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Yunt Talks #1: Murat Güvenç

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Yunt Talks #1: Murat Güvenç
Yunt Talks #1: Murat Güvenç

Time & Location

Nov 18, 2023, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

YUNT, Hasanpaşa, Fatih Blv. No: 33, 34920 Sultanbeyli/Istanbul, Türkiye

About The Event

The city, which has been the representation area of civilization since ancient times, appears as a phenomenon whose borders become blurred with the constant change of the physical and social environment. Dynamics such as construction and infrastructure activities, population mobility, environmental sustainability concerns, economic developments and technological advances make it necessary to think about the city. The complex structure of the city shaped by different dynamics brings with it the need to redefine the city. Making this definition has the potential to both understand continuity and changes and project the future of the city while evaluating the development of the city from past to present.

"Where is the City?" by YUNT The speech program titled "Rethinking the Boundaries of the City" prepared within the scope of the exhibition aims to popularize the practices of thinking about the city in the sessions to be moderated by Prof. Dr. Eva Şarlak.

Within the scope of the speech program, speakers will discuss the city's borders from different aspects. Each session will take place under a separate subheading and a reading recommendation will be shared with the participants before the session.

The transformation of the city and its borders will first be examined by focusing on the definition of these two concepts.

Different approaches to the city will be discussed, and today's metropolitan reality will be exemplified by referring to the works in the exhibition.


Prof. Dr. Murat Güvenç was born in Istanbul in 1953. IstanbulSt. After graduating from St. Joseph French High School, he completed his undergraduate degree at METU Faculty of Architecture, Department of Urban and Regional Planning in 1976. He completed his master's and doctoral studies in the same program and received the title of Doctor in 1991. His doctoral study, which included the industrial geography of Istanbul, was deemed worthy of the METU Mustafa Parlar thesis award. Prof., who works as a faculty member at Istanbul Bilgi University, apart from METU City and Regional Planning Department. Dr. Güvenç curated the Istanbul 1920–2010 exhibition with the theme of social and economic geography in the project supported by the Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture Agency.

Professor, who serves as the Director of Kadir Has University Istanbul Studies Center. Dr. Güvenç teaches Political Parties and Voting Behaviour, Local Governments, The City, Data Visualization and Verbalization courses as a visiting professor at his university and Boğaziçi University. Additionally, between 2006 and 2011, he taught Urban Sociology and Data Analysis as a guest lecturer at Boğaziçi University, Department of Sociology. Prof. Güvenç took part in the Ankara Structural Plan team in 2015 and attended the Architectural Design Master's Program established at Istanbul Bilgi University in 2005. Additionally, he worked as a manager and researcher in various projects. He speaks French and English.

Reading/Source Recommendations:

  • Erder, S. (2023) New Generation Populism and Urban Tension: Pendik Example . Istanbul: İletişim Publications.
  • Erder, S. (2022) Urban Tension . Ankara: Umag Publications.

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