Pinar Bilgic

Pinar holds a B.Sc. (Hon.) in architecture. She worked as a project coordinator architect in private sector and as a civil servant supervisor architect at the local government, where she was in charge of control and approval of architectural projects according to the valid plans, laws, and building codes. As her experiences in this highly politicized environment have broadened her perspective on architecture, her professional interests shifted towards urban and regional governance. She joined the master’s program Mundus Urbano-M.Sc. in International Cooperation in Urban Development upon being awarded a European Commission scholarship. After her internship at the Regional Authority Frankfurt Rhine-Main and her external contribution on the new land-use planning concept of the region Frankfurt Rhine-Main, she has started her Ph.D. at the Darmstadt University of Technology, Chair of Design and Urban Development. Her current research focuses on the urban transformations in the region and the land-use conflict between meeting the housing demand and protecting urban green spaces. Through an analysis of the resilience of urban green spaces under the impact of urban transformations, Pinar's main motivation is to proactively connect academic discourses with practice.

PhD Project

“Urban social-ecological systems in transition: Exploring the resilience of urban green spaces in the region Frankfurt Rhine-Main”

Considering more frequent and stronger heat periods and severe precipitation incidents as outcomes of a changing climate, subject of climate change adaptation in urban planning becomes increasingly important. As in the example of Frankfurt Rhine-Main region, a large number of urban regions worldwide are facing a common conflict: an increasing housing demand should be met since urban populations tend to rise; whereas urban settings should be provided with more green spaces to cope with climate change. Based on climate change adaptation strategies, there should be sufficient inner-city green space reserves within an urban setting. At the same time, considering the need to densify the urban fabric due to increasing housing demand, spatial reserves in inner-city areas should be utilized instead of sprawling over urban greenfields. In the region Frankfurt Rhine-Main, the demand for new housing is peaking; whereas the national goal is to reduce daily consumption of open land from 113 hectares a day to 30 hectares by 2020. The main principle is ‘inner before outer development,’ which urges subnational governments to protect natural environment and to produce strategies accordingly. Revolved around the concepts of climate adaptation, urban political ecology, and regional governance, the research explores the resilience of urban green spaces of the region which are undergoing inevitable urban transformations.

University Studies and Degrees

2017 Ph.D. Candidate-TU Darmstadt, Graduate School of Urban Studies URBANgrad
2014-2016 M.Sc. International Cooperation in Urban Development-Mundus Urbano
Université Grenoble Alpes-Urbanisme, Habitat et Coopération Internationale (16/20)
TU Darmstadt-International Cooperation in Urban Development (1,56/1,0)
2005-2010 B.Sc. (Hon.) Gazi University, Department of Architecture (3,01/4,00)

Professional Experiences

2017 – to date TU Darmstadt – Research assistant
2016 – 2017 Regionalverband FrankfurtRheinMain-Freelancer
2016 – to date Politisches und Soziales Forschungsinstitut Europas-Voluntary research fellow
2016 Regionalverband FrankfurtRheinMain-Intern
2012-2014 Municipality of Yenimahalle-Civil Servant Supervisor Architect
2010-2012 Architecture companies-Project (Coordinator) Architect

Scholarships and Awards

2017 Ph.D. at TU Darmstadt Chair of Design and Urban Development Scholarship holder: Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
2014-2016 M.Sc. International Cooperation in Urban Development-Mundus Urbano Scholarship holder: European Commission

Talks and Conferences

  • 12th AESOP Young Academics Conference Groningen 2018: Navigating Change
  • ATTNPL: KommunikationsWorkshop für Doktoranden (July 2017)
  • Rapid Planning: held presentation on behalf of Regionalverband FrankfurtRheinMain (May 2016)
  • Deutsches Architekturmuseum: exhibited project 'Thinking Outside the Box: Gezi Parkour' (May 2016)
  • Urbano Workshop: Food Bank Foundation Headquarters, Barcelona (February 2016) Food Banking: An Emergency Response to the Crisis in Developed Countries
  • Socio-Economic and Urban Transformations of City of Belgrade (May 2015)
  • Urbano Workshop: UN Food and Agriculture Organization Headquarters, Rome (February 2015) Changing Rural-Urban Dynamics: Implications for Sustainable Development in a Post-2015 World
  • Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, France: Urban Transitions to Sustainability (June 2014)
  • Ankara Bar Association: Zoning Law Certificate Program (July 2013)