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Welcome Note from The Mayor of Istanbul

Welcome Note from Conference Chair

Dear Friends,

We are happy to invite you to the 14th International Planning History Society Conference to be held in Istanbul, between the dates July 12-15, 2010, in a place which has been the cradle of civilisations with thousand years of history and a geographical focal point of all humanity.

The conference will address the theme of “Urban Transformation: Controversies, Contrasts and Challenges”. Urban transformation, as one of the major issues throughout planning history, has been attached new dimensions within the context of rapid globalization especially during the last two decades. It is of major importance today to share professional and academic knowledge and expertise across the world
in order to deal with controversies, contrasts and challenges that cities have been facing for a sustainable future.

Istanbul, one of the largest cities in the world, once the focal point of the worldwide trading, and capital city for Byzantine, Roman, and Ottoman Empires, and chosen as European Capital of Culture for 2010 has been in transition throughout its more than four thousand years of history. The choice of Istanbul as the conference city provides an excellent venue for the conference theme with its massive expansion and transformation processes throughout its history to explore different aspects of transformation in planning history not only for Istanbul but also across the world. We hope that the IPHS 2010 Istanbul Conference will contribute to discussing and giving feedback to urban transformation issues.

We look forward to welcoming you at the 14th International Planning History Society Conference in Istanbul to celebrate European Capital of Culture 2010 together.

Prof.Dr.Nuran Zeren Gülersoy
Conference Convenor

Assis.Prof.Dr.Hatice Ayataç
Conference Secretariat