On November 21, the Department of Urban Design and Landscape Architecture held a workshop on campus sustainability in collaboration with Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University of Dammam, Saudi Arabia.
Five faculty members and 24 students from LAUD collaborated with 4 faculty members and 11 students from Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University’s College of Architecture and Planning, who visited Bilkent for the occasion.
At the start of the workshop, the students were given a list with 18 keywords: energy, food, materials, governance, investment, wellness, willingness, curriculum, interpretation, aesthetics–arts, mobility–movement, water, waste, recycle, flora–fauna, density–intensity, actors–roles and patterns–practices. Teams made up of five to six students from both universities were asked to choose five keywords from this list, and produce a “mind map” of related terms. The final products were “sustainability prisms” that reflected multiple facets of the chosen topics.
The workshop was accompanied by an exhibition of senior projects by Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University students, and closed with a reception during which certificates of appreciation were distributed to the participants.
Highlights of the final products of the workshop, as well as news of future events organized by LAUD, may be accessed via the department’s social media accounts (Instagram: @bilkent.laud; Facebook: @bilkent.laud).