CONSIDER has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement No:101008186
Constanze von Wrangel
Damla Muhcu Yılmaz
Dr. Andrew M. Law
Dr. Birge Yıldırım Okta
Dr. John Pendlebury
Dr. Rachel Gottesman
Dr. Stefan Berger
Dr. Suzie Thomas
Irem Ince Keller
Bahanur Nasya and Yilmaz Vurucu's collaborative research for the CONSIDER project investigates how to preserve the industrial heritage and create catalogues informing others and future generations about the heritage value. Their research explores the film archive in Newcastle and their preservation catalogue, how their work impacted the cultural heritage field, and how it created opportunities for newcomers from the creative scene to find the context, story, setting, values, and identities for their work.
*About the researcher: Bahanur Nasya is an architect, researcher, and film producer. She has studied in Vienna and Barcelona where she has specialized in sustainable architecture and future proof development concepts. She is working in different international projects (EU funded), with the aim to support communities throughout Europe to valorise their heritage collectively, to serve everyone and not just selected few. She combines resarch with creating knowledge sharing products (manuals, films, stories, webinars, and training). Within the CONSIDER project, she explores the injustice or justice aspects with heritage revitalisation and re-use.
Batuhan Akkaya focuses on the public amenities of the industrial heritage sites for the CONSIDER project and is interested in exploring inclusive and evidence-based approaches for provisioning inclusive public amenities in industrial heritage sites.
*About the researcher: Urbanist with a focus on culture and sustainable development in the planning and design sphere. He worked with public, private, civil society organizations and communities. He coordinated EU research projects, carried out social impact assessment reports for projects in historical urban areas, developed strategic plans for local and regional administrations, conducted revitalization projects and design guidelines for historic districts, and developed innovative public places to support civic participation. He recently coordinated the "Yeldeğirmeni Heritage Site Urban Design Guidelines" in Istanbul and conducted "Cultural Heritage as a Resource for Resilience in the Climate Crisis in Turkey" research project for the Union of Historical Towns of Turkey. After working for Kadıköy Municipality, Kentsel Strateji and ÇEKÜL foundation he co-founded Urban.koop. He has an MS in urban design from Istanbul Technical University and a BS in urban planning from Yildiz Technical University. He participated in the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program and the Special Program for Urban and Regional Studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is concurrently studying at Central European University Cultural Heritage Studies Master Program.
Constanze von Wrangel is conducting research on the evolution of a bottom-up process at a former industrial site as part of the CONSIDER project. She is examining both the opportunities and challenges that have arisen over the past decades, as well as the conflicting developments, using the WUK in Vienna as a case study.
*About the researcher: Constanze von Wrangel studied geography and political science at the University of Münster and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in geography. Her final thesis dealt with the plannability of creative milieus in urban neighborhoods using the example of the Dortmund U and the surrounding districts. She then moved to the University of Bremen and graduated with an M.A. in Urban and Regional Development at the Institute of Geography. Her research interests during this time were cluster and innovation policy, European regional policy and municipal economic development to promote structurally weak neighborhoods and regions. She was a student assistant at the Centre for Regional and Innovation Economics at the University of Bremen. Her methodological interest focused very early on qualitative social research. For both, her bachelor and master theses she worked with narrative interviews and was involved in a comprehensive qualitative research project on the significance of cultural events in disadvantaged urban districts. As a PhD student at the Institute for Social Movements at the Ruhr University in Bochum, she is currently engaged in a dissertation on the significance of industrial heritage for regional identity formation in the Ruhr region. On the one hand, her research is based on the official narratives about the Ruhr that are communicated at the sites of industrial heritage. On the other hand, she deals with the narratives "from below", as they appear in oral interviews with residents from the Ruhr region. The different narratives can be interdependent, complementary, or even contradictory.
As part of the CONSIDER project, Damla Muhcu Yılmaz investigates the question of how the potential of Industrial Heritage can be revealed in reaching cities' climate goals on energy efficiency. Her research involves a comparative study.
About the researcher: Damla Muhcu Yılmaz is an MSc Forest Industry Engineer and a Museum Management Specialist with a focus on climate change, energy efficiency, and citizen engagement. She has been holding the position of Projects Manager at Municipality of Kadıköy, Project Management Office, for at least seven years. She took an active role in preparing the “Kadıköy Municipality Sustainable Energy and Climate Adaptation Plan (SECAP)” in 2017-2018. Additionally, she has carried out various projects relevant to climate change and adaptation topics such as energy efficiency, energy communities, and citizen engagement. Currently, she is responsible for coordinating the Municipal side of the "Making City: Energy Efficiency Pathway for Urban Transformation" and the "PROPEL: Positive PED locals " project.
