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Activities

Activities

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Meetings and Publications

The Centre of Mediterranean Urban Studies, within the institutional goals, engaged in various meetings. These are:

- Colloquiums

- Mersin Friends of History Encounters

-Thursday Meetings 



Colloquia 

Centre organizes "Mersin Colloquium in History" every three years. With this event, sharing of new and original works for the Mersin and its district by an interdisciplinary approach is targeted. Colloquia;

-Provide to meet the domestic and foreign experts about Mersin and its’ region at common platform,

- Bring together history, archeology, architecture, urbanism, art history, geography and economics experts’ approaches and assessments from different disciplines for Mersin and its location Mediterranean geography,

-Prepare the ground for the development of new and original studies of Mersin and its’ region, create opportunities of local knowledge, culture and sharing of documents, provide sharing and keeping records of near history of Mersin  and culture of life that told by local personalities and oral information/intangible heritage is nowhere to be registered.



Mersin Friends of History Encounters 

By Mersin Friends of History Encounters, the works and experiences for the city's recent close history of Mersin are aimed to share. 

At the meetings, the issues and volunteers that will work are chosen and these volunteers are supported by Mediterranean Urban Research Centre, on request, on the issues of methods, research and presentation. The studies are mainly chosen about family history, social history, neighborhood history, educational history, entertainment culture, urban development, highland life, etc of Mersin and its district. 



Thursday Meetings

In accordance with responsibilities of Research Centre’s contributing to education, the meetings performed with Restoration and Conservation Centre in Faculty of Architecture, presentations with enriched visual materials and with question-and-response sections, both students and instructors had an interactive sharing platform." 



Urban morphological research

The Centre for Mediterranean Urban Studies aims to contribute to the development of knowledge on urban morphology in Turkey. The Centre acts as the secretary general for Turkish Network of Urban Morphology (TNUM). The first meeting of the Turkish Network of Urban Morphology (TNUM), hosted by the Centre for Mediterranean Urban Studies at Mersin University, Mersin, Turkey took place on 11 April 2014. Researchers shared their studies in the first part of the workshop, and the future of TNUM and possible course of action were discussed. Three aspects may be highlighted. The first is the organi- zational structure of the Network. It was agreed that the Centre for Mediterranean Urban Studies would act as the home of the secretaryship of TNUM. The researchers who took part in the workshop have been formed as a steering committee, of which the chair is Ayşe Sema Kubat, from the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Istanbul Technical University. Her deputy is Tolga Ünlü, from the Department of City and Regional Planning at Mersin University and Director of the Centre for Mediterranean Urban Studies.

Following the Foundation Workshop in April 2014, the first symposium of the Turkish Network of Urban Morphology (TNUM) was hosted by the Centre for Mediterranean Urban Studies at Mersin University. Attracting 56 participants from 19 universities, 35 papers were presented. The top- ics addressed included methods and techniques in urban morphology; planning, architecture, design and their relation to urban form; urban growth and fringe belts; the history of urban form; morpho- logical agencies; public space; typomorphology; and space syntax. This first symposium of TNUM revealed substantial research potential for the study of urban form in different disciplines (notably planning, architecture and geography) and accommodating different approaches and methods. In the concluding session, participants discussed the structure of TNUM and possible collaborations of research- ers both within TNUM and with other regional networks.

The Secretariat of TNUM is based in the Centre for Mediterranean Urban Studies at Mersin University. The next symposium will take place in 2018 in Istanbul organized by Istanbul Technical University.

Apart from being the secretary general of TNUM, Centre for Mediterranean Urban Studies carried on urban morphological research, funded by TUBITAK (National Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey), with a grant number 113K131. In the research project, the morphological processes within urban development of Mersin were analyzed throughout the entire city at a city-wide scale and Çamlıbel, Pozcu and north Mersin at district-wide scales.