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The second platform_c in September 2002 was a meeting
of the leading heads of the platform_c organization board.
The platform_c 2002 functioned mainly as a "think tank" of
specialists extending their network between local, overregional
and international contacts.
During one week of excursions to different architectural and restoration sites,
different themes had been discussed and various project ideas had been developed.
A major aim of platform_c is to focus on pilotprojects which can be realized
in the nearer future. Main focus was also layed on concerning further developments
and the structure of platform_c in the future.
As an NPO without any organinzational and financial status it is proposed by
the leaders to found an organization in form of an association (dernek) to be
able to funtion on a more professional base in the future and raise needed money
for the different pilotprojects. As a major result of the platform_c 2002 workshop
the group presented a number of concrete pilotproject scetches which are listed
Research and Documentation/ Documentation Center
The documentation of Cappadocia is one of the major issues
of the 'Cappadocia Academy for Art & Culture'. The experienced
ethnologist and ex-museum curator Andus Emge is establishing
a database and information-network on the region. Next to
collecting pieces of 'left overs' and local ethnographica
there are multimedia methods of recording traditional life
and recent changes.
This (work-in-progress) internet-website project was planned
by Andus Emge to provide interested visitors with general
scientic information on Cappadocia as well as showing workshop-
and running project results of the 'Cappadocia Academy'.
Architecture and Building Technology
A major project focused on by Titus Spree is concentrating on the future of
a "Cappadocia Building Academy" which should start working in the year 2004.
From that year on first plans should be realized towards a one-to-one model
of a future building alternative in Cappadocia. Titus Spree had done various
projects in the region as well as finishing his diploma thesis with a one-to-one
model for a new cave design in the Cappadocia village Cavusin.
Landscape as Identity
The Ungarian architect Samu Szemery contributed the platform_c 2002 meeting
with a proposal towards a 'landscape as identity' study with the major task
of research on traditional and present concepts and relations to space and landscape
to find new basis for urban, architectural and corporate development.
Design and Regional Management Local Manufacturing cooperative
Next to others a design and regional management projectstudy had been developed
by the Istanbul Colleages Meltem and Ceren. Their aim is to design and plan
a local manufactoring cooperative in Göreme where local goods are improved to
become produced, packed and distributed to the (tourism) market. Rethinking
Local Arts and Crafts Design Competition This project coordinated by Meltem
Maralcan and Ceren Bagatar will focus on gathering contemporary design ideas
from young designers in order to give local production new perspectives.
Sustainable Tourism Cultural Tourism Resource Center
The task of this project is a creation of an information database for cultural
tourism which will be crosslinked with the "fairychimney" website project prepared
by Andus Emge and co. It is also planned to provide visitors with information
on locally produced arts, crafts and other goods. Publication series several
themes concerning the regional culture and local products should be focused
on in nice presented publication forms. Traditional "Agro Turizm" cooperative
One of the themes disussed during platform_c 2002 was a development of concepts
for agricultural tourism focused on small family buisiness that still engage
in traditional farming and gardening. Local families will invite foreigners
to participate in their daily life and join their specific work concerning different
seasons. Cappadocia Hiking Resources This task will focus on a creation of a
guiding system including maps and hiking path indicators which should also focus
on a cooperation together with the forest ministery and the Göreme national
park direction as well as with local individual guides.
Education "Walking Academy"
This "Walking Academy" will provide an opportunity for children and young people
to discover their natural and cultural environment in a different way. This
idea of learning while walking results from older concepts developed by the
German Artists Kurt Link and Almut Wegner
who lived and worked together in Uchisar since many years.
Local Design workshop
This project started in 2001 with a workshop serie supported by 'Projectguggenheim'
where a group of young children from Cappadocia leaned to 'see', copy and reinterprete
local design forms which are typical to the region. First results had been presented
to the local authorities as well as to the local agenda 21. The project is planned
as a long term workshop serie with the aim to create curricula for a further
independend marketing strategy. It is supervized and directed by Andus Emge.
Computer workshop for children and other interested inhabitants
This project will concentrate on computer and internet education seminars, which
are planned particularly concerning the needs of the local population. It will
try to provide local people with information how to create their own websites
for small cooperatives as well as learning the basic use of computers and the
Multi Media Cappadocia CD-ROM
This idea became one of the first realized projects after first ideas and discussions
concerning a CD production during first platform_c 2000. The project directed
by Jürgen Süss tries to realize a combination of well funded scientific historic
and ethnograhic information next to modern animation techniques like panorama-pictures,
interactive plans, 3-D modelling as well as film documents and lots of pictures.
During the second platform_c meeting serious options where discussed concerning
the virtual reality in creating a modern image and virtual identity of Cappadocia.
One concrete idea was focusing on a creation of a computer game based on the
landscape and space systems as well as narratives and history of the regional
Cappadocian culture which might cooexist in different underground levels. The
group decided to follow up this subject, search for more detailed information
as well as to get into contact with relevant persons and branches, where computer
games are developed and produced. The platform_c network should be participated
with contributions concerning the storyboard, screenplay as well as to different
professional scetches and regional informations.
As an NPO without any financial or organizational background the platform_c
2002 organizational board came to the solution that it should be one of the
main concrete steps in the future towards an organizational form (association)
where platform_c activities can be more easily prepared in the future.
As an organization with financial and juristic status it is hoped to be able
to receive more sponsorsip and support. Fiancial support is needed to focus
on several pilotprojects as well as to continue keeping up the platform_c network
and organizing the next planned platform_c in 2004. It is planned to continue
with different pilotprojects which are supervized by different individuals and
small working groups.
All projects are also regulary consulted by the platform_c board. An other
main task is to intense the work within the local Cappadocian network so we
can work on concrete useful and practical solutios which benefit the region.
As platform_c is mainly an unhierachical network of interested individuals,
artists, architects and scientists, who are working somehow
in or on Cappadocia, it will always be an open-source network,
open to crosslink with new branches and other interested individuals.
We welcome evry form of contribution.
organization board platform_c 2002:
Ceren Bagatar (designer, Istanbul)
Dr. Andus Emge (anthopologist, Göreme)
Meltem Maralcan (designer, Istanbul)
Ass. Prof. Titus Spree (architect & designer, Tokio/Okinawa Japan)
Dr. Jürgen Süss (historian and multi-media producer)
Samu Szemery (architect, Budapest Ungary)
Dr. Wilhelm Hummen (Chief Advisor/ International Relations, Ankara-Istanbul)
Special thanks particular to the following people who invited us during our
platform_c meeting in September 2002 for showing us around and introducing us
to their homes and projects.:
Jaques Avizou (architect, Uchisar)
S¸ha Ersöz (restorator and pansion owner, Esbelli Evi-
Laura Prusoff (project initiator, Ortahisar)
Mükremin Tokmak (artist, Venessa Pansiyon - Avanos)
Almut Wegner (artist, Uchisar)
Cigdem Yilmaz (architect, Uchisar)
as well as the mayor of Göreme, Fevzi Günal and
the head of the Turizm Kooperativi, Mustafa Durmaz and many
other local people, planers, designers and friends, who joined
our meetings and discussions during platform_c 2002.