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Medine Altiok
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HCU Hamburg
PHD Student
Sihlfeldstrasse 175


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About My Work
I am founder of, an initiative dealing with the urban transformation in the Mediterranean Sea. Over 10 years I have been studying the Mediterranean Sea as a liquid territory and searching ways of visualizing the dynamics of the cities’ coastlines, the mutual dependencies of land and water, the construction of new ports, which are often in conflict with sensitive sea ground and the transformation of society. I envision removing cities at the coastline from their national context and shifting them into the liquid body of the Mediterranean.
The Mediterranean Sea is not only situated between continents, but simultaneously acts as a historical and contemporary centre and border zone. Mittelmeerland explores the future of this area as a territory of water through six distinct Mediterranean metropolises: Dubrovnik, Tangier, Beirut, Algiers, Alexandria and Izmir. Port Cities could position themselves as entities and manage the sea without borders. The liquid Territory could become a Network of cities. We consider the environment, trade and politics as uniting aspects. Culture is a strong character to emphasise individuality as well as common ground. The Liquid body allows thinking of different concepts of States and Nationalities. There is opportunity to maximise environmental efficiency by passive strategies and as well the exchange of research and technology. The wetlands are transforming. Different processes of Urbanisation take place simultaneously. The sensitive Mediterranean landscape is neither urbanised nor extensively explored yet. The Constitution makes sense within the same Climatic Context. Narrative Mapping was a main method of research. The perspective- the birdseye view from the sea towards the land- was used in former times as a tool for orientation during strategic wars. This was pacified and simply used for narrative mapping. Narrative mapping contains many layers of information, many scales and many stories in one single drawing. It allows cross – and multiple readings. They represent the relations, the small things in-between- it is scientific and poetic at once.
Professional Associations
I am a new PHD student at HCU Hamburg and attending different landscape or ocean related conferences:
- Viscous Space/ The offshore physicality of the North Sea bettween solid and liquid/ TU Delft in June 2018,
- Doktorandencolloquium von Studio Urbane Landschaften
- DARA TU Hannover