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 up below:
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
Computer workshop for children and other interested
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 internet.
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.
Get more infos on that via MediaCultura.
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.
Dr Andus Emge, Göreme 2002
organization board platform_c 2002:
Ceren Bagöatar (designer, Istanbul)
Dr. Andus Emge (anthopologist, Göreme)
Meltem Maralcan (designer, Istanbul)
Ass. Prof. Titus Spree (architect & designer, Tokio/Okinawa
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)
Süha Ers¶z (restorator and pansion owner, Esbelli Evi-
Laura Prusoff (project initiator, Ortahisar)
Mükremin Tokmak (artist, Venessa Pansiyon - Avanos)
Almut Wegner (artist, Uchisar)
Çigödem Y¶lmaz (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.