Working together with youth to create a sustainable future for all...
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)
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...
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.
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.
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 |
Creativity & Sustainability Workshop, Part II: Architectural Photography
Creativity & Sustainability Days
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
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
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.
Project time table:
All photos © 2011 Green Lion Association
|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
April 26, 2011
April 27, 2011
April 28, 2011