Dr. Andrew M Law and Qianqian Qin's collaborative research for the CONSIDER project focuses on the role of industrial historical imaginaries, memory and nostalgia in the construction of the urban branding of Hanyang. Specifically, they investigate the way the local government has utilized imaginaries of the past – including those relating to Zhang Zhidong – to create a new economic, social, cultural and political urban narrative for the area.
*About the researcher: Andrew M. Law, PhD, MA, BA, is a Senior Lecturer in Town Planning at Newcastle University, UK. His research mainly relates to the uses of the past, historical discourses, historical imaginaries, golden ages, historical simulacra, collective memory, nostalgia, and heritage. He has published articles and book chapters on built architectural conservation, townscapes, Mock or Faux-Tudor, the historical and green urban branding of Chinese cities (including Jining, Shanghai, Wuhan and Xi’an), colonial nostalgia in China, absent-present heritage on the Yangtze River and papers relating to tourism and heritage in China. In the last eleven years, Andrew has become an enthusiastic student of Chinese cultural studies and Chinese urban studies.
Dr. Birge Yıldırım Okta, in connection with the CONSIDER project, is investigating the ecological potential of post-industrial railway heritage. In her research, she plans to propose successional stages for creating green habitat corridors, conserving wildlife habitats, and implementing rainwater harvesting. She will conduct a comparative study of environmental factors at several sites, including Newcastle, Forth Banks and Goods Station in Newcastle, and Haydarpaşa Railway Station in Istanbul.
*About the researcher: Dr. Birge Yıldırım Okta is a practising architect, researcher and founder of the architectural office, OKTAA. She holds an academic position as a senior lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool School of Art and Design. She worked as an associate professor at Kadir Has University (2019-2021), and as an assistant professor (2014-2017) at Istanbul Technical University, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Landscape Architecture, where she got her PhD degree (2014). She completed her research on local public space and niche theory at Columbia University, Department of Philosophy as a postdoctoral researcher with the TUBITAK Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. She was a special student at Harvard University, Graduate School of Design (2012-2013). She completed her MSc at Istanbul Technical University, Department of Architecture, History of Architecture. During her master’s studies, she was a visiting student at Universidade do Minho, Portugal. Her research and teaching interests include urban history, urban design, landscape design and architectural design. She has publications, conference talks, workshops, and exhibitions regarding these topics. She has won design awards from national and international competitions. Her works were exhibited in international and national exhibitions.
As a part of the CONSIDER project, Prof. Dr. John Pendlebury is investigating the management of industrial heritage at a landscape scale by using a landscape approach to its management. His research has focused upon developing an understanding of the pioneering approaches undertaken in the Ruhr Valley, and specifically Zollverein. His ultimate aim is to relate this to practice in the UK (e.g. Blaenavon, Teesside) and, potentially, China (e.g. Qingdao).
*About the researcher: John Pendlebury is Professor of Urban Conservation, School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape, Newcastle University. He teaches and researches on issues of heritage, conservation, development, planning and governance. Principal publications include Conservation in the Age of Consensus(2009) and the edited collections Valuing Historic Environments (2009 with Lisanne Gibson) and Alternative Visions of Post-War Reconstruction: Creating the Modern Townscape (2015 with Erdem Erten and Peter Larkham). His most recent book, with Jules Brown, is Conserving the Historic Environment (2021). Current interests include adaptive reuse and industrial heritage.
Within the scope of the CONSIDER project, Dr. Rachel Gottesman aims to explore the industrial and urban changes of the city through the case study of Istanbul's ancient ports, which can offer a unique perspective on industrial development and heritage. She is interested in examining the reciprocal relations between the city and the port and the differences between metropolitan ports (Istanbul) and provincial ones (Haifa).
*About the researcher: Dr. Rachel Gottesman is a historian specializing in Mediterranean studies, environmental history and spatial theory. Her PhD, awarded by Tel Aviv University, offered a spatial analysis of ancient maritime networks. She held a postdoctoral position at Haifa University and was head of the Research Lab at the Liebling Huse Tel Aviv. Gottesman was a Co-Curator for the 2021 Israeli Pavilion at the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale, and edited the exhibition's research catalog, which won the DAM Architectural Book Award for 2021. Gottesman publishes fiction and non-fiction in the fields of history, spatiality, architecture and literature and teaches at the Department of Architecture at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Jerusalem.
