First Summer School Cultural Heritage and Urban Development of the RWTH Aachen University in Istanbul

Summer School Istanbul 2013






By the initiative of the Department of Landscape Architecture (Prof. Dr. Frank Lohrberg, Dipl.-Ing. Axel Timpe) of RWTH Aachen University, the first Summer School for the integration of Cultural Heritage in urban development was held from 20-24 May, 2013.
After four days of intensive work, 35 students from the Faculty of Architecture of the RWTH Aachen University and four Turkish partner universities (Istanbul Technical University, Kadir Has University, Okan University, Bilkent University) have developed visions for the future of the UNESCO world heritage Theodosian land walls.
Apart from the Department of Landscape Architecture, Dr.-Ing. Karsten Ley (former Department of History of Urbanization) and Dipl.-Ing. Michael Kloos (UNESCO Chair for World Cultural and Urban Landscapes) accompanied the Summer School on the part of the RWTH.
After visiting the walls and introductory lectures of local experts, the students developed six different designs for the protection and accessibility of the land walls and for the design of the accompanying urban spaces through intensive, transdisciplinary cooperation. The designs were presented to those active in urban development in a public final presentation.
The eight participating RWTH students will continue to develop these ideas in the context of a one-semester project work.

Photo: Summer School participants from Aachen