Green Lion Association
Green Lion Academy for Sustainable Human Development

Green Lion Association

Working together with youth to create a sustainable future for all...

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Photo left: Arkent, Turkey's most sustainable town where 70% of residences utilize solar heating. (© 2015 John H. Goldman). Photo right: Photovoltaic panels at Hacettepe University, Ankara. (© 2014 Ipek Yurdadoğan)

About Green Lion
Green Lion is a non-profit civil society organization committed to creating a sustainable future for humanity. We have been working for more than 30 years on a diverse range of social and technical development projects and programs with the aim of developing an awareness on the challenges of the environment. Our experience has shown us that the most effective path to a sustainable future goes through human development. It is for this reason that we will be serving the global public as the Green Lion Academy for Sustainable Development as of 2015. We will be presenting a diverse range of on-line courses focusing on developing the creative as well as technical skills of individuals from all over the globe enabling them to develop the required skills to handle the challenges of sustainability.

Our new video "Another Sustainability Nightmare: Destruction of Architectural Heritage in Ankara" will be online soon...

We had produced our video "Destruction of Pink Beauty: Abuse of Technology" in 2014 and were about to publish it immediately but decided to postpone it. The reason behind this was to wait and observe if the motive behind the destruction of Pink Beauty (architectural heritage) was commercial or not. Destruction of cultural heritage can not be accepted, what ever the reason. Usually, the motive behind such a destruction is profit: destroy the "old" and replace it with a high rise. It becomes a profitable business for investors but a loss for the public. The future of Pink Beauty seemed to be similar, we were expecting a high rise in its place.

But we were wrong. Instead, the site became a garbage dump, and has been empty (no building initiatives yet in sight) since 2014 until to date (December 2015). If the intention was not to build a new high rise, why destroy a structurally "sound" (strong) and aesthetic building ? The answer has become obvious during the year 2015 when several other cultural heritage buildings in Ankara have been destroyed like Pink Beauty. This is unfortunately not about business or profits but an initiative with the sole intention to destroy cultural heritage, no matter what the social, cultural, economic or spiritual consequences. This is, in a way, an act of terrorism carried out through (the destruction of) buildings: actually, not very surprising given Turkey's current state of affairs...

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Green Lion and several local NGOs throughout the country came together on September 20, 2015 to organize bike rallies to promote the use of bicycles in urban environments.

4 Species Living in Urban Environments. A film by: John H. Goldman.© 2015 Green Lion Acad.
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Photos above: Scenes from our upcoming film "Destruction of Pink Beauty: Abuse of Technology".

Part I of our "Sustainable Living, Sustainable Architecture & Sustainable Cities" film series is now on-line.

Sustainable Living, Sustainable Architecture & Sustainable Cities (SLAC) film series consist of 21 short videos. The first episode "4 Species Living in Urban Environments" is now available for screening on our website and on Youtube.

The challenges of sustainability are extensive and diverse. To handle all the challenges, we need a new and creative approach to sustainability. The aim of the SLAC film series is to broaden the perspective of the public and open up new dimensions to the work of architects, planners, designers, legislators and investors who are responsible for creating the future of the built environment.

Hakan Yurdadogan giving a presentation at the Creativity & Art Workshop, Bilkent University on March 2015
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Photos & Videos: Zeyneb Onsiper & Ipek Yurdadogan

Creativity & Art Workshop, Bilkent University, October 2015, March 2015
By: Hakan Yurdadoğan

Building on the success of the Creativity & Sustainability Workshops carried out in November 2014, the Creativity & Art Workshop created the opportunity for participants to develop their understanding on how individual perception and feelings can be transformed into architectural & artistic concepts and how these concepts in turn may be utilized to create three dimensional spaces and art objects. The simple and effective creativity development technique developed by Mr. Yurdadogan was most welcome by the 120+ students of the Department of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design who participated in the mini workshop on March 9.

Contest: Art & Sustainability
Submission Date: 17.1.2014

Participants will be presenting a research on how art can be used as a medium to promote sustainability. Participants are free to use text, audio-visual material or a combination of both to express their ideas/research. Please click here to access submissions which have been chosen for publication on our web site.

Creativity & Sustainability Workshop, Bilkent University, November 2014
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Creativity & Sustainability Workshop, Part II: Architectural Photography
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Photos & Videos: Zeyneb Onsiper & Ipek Yurdadogan

Creativity & Sustainability Days
By: Hakan Yurdadoğan

-Presentation: Creativity & Sustainability (Part I). Date/Time: 17.11.2014 / 13:40. Location: Hall FFB 06, Faculty of Art,Design & Architecture, Bilkent University, Ankara
-Workshop: The Creative Process in Design. Date/Time: 17.11.2014 / 15:30-17:30. Location: Studio FF310, Interior Design Department,
-Presentation: Creativity & Sustainability (Part I). Date/Time: 19.11.2014 / 10:40. Location: Room FF110, Fine Arts Department,
-Presentation: Creativity & Sustainability (Part I). Date/Time: 21.11.2014 / 10:40. Location: Room FF110, Fine Arts Department,
-Presentation & Discussion: Creativity & Sustainability (Part II)- Architectural Photography. Date/Time: 25.11.2014 / 13:40. Location: Hall FFB 06, Faculty of Art,Design & Architecture, Bilkent University, Ankara


Handling the challenges of sustainability requires creative approaches to technical as well as socio-political issues. Hence the need for developing methodologies and tools to develop creativity of students as well as professionals.

