…This kind of sensibility has formed a culture that de-emphasizes the physical boundary between residence and surrounding nature and establishes instead a spiritual threshold. While screening man’s dwelling from nature it attempts to draw nature inside.

Tadao Ando

Sustainability recognizes human life and humanly created envronments as compatible components of integrity and continuity of the ecosystem as essential principle, in line with this understanding, refers to an alternative, innovative and integrated methodology which stimulates design strategies addressing balanced relationship with nature and in the search for solutions to environmental problems as from architectural design to urban development level.

The approach of sustainability articulates eco-friendly measures that can contribute to the environment by using the high standard design technologies and resources which the elements in nature can be applied from the building itself.

The concept of sustainability dates back to the year of 1987 when it appeared for the first time in the Brundtland Report (also entitled ‘Our Common Future’) produced by several countries for the UN and defined as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

Sustainable design approach has come to the forefront in the last a couple of decades when global warming, climate change and environmental degradation have been peaking, in response for this pioneer initiatives pursuit new approachs to the symbiotic interrelationship between architecture and nature.

During over 30 years, ‘green thought’, as opposed to the approaches that ignore nature, through the conciousness in visionary ideologies ranked as reduction of consumption and availability of natural resources caused evolution on the design patterns as an environmetal and social paradigm shift. Within this period we have witnessed breakthrough technologies such as use of alternative energies, eco-friendly building management systems, recyclable systems, low carbon emissions, zero energy buildings etc. across the world.

As for FREM, the concept, as the mergence of FM (Facilities Management: integration of processes within an organization to maintain and develop the agreed services which support and improve the effectiveness of its primary activities) and CREM (Corporate Real Estate Management: management of the real estate portfolio of a corporation by aligning the portfolio and services to the needs of the core business, in order to obtain maximum added value for the business and to contribute optimally to the overall performance of the organization) addresses a practice to seek to optimize the necessary fit between the demand and supply side of the business on different scale levels.

The concept of sustainable FREM has developed in parallel with the overarching concept of sustainable development and the growing appreciation of the scale of predicted climate change. The case for change has been successfully made and the need to balance the three strands of sustainable development – social, economic and environmental – is apparent. FREM is at the forefront of organisational behavioural change and in a position to influence the business, government and public services.

With the purpose to bring experts from involved disciplines together and to be able to synthesize different perspectives, in cooperation with Beykent University and Group FSA, conference titled “THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT IN MOTION: MEASURES FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE” is to be held to depict the current view and promote the new paradigms. In addition to this, this conference adopts an ethical and responsible approach so as to share ideas in a ‘sine qua non’ vision of design with the nature.

Beykent University and Group FSA organize this conference to deal with cross-cut issues in architecture and urban design and addresses the question of the ways we can best and cohesively integrate all the aspects of energy systems, transportation systems, waste and water management and passive and active strategies into contemporary urban design and improved environmental performance of our cities.

The significance of this conference lies in the pressing need for the integration of sustainability principles in the urban design process of cities and the general need for sustainable development.

Invited presentations will explore how to develop the built environment to be more liveable and resilient through better governance and planning, technology and social innovations, as well as by collaborations with various stakeholders. Through shared vision and active engagement, the public, private and people sectors can co-create innovative and integrated urban solutions for a more sustainable future.