Location: Turkey, Black Sea Region
Years: 2016 – 2017
Type: Post-Doctoral Fellowship
Research Fellow: Dr. Ender Peker
The project focuses on the way(s) which the formation of urban built environment responds to the local climatic conditions in the Black Sea littoral region. The project particularly aims to explore the challenges of climate responsive urban development in the region through a case study of Rize, a typical Black Sea city challenging with frequent urban flooding events. Adopting a socio-technical approach, the research explores technical inadequacies/gaps in the current urban built environment as well as locally emerged requirements in urban neighbourhoods and social responses to ever-increasing precipitation in the city. While doing that, the research emphasizes the trilateral relationships between (1) the production of urban space, (2) local climatic conditions and (3) the ways which citizens respond and/or adopt to climatic conditions and also the consequences generated within and by the designed/produced urban built environment.
A monograph including a set of urban design guidelines for the future development of Black Sea cities.
Ender Peker is an urbanist specialising in climate responsive urban design, in particular the ways in which the built environment is co-produced by technical rules, regulations and codes that seek to order urban life in deference to inhabitants’ socio-ecologic values. Ender holds a PhD from University of Reading, UK. His PhD research entitled “Provision of Urban Thermal Comfort: A Socio-Technical Approach to Climate Responsive Urban Design”, developed a design approach that integrates the technical knowledge regarding climate sensitivity with the social knowledge generated within and by local communities. His current research focuses on challenges of climate responsive urban development in the context of Black Sea Climate through a case study of Rize, a typical Black Sea city challenging with frequent urban flooding events.
Fields of Expertise: Climate Responsive Design, Urban Design, Socio-Technical Research