The Creativity & Sustainability Days Program created by Mr. Yurdadogan in collaboration with Bilkent University Department of Interior Architecture and the Student Photography Club enabled the participation of more than 200 students and teaching staff between November 17-25, 2014. The presentations, discussions & workshops created a platform for discussing factors which influence and limit creativity & innovation as well as intoducing "tools" that help initiate the creative process.

Update (27.11.2014): Feedback received from both students and teaching staff confirm the positive contribution of the program to how students perceive their environment and their responsibilities in designing the built environment. The simple but unique tools introduced at the presentations have proven to be effective instruments for unleashing the creative skills of individuals.

Highlights From Some Of Our Past Activities:

Product Design and Sustainability.
A presentation by: Prof. Efecem Kütük, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Date/Time: 04 July 2014, 15:40
Location: Room FF 110, Department of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design, Bilkent University

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Photos above: Prof. Kütük discussing with students and volunteers ways of promoting sustainability. © 2014 I.Yurdadogan

Climate Change and the Built Environment: Designing with nature as adaptation strategy against impacts of heat waves.
A presentation by: Dr. John Odhiambo Onyango, University of Miami
Date/Time: 22 May 2014, 13:40
Location: Room FF 05, Department of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design, Bilkent University

Abstract: Great strides have been made in the area of reduction in CO2 emissions and energy use in buildings over the last couple of decades. The results have been mixed, with some indicating improvements in energy consumption of green buildings over conventional ones, suggesting that greening has a positive impact on both resource use and human well-being. However, there have been other studies that have revealed contradictory results indicating that not all green buildings perform as well as would have been expected and in some cases worse than conventional buildings. It raises questions relating to the causal reasons for the disparities that exist even between the similar building types and sizes themselves: What is the effect of the improvement in envelope construction versus operational management, user behavior, user satisfaction and indoor environmental quality (IEQ)? Are current models used in measuring the performances and user satisfaction of the impact of greening buildings robust? Scholars are beginning to question the approach taken currently to measure the performances of buildings due to greening, citing lack of aggregated data; small samples used and suggesting a new one that requires thinking outside the box is needed. The healthcare system is an area where energy use in buildings can borrow a leaf, as there are examples of how outbreaks of health problems have been studied and contained. One approach is to expand the concept of continual health monitoring and analysis of energy demand and use in buildings to enable the understanding of the causal links to well-being if any of the 3D characteristics of the buildings, the impact of the local contexts (urban or rural), user behavior, energy profiles and IEQ metrics of the buildings. The talk will present some preliminary experimental and analysis of sample data collected from various residential buildings in Miami, FL and Ankara, Turkey.

Keywords: Living Walls, Energy Use Intensity, Volumetric Energy Use Intensity, simulation, dynamic facades

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Photos (above): Dr. Onyango giving his speech at Bilkent University. © 2014 M.H.Yurdadogan

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Photo (left): Bilkent Architecture Department students working on a joint project. Photo (right): UNV officer discussing volunteerism with art contest participants. © 2012 Green Lion Assoc.
Art Competition, May 2012

Green Lion Association and United Nations Volunteers (UNV) are partnering in organizing an art competition in Ankara to promote volunteerism and environmental awareness among university students. 100 students will be participating with their installation art works in this first of its kind art competition. The art works will be submitted by May 2012 and will be on diplay at the virtual (on-line) Green Lion Art Gallery.

You can find more information about the competition on the UNDP / UN Volunteers website and the "winners" webpage.

Project time table:
Application for competition: March 12, 2012
Submission of initial ideas and concept board: April 25, 2012
Submission of final art work: May 2, 2012

Dr.Zaim.Mr. Hasan Özkoç
Dr.Demirköz.Mr. M. Hakan
Mr. Fuat Basık.Film Screening
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Sustainability and Energy Resources Seminar

The Sustainability and Energy Resources Seminar organized jointly by the Bilkent University Science and Art Society and the Green Lion Association took place at Bilkent University in Ankara between the dates April 25-28, 2011. The seminar gave students a chance to discuss a diverse range of sustainability issues with academics and specialists in the field.

April 25, 2011
After a brief introduction by Science and Art Society President Mr. Fuat Basık (photo 5), UNDP Programme Manager Dr. Katalin Zaim made the opening remarks (photo 1). Following Dr. Zaim's remarks, Green Lion Association Director Mr. Hakan Yurdadogan gave a presentation on sustainable architecture (photo 4).

April 26, 2011
Dr. M. Bilge Demirköz, professor at Middle East Technical University, Physics Department (formerly Particle Physics Expert at CERN, Switzerland), gave a presentation on sustainability and energy resources and discussed the limitations and benefits of nuclear energy (photo 3).

April 27, 2011
Students came together at the Interior Architecture Department to screen the film: Garbage Warrior by Oliver Hodge. The works of architect Michael Reynolds gave the students a chance to discuss the benefits and limitations of using recycled materials in building sustainable buildings (photo 6).

April 28, 2011
Mr. Hasan Özkoç from the EU Delegation to Turkey gave a presentation on the energy policies of the EU and discussed EU's approach to nuclear energy after the Fukushima incident. (photo 2).

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