Prof. Dr. Stefan Berger brings together the fields of deindustrialization studies, heritage studies and memory studies together to write a global history of memory landscape of industrial cities and regions. In connection with the CONSIDER project, he focuses on the memory landscape of industrial heritage in Istanbul.
*About the researcher: Stefan Berger is Professor of Social History and Director of the Institute for Social Movements at Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum. He is also Executive Chair of the Foundation History of the Ruhr and Honorary Professor at Cardiff University in the UK. Before taking up his current position in 2011 he was Professor of German and Comparative European History at the University of Manchester (2005 – 2011), Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Glamorgan (2000 – 2005), Senior Lecturer in German History and Vice-Director of the Centre for German History at Cardiff University (1991 – 2000), Lecturer in British Social History at the University of Plymouth (1990/91). Before that he was a PhD student and Rhodes Scholar at Trinity College, University of Oxford, between 1987 and 1990. Before that he studied history, German literature and political science at the University of Cologne in Germany. He was awarded a scholarship of the German National Scholarship Foundation following his A levels that he took in 1983. As a conscientious objector he did his alternative to military service between 1983 and 1985.
Within CONSIDER, Suzie Thomas is investigating (primarily) rural heritage crime with a focus on industrial heritage and its vulnerabilities. She has carried out semi-structured interviews with different stakeholders and is particularly interested in how situational crime prevention (SCP) techniques might apply in the heritage field.
*About the researcher: Suzie Thomas is Professor of Heritage Studies at the University of Antwerp, Belgium (https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/staff/suzie-thomas_22267/). She is particularly interested in heritage crime, so-called 'dark' heritage and non-professional approaches to heritage-making and understanding. In addition to courses on Dark Heritage and Heritage Crime, she teaches courses that look at participatory approaches to heritage in the new MA in Heritage Studies at the University of Antwerp. Suzieis also a founding member of the European Public Finds Recording Network (EPFRN - https://www.helsinki.fi/en/networks/european-public-finds-recording-network). Before joining the University of Antwerp in 2021, Suzie was an Associate Professor in Cultural Heritage Studies at the University of Helsinki, Finland. She holds a BA in Archaeology and Prehistory from the University of Sheffield (UK), and a MA in Heritage Education and Interpretation and a PhD in Heritage Studies from Newcastle University (UK).
For her research in the CONSIDER project, Duygu Kahraman is exploring how industrial heritage shapes the image of a city in the context of gender. In her research, she aims to uncover the evaluations of women's urban experience in heritage conservation practices, with a focus on industrial heritage practices in Kadıköy, Istanbul and the Ruhr region.
*About the researcher: Duygu Kahraman is a sociologist with a focus on urbanization and gender issues. She has a background in sociology and social work. Currently, She has been working as a sociologist in Kadıköy Municipality Social Support Services Directorate Social Service Center for 11 years. She has been involved in many national and international projects in the fields of urban studies, youth studies, and gender studies. She conducted social fabric research with the project team of "Rasimpaşa Conservation Development Plan", "Hasanpaşa Urban Site Development Plan" and "İbrahimağa Urban Site Development Plan". She developed the "Kadıköy Local Equality Action Plan".
As part of the CONSIDER project, Irem Ince Keller is exploring the legal geography of industrial heritage management and its connections to people, place, and legislation for maintaining heritage values. She is particularly interested in exploring the broader impact of laws related to industrial heritage management on society and places.
*About the researcher: Irem Ince Keller is an urban planner, designer, and legal geographer. Working as a researcher and project specialist at the Kadir Has University, Faculty of Art and Design. She is a PhD candidate in Geography at the University of Lausanne (UNIL) in Switzerland, where she is a part of a research team, «IF - Informing Futures» at the Institute of Geography and Sustainability (https://wp.unil.ch/informingfutures/). She has graduated from Yıldız Technical University (Turkey), Department of City and Regional Planning and the Urban Design Master’s program at the Izmir Institute of Technology (IZTECH, Turkey). During and after her MSc. studies, she was a short-term visiting scholar at TU Wien (Austria). She worked as a research assistant at UNIL Institute of Geography and Sustainability and at IZTECH City and Regional Planning Department. Her research interests involve legal geography, urban development, cultural and creative industries, industrial heritage, and urban design. In addition to her role as a researcher, she implements her research ideas by participating in urban design/planning competitions, where she received five awards in professional competitions.
