faculty of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, firstname.lastname@example.org
Staff in Charge
Visualisation and design coordinator, Department of City and Regional Planning, Faculty of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, email@example.com
Accomodation and meeting activities coordinator, Department of City and Regional Planning, Faculty of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, firstname.lastname@example.org
Information Technologies coordinator, Department of City and Regional Planning, Faculty of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, email@example.com