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Mittelmeerland 6

Thursday 29 January – Sunday 8 February 2015

Mittelmeerland is investigating the future of the Mediterranean. Over three years we travelled 5 different Mediterranean cities. Izmir is the final destination after Dubrovnik, Tangier, Beirut, Algiers and Alexandria. We will study the dynamic territory of Izmir's coastline, the renewal of the current industrial port, the planning of the new port and the mutual dependencies of land and water along the coast. The Mediterranean Sea is not only situated between continents, but also acts as a historical and contemporary centre and border zone. The social, economic and political dynamics of this zone are complex and diverse. The port of İzmir is the biggest container port of turkey; with its central location between West Europe and North Africa and strong hinterland, it is not only the agricultural and commercial centre of Aegean Region but it also plays a very significant role for Turkish export products. The current container port reached its capacity; the construction of the new port is in conflict sensitive sea ground. How will Izmir act in the Mediterranean context? What does changing and shaping mean for the 1:1 everyday spaces and uses? How to act under the sea?

Prominent Features of the workshop

We will work on five areas along the coastline analyzing existing conditions and future projections, playfully utilizing small-scale phenomena, translating found conditions into large-scale urban interventions and envisioning future changes. We will produce architectural portraits, urban narrations and imaginative collages, which ultimately will feature in a publication of the workshop's research on various waterfront cities around the Mediterranean.

During the workshop a one-day symposium will be held. Its purpose is to examine how the Mediterranean region can position itself as a ’territory’, one that is based on climatic and economic conditions, and subject to specific social, political and spatial dynamics and experiences.

Speakers and visiting teachers will include: Chris Pierce, Tomas Klassnik, Burcu Kütükcüoglu, Mehmet Kütükcüoglu, Murat Tabanlioglu, Yelta Köm, Ibai Rigby, Karoline Liedtke, Selva Gürdogan, Gregers Thomsen among others.

Izmir Mimarlik Merkesi
1474 sok. No:9 35220 Alsancak - İZMİR


1) You can make an application by completing the online application found under ‘Links and Downloads’ on the AA Visiting School page. If you are not able to make an online application, email  visitingschool@aaschool.ac.uk for instructions to pay by bank transfer. 

2) Once you complete the online application and make a full payment, you are registered to the programme. A CV or a portfolio is not required.

The deadline for applications is: 15 January 2015.

All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required, and are advised to contact their home embassy early. After payment of fees, the AA School can provide a letter confirming participation in the workshop.


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £695 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee. Should you wish to enhance your membership, a Subscribing Membership is available at an additional £70 (£130 in total), full details of which can be found at: https://www.aaschool.ac.uk/MEMBERSHIP/JOIN/becomeamember.php

Fees do not include flights or accommodation, but accommodation options can be advised. Students need to bring their own laptops, digital equipment and model making tools. Please ensure this equipment is covered by your own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen at the workshop.


The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, phd candidates and young professionals. Software Requirements: Adobe Creative Suite, CAD

We are always interested in professionals and teachers from other universities doing related research projects. If you like to get involved or wish to participate with your students, please contact us: mittelmeerland@gmail.com 


Programme Directors
Medine Altiok
Stephanie Tunka

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

T +44 20 7887 4014
F +44 20 7414 0782

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