Martin Hulse and Simon Parkin's collaborative research for the CONSIDER project explores the current state of disused railway infrastructure of historic significance within Istanbul and investigates opportunities for adaptation and reuse based on the researchers' experiences with industrial heritage and conservation projects in Northeast England. The collaboration between Newcastle City Council and Tyne and Wear Building Preservation Trust on this project allows for the consideration of how local authorities can work with external organizations to achieve positive outcomes for industrial heritage sites. Their research's key objectives are to build an evidence base outlining the challenges and opportunities faced by those responsible for managing disused railway buildings and infrastructure of historic significance, and to identify possible actions that can be taken by stakeholders.
*About the researcher: Martin is a Project Manager working in regeneration with specialisms in heritage, sustainability and the implementation of public art. He has worked in the public, private and third sectors and now focuses on the work of building preservation trusts and champions the role of small charitable organisations in making a big impact. His role at TWBPT is far-reaching due to the innovative range of projects and the need to generate significant revenue. On behalf of the Trustees, he is responsible for all legal and financial matters creating and managing a turnover of over £750,000. His role in Holly Grew, which is a small consultancy, he often provides emergency support to local churches struggling to undertake capital projects to deal with urgent repairs.
Qianqian Qin and Dr. Andrew M Law's collaborative research for the CONSIDER project focuses on the role of industrial historical imaginaries, memory and nostalgia in the construction of the urban branding of Hanyang. Specifically, they investigate the way the local government has utilized imaginaries of the past – including those relating to Zhang Zhidong – to create a new economic, social, cultural and political urban narrative for the area.
*About the researcher: Qianqian Qin is a Lecturer in Town Planning at Newcastle University, UK. Her main research area is Chinese urban studies. She has done research on the historical and green urban branding of Chinese cities and has published articles on these subjects. She has also conducted research on urban social movement in China, including the Hanfu movement.
Simon Parkin and Martin Hulse's collaborative research for the CONSIDER project investigates the current state of disused railway infrastructure of historic significance within Istanbul and explores opportunities for adaptation and reuse based on the researchers' experiences with industrial heritage and conservation projects in Northeast England. The collaboration between Newcastle City Council and Tyne and Wear Building Preservation Trust on this project allows for the consideration of how local authorities can work with external organizations to achieve positive outcomes for industrial heritage sites. The research's key objectives are to build an evidence base outlining the challenges and opportunities faced by those responsible for managing disused railway buildings and infrastructure of historic significance, and to identify possible actions that can be taken by stakeholders.
*About the researcher: Simon Parkin is a member of Newcastle City Council's Urban Design and Conservation Team, filling the role of Historic Environment Officer. His responsibilities include advising on the conservation and heritage aspects of development proposals in light of statutory regulations and planning policies. Prior to his current role, Simon's interests in environmental history and the conservation of built heritage led to conducting doctoral research, funded by Historic Scotland (now Historic Environment Scotland) and the University of Stirling, that considered the cultural significance and physical deterioration of Scotland's earth-built heritage.
Yilmaz Vurucu and Bahanur Nasya's collaborative research for the CONSIDER project investigates how to preserve the industrial heritage and create catalogues informing others and future generations about the heritage value. Their research explores the film archive in Newcastle and their preservation catalogue, how their work impacted the cultural heritage field, and how it created opportunities for newcomers from the creative scene to find the context, story, setting, values, and identities for their work.
*About the researcher: Yilmaz boasts over 20 years of international experience in creating stories, producing, writing and directing films, documentaries and campaigns. As an award winning filmmaker, his work covers a wide range of subjects, ranging from questioning whether AI can develop human traits in his most recent film, I Feel Human. Again (2023) to sustainable urban development in "the sea in me" (2010), social inclusion and justice in Borders (2011), social inequality, class struggle and family abuse in "Dr. Zack" (2010) and capturing the stories of adaptive heritage re-use in The Open Heritage documentary series (2020). He's currently in post-production on a feature documentary telling the stories of communities transforming historical heritage buildings into socially inclusive projects. He's also researching coercive language techniques utilized by high-control and high-pressure groups for his master’s thesis and artistic project at the Academy of Fine Arts (Vienna). He's active in research and exchange in numerous EU funded projects.