Aim of the Symposium

In recent years, the environmental discourse has increasingly became important in every discipline formulating development theories, models, and policies, especially under the rubric of sustainable development. “Sustainability” is a key issue that aims the coexistence of the communities in future centuries. In that context, all of the activities to produce long term solutions for coexistence and qualified life of human, and the improvement of the environment without damaging the ecosystem balances is the goal of sustainable building design. Environment is the collection of physical, chemical, biological and social factors that affect the activity and movement of organic and inorganic elements with economical and humanity values. Building is a part of the environment as well, and during a building’s existence, it maintains its relation with the local and global environments. In this context, an environmental conscious sustainable building should secure the coexistence of the organic and inorganic groups making arrangements not to break the balance of the ecosystem, bring human health into safety, and provide economic use of resources.

The goal of sustainable building design is to provide appropriate environments for the users in terms of qualitative, quantitative, physical and psychological indicators. Sustainable building should be defined with the aspects of ecological, economical, social and cultural sustainability. In this context, ecological sustainability creates scenarios related to the conservation of resources and ecosystem, economical sustainability relating to usability of resources in long term and decreasing the usage costs, social and cultural sustainability relating to provision of human health and comfort, and conservation of social and cultural values. It is aimed to introduce and discuss future oriented previsions, to scope out, and to provide new expansions on the fields of “sustainable buildings and environment”, “sustainable planning”, “energy and environment”, “environmental pollution control and auditing” and “environmental policies and practices” in the symposium in which these scenarios will be evaluated.

Subjects of the Symposium

1- Sustainable Buildings and Environment

Sustainability – Building Interaction
Sustainable Building Technologies
Construction and Management of Sustainable Buildings
Sustainable Building Materials
Sustainable Design Approaches

2- Sustainable Planning

Sustainability – Urban / Rural Planning Interaction
Urbanization and Environmental Problems
Rehabilitation of Urban Areas
Urban Transformation
Cultural / Historical Heritage and Environment
Landscape Planning

3- Energy and Environment

Energy Efficient Building Design and Production
Microclimate Auditing
Building Performance Assessment
Renewable Energy Resources
Life Cycle Assessment
Environmental Product Declarations
Simulation Programs

4- Environmental Pollution Control and Auditing

Global Climate Change
Air / Water / Soil / Noise Pollution
Ecological Pollution
Conservation of Resources
Biological Diversity
Waste Management

5- Environmental Policies and Practices

Environmental Sciences and Technologies
Environmental Consciousness and Information Systems
Environment and Human Health
Act, Regulation, Strategy, Principle and Standards
Environmental Economy / Training / Management / Law
Local Authorities and Environment
Environmental Aspect in International Relations