Meltem is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Architecture of Bauhaus University Weimar. She holds a Master in Urban Design from Middle East Technical University. Related to her subject of interest which is the evolving characteristics of urban public places in the mobile communication era, she has published research papers in which she criticizes the acknowledged images of urban space beyond the architectural determinism.
She has presented her works at mLife Conferences (2008-2009). In 2010 she has presented at the Media and Proximity Conference of Siegen University and lately in 2016, she has presented at the Urban Art: Creating the Urban with Art Conference organized by Humboldt Universität Berlin and published research papers. She has realized many urban design projects in Turkey and in Germany and has won prizes for her competition projects.
Recently she joined ICON group at Utrecht University as a visiting researcher by the support of Short Term Scientific Mission (STSM) research grant provided by European Cooperation in Science and Technology.
This research aims to reinterpret the meaning and the image of the components of urban space through everyday life rituals dominated by Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). The architectural/urban design theories are usually visually based which determine the education in the related fields. However the findings of this research so far show that the visual identity is changed when location based information technologies and digital media dominates the city. Thus, this research is very important in terms of re-reading urban design theories and encourages bottom-up processes for more liveable cities. Moreover it can change the theory because it stands beyond architectural determinism.
The project is conducted in various urban contexts in different period of times (Ankara-2009 and Utrecht-2017) in order to reach more accurate interpretations by questioning the image of physical urban space through ‘meeting places’. The final stage of this project is planned to be conducted in Berlin. The city survey is consisting of questionnaire research and interviews conducted in the focus areas cities. According to the findings which are quite interesting; meeting places became the simultaneously scheduled activities, rather than situated/organized activities and related to this issue; meeting places were scattered along the paths. Streets or the boulevards (linear forms) in the city are preferred as meeting places more often beside landmarks (point wise). Mobile phone enables the fluid places and interior places (restaurants, inside the train stations, shopping malls, etc.) to become a part of the cognitive inventory.