The Abandoned 19th-20th c. Rural Architectural Heritage of Ayvalık

04 May 2021 19:00 to 20:30 | Online

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A BIAA Online Lecture with Hasan Sercan Sağlam (Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations - ANAMED).

Tuesday 4th May 2021 | 17:00-18:30 (London UTC+1) | 19:00-20:30 (Ankara UTC+3) | Online

This lecture focuses on the forgotten rural buildings that remained from the former Greek community of Ayvalık, which thrived during the late Ottoman period. However, its residents needed to emigrate as a result of the mandatory population exchange between Greece and Turkey in 1923 after the Turkish War of Independence. Those monuments include not only the renowned monasteries but also chapels, windmills, terraces of wheat agriculture, salt pans and barns around settlement centres as well as on the uninhabited islands. This intertwined agricultural, industrial and sacred landscape of Ayvalık was neither covered by the national legislation nor academic researches up to the present. Therefore, they eventually turned into distant ruin sites that are now at risk due to decay and vandalism.

Hasan Sercan Sağlam completed BSc on Urban and Regional Planning in Istanbul Technical University and did MA on Conservation and Regeneration in the University of Sheffield. He received PhD on Preservation of the Architectural Heritage in Politecnico di Milano. He is a member of Adramytteion Archaeological Field Surveys and Excavations scientific board since 2017. He was a postdoctoral fellow in Kadir Has University Istanbul Studies Center, and part-time worked in Medipol University. He is currently a BIAA-ANAMED joint postdoctoral fellow.

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