Professor Ayselin Yıldız presented some of the initial findings from the Wellbeing, Housing and Infrastructure in Turkey (WHIT) project to Yaşar University.

Prof. Yıldız provided a comparative perspective on how the urban and rural nexus is shaped in terms of housing and well-being, and what kind of implications are created by and for displaced refugees and Turkish people on low-incomes.

You can watch the recording here 👇

The Wellbeing, Housing and Infrastructure in Turkey (WHIT) project is funded by the British Academy’s Urban Infrastructures of Well-Being 2019 Programme, supported under the UK Government’s Global Challenges Research Fund.

An artistic image showing two hands drawing sketches onto white squares, and another hand peeling back a white square. The white squares sweep up into an Instagram page with similar sketched images. In the background, there is a town, and a dove and sun are in the sky.

Forced displacement levels are hitting record modern-day highs around the world. Even with UN calls to ensure inclusion of refugees in urban settings, European and Indian cities’ efforts to effectively manage the inflow of migrants often face populist backlashes.

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World Architecture Day is celebrated on the first Monday of October each year, in parallel with UN World Habitat Day. It celebrates the work that architects undertake, as well as recognising the important role that architecture has in society.

As part of the Wellbeing, Housing and Infrastructure in Turkey (WHIT) project, architecture students from Umeå University in Sweden and Yaşar University in Turkey are working with Syrian refugees and low-income Turkish residents. Together, they are creating a new community rooftop space at the TIAFI Community Centre in İzmir, Turkey.

To find out more, visit the World Architecture News website where this work was recently profiled.

The Wellbeing, Housing and Infrastructure in Turkey (WHIT) project is funded by the British Academy’s Urban Infrastructures of Well-Being 2019 Programme, supported under the UK Government’s Global Challenges Research Fund.

As part of the Venice Biennale, the Wellbeing, Housing and Infrastructure in Turkey project will be presenting their work in a live classroom. The livestream will start at 2pm CET (BST+1) on Thursday 9th September, and continue until 6pm.

You can tune into the classroom via Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/fsvbvenicecam

A plenary session to wrap up this week’s activities in Venice will be happening at Friday 10th September — 15.30–18.00 CET ( BST +1) on the same Twitch channel. Please do tune in to hear about work on urban displacement in Lesvos, Izmir and Wetherby.

The Wellbeing, Housing and Infrastructure in Turkey (WHIT) and Displacement, Placemaking and Wellbeing in the City projects will present their work at the Venice Biennale 2021.

Organised by the Global Free Unit, the Korean Pavilion will play host to a series of presentations on design for displacement between the 7th and 10th September. Attendees will hear from participants in projects based in Lesvos (Greece), Izmir (Turkey) and Wetherby (UK).

Most sessions will be available virtually via the Korean Pavilion website, and you can join the conversation at any time online via Future School.

Over the coming weeks we will share detailed timings and joining instructions for those wanting to hear more.

Caroline Knowles recently visited İzmir to find out more about the Wellbeing, Housing and Infrastructure in Turkey project, and shares reflections on her visit and the work in her latest blog.

Read the blog on Caroline’s Medium here.

The Wellbeing, Housing and Infrastructure in Turkey (WHIT) project is funded by the British Academy’s Urban Infrastructures of Well-Being 2019 Programme, supported under the UK Government’s Global Challenges Research Fund.

The WHIT project’s Robert Mull and Elizabeth Cunningham were recently interviewed by Isabel Allen for the Architecture Daily project.

Robert and Elizabeth discuss the Global Free Unit and how the WHIT project’s work in İzmir, Turkey is an example of how architects and architecture students can get involved with displacement and migration projects.

You can listen to the podcast on the Architecture Daily website, or below via Spotify.

The Wellbeing, Housing and Infrastructure in Turkey (WHIT) project is funded by the British Academy’s Urban Infrastructures of Well-Being 2019 Programme, supported under the UK Government’s Global Challenges Research Fund.

The Wellbeing, Housing and Infrastructure in Turkey (WHIT) project recently participated in the Citizenship in Pandemic Times hosted by Citizens Nations & Migration (CNaM) research network at the University of Edinburgh.

Ayselin Yildiz (Yaşar University), Selin Sivis (Institute of Development Studies and Essex University), Dolf te Lintelo (Institute of Development Studies) and Meltem Gürel (Yaşar University) presented findings from a study aspiring to understand perceptions and experiences of the pandemic by Turkish groups and Syrian refugees in Izmir, Turkey, with particular reference to its effects on informal jobs and housing.

You can view the slides from the presentation below:

The Wellbeing, Housing and Infrastructure in Turkey (WHIT) project is funded by the British Academy’s Urban Infrastructures of Well-Being 2019 Programme, supported under the UK Government’s Global Challenges Research Fund.

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