In the framework of extra curricular activities organized by the Department of Architecture on Thursday, April 4, 2015, Prof. Dr. Zeynep Kuban Chair of History of Architecture, Department of Architecture at Istanbul Technical University, was invited to hold an open forum titled “Bizantion, Constatinopolis, Istanbul-Old and New”.
Prior to her presentation, Prof. Dr. Zeynep Kuban had a short meeting with the Dean of Faculty of Architecture and Engineering, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hüseyin Bilgin.
Prof. Dr. Kuban presented the history of urban and architectural development of city of Istanbul from prehistoric period to contemporary challenges. She stressed the fact that the city between west and east, capital of many empires, had undergone drastic urban developments within the frame of political influences. Professor Kuban mentioned that beyond Roman-Byzantine and Ottoman historical layers, which are overlapped one above the other, developing a palimpsest charachter of the city, the urban developments in the republican period of Turkey has produced a metamorphic city.
After the presentation Prof. Dr. Kuban met with lecturers from the Department of Architecture, who introduced her to the premisses of the department, and discussed on further collaboration possibilities.