The project “Negotiation of Differences in the Shared Urban Space” aimed at the collaborative publication of essay collection that encompasses various insights on the Armenians’ and Turks’ experiences of sharing common urban space, negotiating differences, endeavoring to attain or seize space for representation of belonging, identity, history, power, etc.
A city is a space where numerous national, family and personal stories, memories, visions meet. Istanbul, Kars, Ani, Diyarbakir among others, are cities in Turkey where Armenians, Turks, and other ethnic groups lived/live side by side. The cities have different meanings for each of them. Different perspectives of the places, diverse sights to the cities, a strive for a right to the places have continuously nurtured negotiation of differences and the endeavors for gaining a space for own culture, voice, memory, story, and representation.
The essays involved in the book discuss the negotiation of the differences in the shared urban spaces from the perspectives of architecture, urban planning, literature, musicology and travel experiences.
The language of the presentation will be English.
You can find more information about the project at https://sharedurbanspacesite.wordpress.com/about/.
On September 13, 2018, Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development (UFSD) hosted a workshop on “Exchange of Best Practices in Plastic Waste Management between Armenia- and Turkey-based CSOs and Practitioners.” The workshop is part of a project that contributes to the development of cooperation between environmentalists, waste management practitioners, businesses and local authorities of Armenia and Turkey through sharing best practices in plastic waste management. The grantee, Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development in partnership with the Union of Diyarbakir Young Businessmen organized a 1-day workshop in Diyarbakir with participation of 20 representatives of local authorities, plastic waste management practitioners, environmental CSOs, businesses in the field of plastic waste separation and recycling from Armenia and Turkey. The workshop was followed by a study visit to Plastic Waste Recycling Plant in Diyarbakir, as well as a follow-up exchange workshop in Yerevan. Based on the results of the study visit and workshops UFSD will produce a booklet on the best practices of plastic waste management in Armenia and Turkey. The project will result in an increased awareness of stakeholders of the plastic waste management practiced on the other side of the border, as well as will provide an opportunity for networking between practitioners and businesses focusing on plastic waste management. Representatives of local authorities may consider replicating the best practices in plastic waste management in their own communities.
This activity took place within the framework of the Sub-grants Scheme implemented by Eurasia Partnership Foundation as part of the “Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalization Process” programme, funded by the European Union and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.