The VI. Euroasia International Architecture, Civil Engineering and Art Schools Festival which was held in TRNC and hosted by the Near East University ended with a closing ceremony. The last of the festival which first started six years ago through the initiatives and efforts of Prof. Ducen Kasseinov, the General Secretary of TURKSOY, and Rector Prof. Amirlan Kussainov Kazakhistan Leader Academy of Architecture and Civil Engineering (KazGASA) completed with participation scientists, researchers and students mainly coming from Kazakhistan, Russia, Bulgaria, Holland, Kyrgyzstan, Hungary, Turkey and Ukraine, in total 15 countries participated in the festival. In line with the main objective of the festival, the jury gathered up to decide on the top projects in five main disciplines (architecture, design, civil engineering, construction material products and production, wood and wood products technology) assessed the projects throughout the day. At the end of the assessment process, the projects were assessed under 13 titles; Urban Planning, Housing and Public Buildings in Architecture, Renovation and Restoration, Landscape Architecture, Architectural Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Fashion Design, Analysis and Structures Design, Industrial and Civil Engineering Technology, Environmental Engineering, construction material products and production, Wood and wood products technology, and the top projects sharing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places were determined. In total, 39 projects deemed worthy to be awarded. Near East University obtained the awards coming 2nd and 3rd Graphic Design field and came 3rd in Landscape Architecture.
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VI. International Architecture, Civil Engineering and Graphic Design Project Festival starts at Near East University
VI. International Architecture, Civil Engineering and Graphic Design Project Festival which hosted by the Near East University in Turkish Republic of North Cyprus this year started. The opening ceremony of the Festival through which graduation projects in line with international standards will compete realized with participation of local and foreign scientists, academicians and students at Hall 4 of Grand Library of Near East University. According to a press info released by the Press and Public Relations Directorate of Near East University, the festival throughout which the students from civil engineering, architecture and graphic design departments will compete with their graduation projects. At the end of the Festival, the jury of the Festival will decide on the projects to be awarded and the owners of the winning projects will be awarded. Scientists and academicians specializing on architecture, civil engineering and design, whose majority coming from 15 countries, including Russia, Bulgaria, Holland, United Arab Emirates, Hungary, Turkey and Ukraine, are taking place at the Festival. Assoc. Prof. Dr. İrfan S. Günsel: “We are proud to host the festival which will lead to future of the architectural discipline…” Assoc. Prof. Dr. İrfan S. Günsel, Chairman of Board of Trustees of Near East University, delivered the opening speech of the Festival in Hall 4 and in his speech said that the International Festival of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Graphic Design will contribute much to the qualifications of students and shed light on the future of architectural discipline. Assoc. Prof. Dr. İrfan S. Günsel said “The conference held in form of a festival in order to evaluate the projects of the students from faculties of architecture and determine whether they are in line with the international standards will definitely shed light on development of graduation projects in future. The awards that will be given at the end of the conference will promote the competitions amongst the students and enhance them in focusing on their objectives”. Assoc. Prof. Günsel also emphasized that the Near East University gives the utmost importance in line with her wide line of vision and perspective and will continue to support such organizations in order to help and promote our students to gain the identity of a researcher and raise professional awareness. Prof. Amirlan Kussainov, Rector of KazGASA, said in his speech that the Festival hosted by Near East University has created a precious opportunity to bring new projects together. Prof. Ducen Kasseniov, General Secretary of TURKSOY, said in his speech that the Festival would be a new step in establishment of future and building up of peace in future. Yılmaz Batıbey, General Secretary of Turkic World Architects and Engineers Union, said in his speech that they are very proud of becoming a part of such a precious event held by the Near East University in designing the future of the world. Following the opening speeches, memorial plaques and presents were handed in.
Near East University Faculty of Architecture has been represented at the 17th IPHS (International Planning History Society), Delft, Netherlands. The conference was realised un Delft Technology University on 17-21 July, 2016, to which 460 city planners, architects, historians, sociologists, academicians and researchers from all over the world attended. Contemporary research and experiences were shared and future cooperation was discussed. According to the press info release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations of Near East University, Academic Member of Faculty of Architecture of Near East University; Assist. Prof. Dr. Huriye GÜRDALLI was the only Turkish Cypriot to attend the conference in Netherlands.
The graduates of the Faculty of Architecture, Near East University (NEU), of 2015-16 academic year spring semester received their diplomas in a graduation ceremony. According to a press statement released by the Press and Public Relations Directorate of Near East University, Vice Rector Prof. Şenol Bektaş, Dean of Faculty and Acting Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Design Prof. Uğurcan Akyuz, the President of the KTMOB Türker Aktaş, faculty lecturers, graduate students and guests of the students and their families attended to the ceremony. First time this year medals were given at the graduation ceremony to students who made outstanding success during their education. Medals were given according to the ranking of achievement. Valedictorian Nilah Duran awarded with the gold medal, salutatorian Yağmur Şimşek awarded with the silver medal, and the third top graduate of the faculty, Burak Dağman, awarde with the bronze medal by Prof. Dr. Şenol Bektaş, vice rector. The ceremony; upon completion of the handing out of diplomas, ended with throwing caps along with the firework show.
