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Urbanisation&Civilisation Seminar Series: A Portrait of Turgut Cansever
Thu 23 March 2017, 19:00 – 21:00 GMT
Urbanisation&Civilisation Seminar Series
"Combining Architecture with Ethics: An Intellectual Portrait of Turgut Cansever"
By Faruk Yaslıçimen
Date: Thursday 23rd March 2017
Time: 7 pm
Venue: Yunus Emre Enstitüsü – London
10 Maple Street, London, W1T 5HA
Turgut Cansever (1921-2009) has been a well-known Turkish architect and a prominent figure in reinterpreting and refashioning the centuries old architectural heritage of Turkey through inventing a novel approach that combines traditional architectural principles pertaining to a set of moral values and beliefs with a modern perspective. Cansever designed mosque, library, institute and museum buildings, and houses; prepared extensive and detailed new urban settlement plans for Istanbul, Ankara, and Sivas; and renovated old historical mansions. One particular originality that Cansever introduced was his endeavour to combine architecture with ethics that entailed a quintessential overlap of religion, tradition, architecture, and cultural identity on a socio-political axis in contemporary Turkey. Turgut Cansever is the only architect, who won the Aga Khan Award for Architecture three times in the world. His architectural practice and intellectual legacy have a great impact on the new generations of educated middle-class conservatives of Turkey. Dr. Faruk Yaslıçimen is going to talk about Cansever’s intellectual legacy in relation to his architectural designs and preferences.
Faruk Yaslıçimen is Assistant Professor of late Ottoman history at Ibn Khaldun University, Istanbul. He received his BA in History and International Relations from Istanbul Bilgi University in 2004. He continued his graduate education at Bilkent University, Ankara, where he received his MA in History in 2008. Dr. Yaslıçimen earned his doctorate degree in the same field at Ludwig Maximillians University of Munich in 2016. His work focuses on state – society relations in the late Ottoman history, especially non-Sunni Muslim communities living in the empire. Dr. Yaslıçimen has taught history, historical methodology and advanced Ottoman-Turkish paleography courses. His areas of scholarly research and interest also cover issues such as contemporary politics, architecture, and cultural policies in Turkey.