Completed Projects

The Southern Islands of Marmara: Documentation and Risk Assessment of Architectural Heritage

The main purpose of the project which took place between February 2019 – May 2020 is documenting the historical structures on-site through the field work, preparing the risk matrices and prolonging the lifetime of historical buildings as well as contributing to the cultural awareness in the Southern Islands of Marmara.

We documented the physical conditions, carried out the historical research, identified architectural problems and analyzed the risks and developed recommendations for the preservation of the structures that are no longer used, either because they no longer have owners or are abandoned, vulnerable to any damage (whether it is anthropogenic or natural)

We compiled a list of buildings on the Southern Marmara Islands and analyzed all of them with a team of experts over three trips. The islands visited by the team include Marmara Island, Ekinlik Island, Avşa Island, Paşalimanı Island, Koyun Island, Yer Island, Soğan Island, Hasır Island, Fener Island, Hali Island, and Sedef Island. Of these, only 6 had structures. A total of 78 religious, residential, educational, industrial, commercial buildings and historical fountains were documented.

A list of structures in the Southern Marmara Islands was created through literature research, historical asset registration lists and information obtained from the local stakeholders. These structures were assessed by a team of experts working in different disciplines in one-week fieldworks, conducted in April, August and October 2019. Marmara Island, Ekinlik Island, Avşa Island, Paşalimanı Island, Koyun Island, Yer Island, Soğan Island, Hasır Island, Fener Island, Hali Ada and Sedef Island were visited. Historic buildings were identified on six of these islands, with a total of 78 buildings documented, including religious buildings, houses, educational buildings, industrial heritage buildings, commercial buildings, and historical fountains.

For the documentation aspect of the project, we aimed to increase its impact by making use of digital technology. In this context, in collaboration with The Heritage Management Organization (HERITΛGE), we used digital technology to present architectural and intangible cultural elements together. Digital models of some structures were created and 360° panoramic photos were taken. Photogrammetry technique was used for 3D models and 360° panoramic views of the selected structures.

In addition, information on local memory was collected to analyze the value of the people living on the islands to the cultural heritage in the area. Including the values carried and / or reinterpreted by the local community, it was aimed to understand the islanders’ attitudes towards their cultural heritage and the value they attributed. A report was prepared containing the results of the questionnaires and interviews conducted face-to-face and online.

You can reach our publication, which includes the findings of field studies from the Publications section our website. For more detailed information, 360 ° panoramic views, 3D models and value analysis report, you can visit

Funder: German Federal Foreign Office

Project Coordinator: Mustafa Akçaöz


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