The Green Campus Project was initiated with the aim to create a healthy environment, a brighter future and a green campus and in this regard, the first of the seminars to follow, “Environment, the significance of the environment and Recycling” was given to teachers of Near East Junior College teachers by Head of Department of Landscape Architecture of Near East University, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Özge Özden Fuller. According to the press release by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations of Near East University, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Özge Özden Fuller drew attention to the status of the environment and gave examples of how to overcome environmental problems. She emphasised that over time, the air, water and earth was getting more polluted and that in big cities the industry was making the situation worse. She added that the hole in the ozone layer, and an increase in global warming, cancer incidents and similar fatal and a decrease in natural resources all indicated that there was a need to take action to protect the environment. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Özge Fuller: “We must take all necessary actions to keep the environment clean, preserve it and cope with the rate of global warming!” Assoc. Prof. Dr. Özge Fuller expressed that everybody needed to take action to preserve the environment and for a cleaner and greener environment, there was a need to manage our wastes and recycle. She added that we should not waste electricity power and water in cases not needed, to prefer to use public transport or either to walk or cycle to our destinations, to share knowledge on environment and do anything possible to keep our environment “clean and green’. “It is highly significant NOT to pollute the environment and recycle our wastes!” In addition to the above, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Özge Fuller emphasised the significance of putting a stop to environmental pollution and to the need to recycle our wastes. She stressed that we could all begin this by providing recycling bins on the NEU campus, and help create awareness on recycling and promote environmental awareness and care in all age groups. She expressed thanks to Near East Junior College teachers for the support provided. Hasan Yükselen: “Through the Green Campus Project, we will raise individuals who are aware and care for the environment, in return, make a contribution to the environment and the economy via recycling!” It was revealed that the Headmaster of the Near East Junior College (NEJC) Hasan Yükselen made a short statement, assuring that they fully supported the project and that the teachers of the NEJC would be doing their parts to raise individuals who are aware and care for the environment. He emphasised that raising environmental awareness at young age groups was highly essential and significant as they were the ones to take care of the environment in the future. He ended his words by assuring that through the “Green Campus Project” they aimed to raise individuals who are aware and care for the environment, in return, making a contribution to the environment and the economy via recycling!”
NEU Faculty of Architecture was represented at the International Conference on “Problems of Contemporary City”
NEU Faculty of Architecture was represented at the 3rd International Conference on “Problems of Contemporary City” that held in Istanbul. According to the press release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations Office of Near East University, Asst. Prof. Dr. Huriye Gürdallı represented the Near East University at the conference with her presentation on “Gated States in the Walled City Nicosia”.Asst. Prof. Dr. Huriye Gürdallı, Head of the Department of Interior Design, presented her study on the first day of the conference. In her presentation, she discussed how the ideological discourses and practices affect the space and how the space affects the ideological decision and applications. Ledra Street’s alterations in historical process were discussed as well. The spatial changes in the historical process regarding Ledra Street and Buffer Zone, which is colloquially known as the Green Line and divides Nicosia and houses the gates between two states, constituted the sample of the conceptual study. The conference provided platform for participants that involved in architecture, urban planning, sociology, history, economics and anthropology to discuss urban transformation with an interdisciplinary perspective. Unplanned urbanization and legalization of unregistered settlements were discussed in depth. In keynote speeches, it was underlined that unregistered urban structuring was emerged as an academic concept in 1970s and took place in the workforce and poverty reports of ILO. It was noted that the socio-economic policies of the governments empowered the illegal unplanned settlements. It was highlighted that unregistered and unplanned settlements had been defined as an urgent urban problem in Turkey waiting for a solution to transform into more healthy and livable urban areas. The socio-spatial transformation of Ayazma and Sulukule and the spatial transformation of Istanbul by actualizing the projects regarding the construction of the new airport, the third bridge and canal in the line of the discourse of AKP government were sampled by urban plans. After her presentation, Asst. Prof. Dr. Huriye Gürdallı extended her thanks to Near East University administration for their significant support and to the Deanery of Faculty of Architecture for encouraging the presentation of her scientific study at an international platform.
It was revealed that the NEU Faculty of Architecture was successfully represented at two significant congresses. According to the press info release from the Directorate of Press and Public Relations of Near East University, NEU Faculty of Architecture was successfully represented at the symposium themed as “ Interdisciplinary Approaches in Interior Design” by the Academic Member of Department of Interior Design, Şefika Karaderi Özsoy, with her presentation titled as “ The impact of psychological factors on interior design of the preschool education institutions”. In her presentation Şefika Karaderi Özsoy said: ” Architecture and interior design are a field that do not exist on their on, but rather operate inter-disciplinarily. Some of these disciplines include urban and regional planning, landscaping, civil engineering, electrical-electronic, sociology, psychology, philosophy, textile, art, sculpture, graphics, ceramics and fine arts. My presentation considers and comprises all of the above disciplines and emphasises that in order to reach the most effective course of design, one needs to work interdisciplinary and be aware of the essence of integrating interdisciplinary approaches into interior design.” Further to the above, the NEU Faculty of Architecture was also successfully represented at the 1st International Engineering, Architecture and Design Congress, which was held at Kocaeli. Academic Member of the NEU Faculty of Architecture, Çimen Özburak, represented the Near East University with her presentation titled as “The scrutinisation of the Certificate criteria of ecological structure in relation to Pre-School Education Centres and the construction of local criteria for the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.”