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New Approaches to Spatial Planning and Design

Planning, Design, Applications

Edited By Murat Özyavuz

One of the main objectives of planning and design is the reflection of the works to the space. Therefore, the starting point of this book is to reveal the research conducted by different professions in the field of spatial planning and design. For this purpose, original researches on direct application and land were included. Planning and design studies need co-operation between professions in order to fulfill this philosophy. These activities are effective means of fulfilling the philosophy of sustainability. Planning and design is a tool to tell the story of a community, and how it’s past, present and future work together for a sustainable tomorrow. The design process in which the most appropriate spatial compositions are revealed by shaping the areas in the direction of planning decisions, develops in the continuation of the planning process. This book is for landscape architects and other planning and design professions. Theoretical foundations, theories, methods, and applications will be essential parts of this reference book. In addition, this book addresses several very different subjects of study; landscape management, biodiversity, landscape restoration, landscape design, urban design, urban planning and architectural design related to theory, practice and the results will be covered.

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21 An Analysis of the Spatial Needs and Flexibility in Postgraduate Centers of Theology in the Framework of Kayseri Case


Abstract: Religious education in Turkey is within the scope of public services. In order to increase the quality of this service, the Directorate of Religious Affairs conducts training at the Postgraduate Centers of Theology (PCsT). The PCsT that operate in different regions of Turkey are today progressing and the new ones are opening. In comparison to existing centers, PCT of Kayseri offered a unique approach in terms of its architectural design. In this study, the spatial development of PCT of Kayseri was examined; the novel perspective of this center was introduced.

Keywords: Education, Specialization, Religion, Flexibility in architecture, Postgraduate centers of theology, Education building

1 Introduction

It is an acknowledged fact that to achieve social development, in addition to education [1], production and sharing, a belief system also plays critical role. Accordingly, transferring religious belief system of the past to modern age as well as to the future on the basis of written resources and documents stands before us as one of the most salient aims of public service. In Turkey this particular public service is executed under the authority of Directorate of Religious Affairs. In-service trainings of the employed personnel in the Directorate (muftis and preachers primarily; inc. all graduates of theology school) spread over a period of 30–33 months in a Postgraduate Center of Theology (PCT).

Today in-service trainings are provided in PCTs stationed in Ankara, İstanbul, Konya, Trabzon, Erzurum, Kayseri, Rize, İzmir, Diyarbakır and Kocaeli....

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